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Book News Annotation:

Hanley (philosophy, U. of Delaware) and a handful of co-contributors harness the often crude and always satirical humor of the cartoon television series South Park in order to explore such serious philosophical issues as the existence of God, the anti-paternalist assumptions of political libertarianism, the justification for gay marriage, time travel paradoxes, and the educational of John Dewey. Hanley's unabashed reveling in South Park's frequent crudities (however meaningful they may be) probably means that those offended by the show are unlikely to we won over by this volume, but conversely the very same reveling might encourage the many dedicated fans of the show to serious reflection on the issues raised by Hanley and the others. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Trey Parker and Matt Stones long-running Comedy Central hit cartoon South Park has been equally cheered and reviled for its edgy humor, poited satire of current events and celebrities, and all-around obnoxiousness. But is there more to Kyle, the lonely Jew, Timmy and the Crips, Cartmans bitchiness, Chefs inappropriate advice, and Kennys continued violent deaths than meets the eye? This collection of essays affirms that possibility. Individual chapters take a sometimes witty, often provocative look at “Is South Park a Libertarian Manifesto?", "That's So Gay!", and "Why Is Cartman Such an Asshole?”. The writers apply classical philosophical analysis to this two-dimensional dystopia, whether in Paul Drapers “Why Good Things Happen to Bad People — The Problem of Evil in South Park” or Randall Auxiers “Finding South Park on the Map: Officer Barbrady, Mayor McDaniel, and Chef in Platos Republic.” South Park and Philosophy presents new and thoughtful approaches to understanding this surprisingly meaningful show.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812696134
Author:
Hanley, Richard
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15 oz

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Trey Parker and Matt Stones long-running Comedy Central hit cartoon South Park has been equally cheered and reviled for its edgy humor, poited satire of current events and celebrities, and all-around obnoxiousness. But is there more to Kyle, the lonely Jew, Timmy and the Crips, Cartmans bitchiness, Chefs inappropriate advice, and Kennys continued violent deaths than meets the eye? This collection of essays affirms that possibility. Individual chapters take a sometimes witty, often provocative look at “Is South Park a Libertarian Manifesto?", "That's So Gay!", and "Why Is Cartman Such an Asshole?”. The writers apply classical philosophical analysis to this two-dimensional dystopia, whether in Paul Drapers “Why Good Things Happen to Bad People — The Problem of Evil in South Park” or Randall Auxiers “Finding South Park on the Map: Officer Barbrady, Mayor McDaniel, and Chef in Platos Republic.” South Park and Philosophy presents new and thoughtful approaches to understanding this surprisingly meaningful show.
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