The Big Lebowski and Philosophy
Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom
By William Irwin, Peter S. Fosl
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: April 2012
Pages: 304

Is abiding a virtue?

Does Walter's aggression illustrate the principles of just war theory?

Does bowling help Donny, Walter, and the Dude resist nihilism?

Does the Dude exemplify the Taoist way of life?

Is the Dude a feminist ally?

In the morally corrupt world of The Big Lebowski, the Dude emerges as a beacon of integrity, authenticity, and virtue. He is a philosopher's hero who struggles to live the good life in spite of assault, rug peeing, an apparent kidnapping, and the death of a friend—and The Big Lebowski and Philosophy unpacks the deeper meaning of it all. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato, Nietzsche, Aristotle, Gödel, Derrida, Freud, Wittgenstein, and Epicurus, the book explores the Dude's pacifism and Walter's warrior instincts, the class war between unemployed bums and capitalist achievers, and how leisure is an essential part of our human existence. Read this book and you'll know why The Big Lebowski is one of the greatest existentialist movies of all time. But that's just, you know, our opin

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