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Family Guy and Philosophy: A Cure for the Petarded (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

Family Guy and Philosophy: A Cure for the Petarded (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)
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Family Guy and Philosophy brings together low-brow, potty-mouthed, cartoon humor and high-brow philosophical reflection to deliver an outrageously hilarious and clever exploration of one of TV’s most unrelenting families. Ok, it’s not that high-brow.

  • 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

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #124553 in Books
  • Published on: 2007-09-19
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 232 pages


  • ISBN13: 9781405163163
  • Condition: New
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Editorial Reviews

“Maddening in its irreverent audacity, this book reminds me of an old girlfriend: iconoclastic and argumentative, occasionally insane but always entertaining, with a soul of which Stewie could be proud. I couldn’t pull myself away!”
Dave Baggett, editor of Harry Potter and Philosophy and Hitchcock and Philosophy

“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

From the Back Cover

That’s right. We’ve done it. We’ve brought together lowbrow, potty-mouthed, cartoon humor and highbrow philosophical reflection. Ok, it’s not that highbrow, but the results are outrageously delicious. In Family Guy and Philosophy we tackle the perennial positions of the show and contemplate a little philosophy to boot!

Is Family Guy really a vehicle for conservative politics? What’s so funny about dysfunctional families? Should we all be offended by the show? This book gathers original essays from premier philosophers to get behind the punchlines and find out what we’re really laughing at. And of course we dive into the philosophy of the cast as well, asking the important questions, like: What the hell is wrong with Stewie? Who is more human, Peter or Brian? Is Lois a feminist? Is there anything virtuous about Quagmire?

Family Guy and Philosophy takes an introspective look at what this show can teach us about the ego, ethics, religion, death, and of course, time-travel, and delivers a merciless exploration of one of TV’s most unrelenting families.

About the Author
J. Jeremy Wisnewski is Assistant Professor at Hartwick College. He is the author of Wittgenstein and Ethical Inquiry: A Defense of Ethics as Clarification (2007) and The Politics of Agency: Toward a Pragmatic Approach to Philosophical Anthropology (2008). He is also the editor of The Office and Philosophy (Blackwell, 2008).

Customer Reviews

Enjoyable look at a funny show5
Any intelligent fan of Family Guy will enjoy this book. They will also learn a lot about philosophy. Ever heard of William Clifford? You will if you read Family Guy and Philosophy. Is Peter's Church of the Fonze a real religion? Is Brian more of a person than Peter? Is FG a ripoff of the Simpsons? All these questions and others are discussed in this delightful book. Well worth it at the paperback price.

Ferdinand Starbuck's Review4
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book either but I'm so glad I did! It's really funny and some of his views are pretty interesting.

I still think I did a good job5
I still think I did a good job on this book!

For the reviewer who didn't realize this was a philosophy book: please learn to read. And saying the book isn't funny? Well, he obviously didn't read the index!

And for Marvin: please read the rest of the book. Don't stop after 5 pages and then write a review!


P.S. The bird is the word!

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