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The Big Lebowski and Philosophy: Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom

The Big Lebowski and Philosophy: Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom

Author: William Irwin
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Celebrate the Dude with an abiding look at the philosophy behind The Big Lebowski Is the Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius living the good life? Naturally, it's the latter, and The Big Lebowski and Philosophy explains why. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato and Nietzsche, the book explores the movie's hidden philosophical layers, cultural reflection, and political commentary. It also answers key questions, including: The Dude abides, but is abiding a virtue? Is the Dude an Americanized version of the Taoist way of life? How does The Big Lebowski illustrate the Just War Theory? How does bowling help Donny, Walter, and the Dude oppose nihilism? Yes, the Dude is deep, and so is this book. Don't watch the movie - or go to Lebowski Fest - without it.*
Explores many of The Big Lebowski's key themes, such as nihilism, war and politics, money and materialism, idealism and morality, history, and more * Gives you new perspective on the movie's characters-the Dude, the Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, Donny, Maude Lebowski, Bunny Lebowski, and others* Helps you appreciate the Coen Brothers classic even more with the insights of Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, Derrida, and other philosophical heavyweights
Table of contents
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Some Real Achievers Introduction: Sometimes There?s a Film I. First Round Robin: Tying it All Together, or Not 1. What Would the Dude Do? Deconstructing the Dude Joseph Zeccardi and Hilda H. Ma 2. The Big Lebowski and Mathematical Logic Craig Jackson II. Second Round Robin: Thousands of Years of Philosophical Tradition or From Plato to Sandy Koufax 3. The Dude Abides, But Does He Flourish? Jason T. Eberl 4. "Man Down!" Aristotle, Epicurus, and the Dude on Friendship and Solidarity Ian O'Loughlin 5. Epicurus and "Contented Poverty": The Big Lebowski as Epicurean Parable Morgan Rempel 6. Buddhism, Daoism, and Dudeism Joseph J. Lynch III. Third Round Robin: Over the Line! 7. Drawing a Line in the Sand: Rules of Aggression in The Big Lebowski David Svolba and Adam Betz 8. "That Ain't Legal Either": Rules, Virtue, and Authenticity in The Big Lebowski IV. Fourth Round Robin: Nothing to Be Afraid of 9. Jeffrey Nicholas, Bowling our Way out of Nihilism 10. Existentialism, Absurdity, and The Big Lebowski Bryan N. Baird 11. Bowling, Despair, and American Nihilism Evan Brown and Peter S. Fosl V. Fifth Round Robin: What Makes a Dude? 12. The Big Lebowski's Oedipal Complex Roger Hunt 13. Being an Achiever at Lebowski Fest Julie Dufort and Roseline Lemire-Cadieux 14. "Mr. Treehorn treats objects like women, man": The Dude as Feminist Ally Ben Almassi 15. "Well, I do work, sir": The Dude and the Value of Sloth Nicolas Michaud VI. Sixth Round Robin: Mark it Zero! 16. "Am I wrong"?: Walter's Will to Believe Daniel P. Malloy 17. "That's just like, uh, your opinion, man": Jesus the Dude, and Ordinary Language Philosophy Reuben Stern, Sam Wilkinson VII. Seventh Round Robin: Livin' in the Past 18. Jews, and the Philosophy of Memory Clancy Smith, Hippies 19. "I don't roll on shabbas!" Jewish Identity and the Meaning of History in The Big Lebowski Joseph A. Edelheit Contributors: The Rest of the Dude's Bowling Team Index: Little of This, Little of That
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General Fields

  • : 9781118074565
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : May 2012
  • : 225mm X 153mm X 21mm
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William Irwin
  • : Paperback
  • : 712
  • : 304