The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke

A lighthearted meditation at the philosophical quandaries of the hit tv express The tremendous Bang Theory

Ever ask yourself what Aristotle may possibly say in regards to the existence Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes might applaud the roommate contract? Who Immanuel Kant may deal with with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" And—most importantly—whether Wil Wheaton is actually evil? after all you have got. Bazinga!

This booklet mines the deep considering a few of history's such a lot powerful philosophical minds to discover your such a lot urgent questions about The significant Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. you could locate different philosophy books on technology and cosmology, yet in basic terms this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle.

  • Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights in your favourite Big Bang Theory characters, tale traces, and ideas
  • Examines very important subject matters concerning ethics and advantage, technological know-how, semiotics, faith, and the human condition
  • Brings the deliberating many of the world's maximum philosophers to endure on The large Bang Theory, from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and more

Essential interpreting for each Big Bang Theory fan, this publication explores no matter if comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the nice lifestyles, and whether or not they can comprehend sufficient technology to "tear the masks off nature and stare on the face of God."

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Arrested Development and Philosophy: They've Made a Huge Mistake

A shrewdpermanent philosophical examine the cult hit tv exhibit, Arrested Development

Arrested Development earned six Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, serious acclaim, and a devoted cult following—and then it was once canceled. thankfully, this ebook steps into the void left by means of the show's untimely death by means of exploring the attention-grabbing philosophical matters on the center of the quirky Bluths and their comedian exploits. even if it is reflecting on Gob's self-deception or digging into Tobias's double entendres, you will watch your favourite scenes and episodes of the exhibit in a complete new way.

  • Takes an unique examine the philosophical rules and tensions within the show's plots and themes
  • Gives you new insights concerning the Bluth kin and different characters: Is George Michael's overwhelm on his cousin unnatural? Is it immoral for Lindsay to lie approximately stealing outfits to conceal the truth that she has a task? Are the photographs particularly of bunkers or balls?
  • Lets you sound super-smart as you rattle off the names of significant philosophers like Sartre and Aristotle to give an explanation for key characters and episodes of the show

Packed with thought-provoking insights, Arrested improvement and Philosophy is vital studying for somebody who desires to comprehend extra approximately their overdue, lamented television express. and it will continue you entertained until eventually the long-awaited Arrested Development motion picture eventually comes out. (Whenever that is.)

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The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

The variety of guides facing online game reports has exploded over the process the decade, however the box has produced few entire reference works. The Routledge better half to game Studies, compiled through famous game students Mark J. P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, goals to deal with the continuing theoretical and methodological improvement of video game stories, delivering scholars, students, and online game designers with a definitive examine modern online game reports.

Features contain:

  • comprehensive and interdisciplinary versions and methods for examining games;
  • new views on games either as artwork shape and cultural phenomenon;
  • explorations of the technical and artistic dimensions of video games;
  • accounts of the political, social, and cultural dynamics of video games.

Each essay offers a full of life and succinct precis of its goal region, speedy bringing the reader up to date at the pertinent matters surrounding every one element of the sector, together with references for extra interpreting. jointly, they supply an outline of the current nation of video game reviews that might certainly turn out beneficial to pupil, pupil, and fashion designer alike.

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X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-Verse

By William Irwin, Rebecca Housel

X-Men is without doubt one of the preferred comedian e-book franchises ever, with profitable spin-offs that come with numerous characteristic motion pictures, sketch sequence, bestselling games, and item. this is often the 1st examine the deeper problems with the X-Men universe and the alternatives dealing with its strong "mutants," akin to id, human ethics as opposed to mutant morality, and self-sacrifice.

J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Oneonta, long island) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hartwick collage and the editor of kinfolk man and Philosophy (978-1-4051-6316-3) and The place of work and Philosophy (978-1-4051-7555-5). Rebecca Housel (Rochester, long island) is a professor at Rochester Institute of know-how, the place she teaches approximately writing and dad tradition. For William Irwin's biography, please see below.

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The Philosophy of Joss Whedon (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

By Amy H. Sturgis

Each iteration produces a counterculture icon. Joss Whedon, author of the long-running tv sequence Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is famed for his subversive wit, wealthy characters, and outstanding plotlines. His renown has in basic terms grown with next creations, together with Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and the leading edge on-line sequence Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. via premises as strange as a supernatural detective corporation run by way of a vampire and a Western set in outer house, Whedon weaves tales approximately characters pressured to make usual ethical judgements below the main strange of situations.

