Everything I Know I Learned from TV: Philosophy for the Unrepentant Couch Potato

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Ever sat down to watch your favorite TV show and thought, How can doing this teach me how to live a better life, make the world a fairer place, define good from bad?” Mark Rowlands uses our favorite television shows to answer the great questions of philosophy. Let Buffy the Vampire Slayer make sense of the burden of responsibility, Ross and Rachel teach you about love and friendship, 24’s Jack Bauer explain the importance of justice all ably assisted by the finest philosophical theorists who have ever lived: Nietzsche, Epicurus, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle.

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Mark Rowlands is a beer-drinking, surfing bum who also happens to be the Director of the Centre for Philosophy at the University of Exeter. He has written eight books, including The Environmental Crisis and Animals Like Us and taught everywhere from Oxford to Alabama. His charismatic mix of high learning and pop attitude make his books a thumping good read.

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Who would you rather have as a philosophical life coach: Socrates or Homer Simpson? Professor Mark Rowlands—author of Philosopher at The End of the Universe—contends that all the revelations of a college philosophy course can be gleaned from shows like Sex and the City, Friends, Seinfeld, and The Sopranos.

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