The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke
By William Irwin, Dean A. Kowalski
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: March 2012
Pages: 288

What would Aristotle make of Sheldon Cooper's life?

Why would Thomas Hobbes applaud the roommate agreement?

Why would Immanuel Kant heap haughty derision upon weaving un-unravelable webs?

Is Sheldon's "scientistic" approach to everyday life healthy or doomed to failure?

Is Wil Wheaton truly evil?

The answers to your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its goofy geniuses can be found inside The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy. Packed with irresistibly geek-worthy insights on your favorite characters, storylines, and ideas, this book examines important themes involving ethics and virtue, science, semiotics, religion, and the human condition. It brings the thinking of some of the world's greatest philosophers to bear on key aspects of the show, from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and others. You might find other philosophy books on science and cosmology, but only this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Essential reading for every fan of The Big Bang Theory, this book explores whether comic book–wielding geeks can lead the good life, and whether they can know enough science to "tear the mask off nature and stare at the face of God." Bazinga!

“If you’re looking for a straight discussion of philosophy try reading Frederick Copleston’s The History of Philosophy, but if you’re open to learning in a fun environment try this book. Just remember that this book is first of all a study of philosophy geared to the non-specialist. The by-product of the book is that you will deepen your understanding of and engagement with the characters in these shows.” (Ponderings on a Faith Journey, 10 August 2012)

Review copy sent on 29.6.12 to Ponderings on a Faith Journey
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