The Philosophy of Joss Whedon examines Whedon's plots and characterizations to bare their philosophical takes at the limits of private freedom, sexual morality, radical evil, and Daoism.

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The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

Starting within the mid-1980s, a skilled set of comics artists replaced the yank comic-book without end through introducing grownup sensibilities and aesthetic concerns into well known genres comparable to superhero comics and the newspaper strip. Frank Miller’s Batman: The darkish Knight Returns (1986) and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen (1987) revolutionized the previous style particularly. in this similar interval, underground and substitute genres started to garner severe acclaim and media awareness past comics-specific shops, as top represented by means of paintings Spiegelman’s Maus. Publishers started to gather, bind, and industry comics as “graphic novels,” and those seemed in mainstream bookstores and in journal reviews.

The upward thrust of the yankee Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts brings jointly new scholarship surveying the construction, distribution and reception of yankee comics from this pivotal decade to the current. the gathering particularly explores the determine of the comics creator―either as author, as artist, or as author and artist―in modern U.S. comics, utilizing creators as focal issues to judge alterations to the undefined, its aesthetics, and its serious reception. The e-book additionally contains essays on landmark creators similar to Joe Sacco, paintings Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, in addition to insightful interviews with Jeff Smith (Bone), Jim Woodring (Frank) and Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics). As comics have reached new audiences, via diversified fabric and digital types, the public’s wide conception of what comics are has replaced. The upward push of the yankee Comics Artist surveys the ways that the determine of the author has been on the center of those evolutions.

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Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past

One of The Telegraph's most sensible song Books 2011

We dwell in a pop age long past loco for unfashionable and loopy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion excursions, multiplied reissues of vintage albums and outtake-crammed field units, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . yet what occurs after we run out of previous? Are we heading towards a kind of culturalecological disaster the place the archival movement of father historical past has been exhausted?

Simon Reynolds, one of many most interesting tune writers of his iteration, argues that we have got certainly reached a tipping aspect, and that even supposing prior eras had their very own obsessions with antiquity―the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement's invocations of medievalism―never has there been a society so captivated with the cultural artifacts of its personal rapid earlier. Retromania is the 1st ebook to check the unfashionable and ask the query: is that this retromania a dying knell for any originality and forte of our own?

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Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption: Fast Food, Credit Cards and Casinos

By George Ritzer

In this publication, one of many prime social theorists and cultural commentators of contemporary occasions, turns his gaze on intake. George Ritzer, writer of the recognized McDonaldization Thesis, demonstrates the irrational results of the rational wish to devour and commodify. He examines how McDonaldization might be resisted, and situates the reader within the new cultural areas which are rising in society: procuring shops, on line casino lodges, Disneyfied subject parks and Las Vegas -- the recent `cathedrals of intake' as he calls them. The publication exhibits how new approaches of intake relate to globalization idea. In illuminating discussions of the paintings of Thorstein Veblen and the French situationists, Ritzer reveals the roots of difficulties of intake in older sociological traditions. He exhibits how transgression is certain up with intake, via an research of the obscene in renowned and postmodern tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Olympics and Philosophy (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Michael W. Austin

It is related the champions of the traditional Olympic video games got a crown of olive leaves, symbolizing a divine blessing from Nike, the winged goddess of victory. whereas the mythology of the traditional video games has come to exemplify the top political, spiritual, neighborhood, and person beliefs of the time, the fashionable Olympic video games, via comparability, are well known as a global, bi-annual wearing occasion the place champions have the aptitude to earn not just glory for his or her kingdom, yet profitable endorsement offers and the perks of globally status. The Olympics and Philosophy examines the Olympic circulation from numerous theoretical views to discover the relationship among athleticism and philosophy for a deeper appreciation of the Olympic Pillars of game, atmosphere, and Culture.

While brand new Olympic champions are neither blessed by way of the gods nor rewarded with wreaths of olive, the unique spirit and historic beliefs of the Olympic move suffer in its sleek embodiment. Editors Heather L. Reid and Michael W. Austin have assembled a workforce of foreign students to discover subject matters resembling the concept that of excellence, ethics, doping, gender, and race. Interweaving historical and sleek Olympic traditions, The Olympics and Philosophy considers the philosophical implications of the video games' intersection with ancient occasions and sleek controversy in a distinct research of culture and the way forward for the Olympiad.

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