Arrested Development and Philosophy

ebook They've Made a Huge Mistake · Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture

By William Irwin

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Is George Michael's crush on his cousin unnatural?
Is it immoral for Lindsay to lie about stealing clothes to hide her job?
Is Gob better off living his life in bad faith?
What inferences can we draw from Tobias's double-entendres?
Are the pictures really of bunkers or balls?

The Bluth family's faults, foibles, and character flaws are so excruciatingly familiar that we squirm in painful recognition of the outrageous impulses that we all have but would never act on. The Bluths seem utterly unaware of the gaping distance between their behavior and accepted social norms. Lurking behind this craziness are large moral and philosophical issues to be explored. From Plato to Aristotle, from Descartes to Marx, Arrested Development and Philosophy draws from great philosophical minds to shed new light on the show's key questions and captivating themes, including the nature of self-knowledge and happiness, business ethics and capitalist alienation, social class, the role of error in character development, and much more.

Arrested Development and Philosophy