Family Guy and Philosophy
Family Guy and Philosophy
ISBN: 978-1-405-16316-3 October 2007 Wiley-Blackwell 228 Pages
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You Better Not Read This, Pal: An Introduction to Family Guy and Philosophy: J. Jeremy Wisnewski.
Part I. Those Good Ole’ Fashion Values on which we used to rely.
1. Killing the Griffins: A Murderous Exposition of Postmodernism: J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Hartwick College).
2. Family Guy and God: Should Believers Take Offense?: Ray J. VanArragon (Bethel University).
3. Quagmire, Virtue, and Perversity: Shaun Miller (Weber State University).
4. Francis Griffin and the Church of the Holy Fonz: Religious Exclusivism and "Real" Religion: David Kyle Johnson (King's College).
Part II. Lucky there’s a family guy! (And what a family!).
5. Let Us Now Praise Clueless Men: Peter Griffin and Philosophy: Jerry Samet (Brandeis University).
6. Lois: Portrait of a Mother (Or, Nevermind Death, Motherhood is a Bitch): Stephanie Empey (University of California, Riverside).
7. Mmmyez: Stewie and the Seven Deadly Sins: Sharon M. Kaye (John Carroll University).
8. The Other Children: The Significance of Meg and Chris: P. Sue Dohnimm.
9. He Thinks He’s People: How Brian Made Personhood for the Dogs: Daniel Malloy (Appalachian State University).
Part III. He-he-he-he-he. You expected more lyrics, but you’re getting logic, comedy, and the logic of comedy.
10. The Logic of Expectation: Family Guy and the Non Sequitur: Jonah P.B. Goldwater (Baruch College).
11. What Are You Laughing At (And Why)? Exploring the Humor of Family Guy: Andrew Terjesen (Washington and Lee University).
12. Thinkin’ is Freakin’ Sweet: Family Guy and Fallacies: Robert Arp (Florida State University).
13. The Simpsons Already Did It! This Show Is A Freakin’ Rip-Off!: Shai Biderman (Boston University) and William J. Devlin (Boston University).
Part IV. Family Problems.
14. Is Brian More of a “Person” than Peter? Of Wills, Wantons, and Wives: Mark D. White (College of Staten Island).
15. The Ego is a Housewife Named Lois: Robert Sharp (University of Alabama).
16. The Lives and Times of Stewie Griffin: Tuomas Manninen (Arizona State University West).
17. Kierkegaard and the Norm (MacDonald) of Death: Adam Buben (University of South Florida).
Appendix: Everything you ever needed to know about Meg Griffin, as compiled by the contributors.
Notes on Contributors: What the deuce!?! They’re real! (Most of them, anyway) [Contributor Bios].
Index: He-he-he-he-he-he … You read books [Index]
Dave Baggett, editor of Harry Potter and Philosophy and Hitchcock and Philosophy<!--end-->
“This book doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever, which obviously means it’s brilliant.”
Joey Green, author of The Bathroom Professor: Philosophy on the Go
"Author cooks up a big bowl of philosophy stew while exposing the Family Guy for what it is; a beacon of post-modernism."
“It is a rare opportunity to philosophically deconstruct life's absurdities … . We can laugh in the face of life's troublesome ideas and attempt to understand them.” Associated Content
- A sharp, witty and absurd exploration of one of television’s most unrelenting families, the stars of one of the biggest-selling TV series ever on DVD, now in its fourth season
- Tackles the perennial positions of Family Guy at the same time as contemplating poignant philosophical issues
- Takes an introspective look at what this show can teach us about ethics, ego, religion, death, and of course, time-travel
- Considers whether Family Guy is really a vehicle for conservative politics, and whether we should be offended by the show, as well as diving into the philosophy of the cast