30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There (The by William Irwin

By William Irwin

A desirable exploration of the philosophy in the back of NBC’s hit television sequence, 30 RockWith edgy writing and an excellent forged, 30 Rock is likely one of the funniest tv indicates at the air—and the place hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy moral heroes? Kenneth redefines "goody shoes", yet what does it fairly suggest to be sturdy? Dr. Leo Spaceman often demonstrates that drugs isn't a technological know-how, so what's the position of the incompetent expert in the United States today?In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow solid individuals are thrust onto the philosophical level with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand different nice thinkers to ascertain those key questions and so forth that contain the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.Takes an enjoyable, up-close examine the philosophical matters at the back of 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist beliefs to workaholism and the which means of lifeEquips you with a brand new knowing of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and different charactersGives you deep and significant new purposes (who knew?) for gazing Tina Fey and your different favorites on 30 RockIdeal for either informal and diehard lovers, this ebook is the basic better half for each 30 Rock­-watcher.

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She almost did in “Jackie JormpJomp,” but she had the bad luck of stumbling on an alternative even worse than work. Perhaps if she tried it again, older and wiser, things might go better the second time around. If she doesn’t find love, she might at least become a contender in her local fight club. NOTES 1. Understanding how a vision could be inspiring but not widely defended is no more problematic that understanding why a religion might be appealing if one is not inclined to take it literally. I can find the idea of heaven inspiring, even if I am not a Christian.

To remain “semi-virtuous” is still to remain an incomplete human being. There is nothing admirable about this, even if it does describe the condition of most people. Moreover, insofar as the semi-virtuous path is valorized, Confucius and Aristotle would have said that it’s a sign of a cynical, somewhat depraved society, for society, through all its media, should be taught to admire virtue above all else. We need comedy, but even comedy, at its deepest level, shouldn’t support the semi-virtuous.

By contrast, it’s surprising the way Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy grow in their relationship into something like category (b). The pilot episode of 30 Rock pits Liz versus Jack as a David-versus-Goliath adversarial relationship. Here’s Jack in that famous scene dripping with a condescending attitude toward Liz: Jack: Sure . . I gotcha. New York, third-wave feminist, college-educated, single and pretending to be happy about it, overscheduled, undersexed, you buy any magazine that says “healthy body image” on the cover, and every two years you take up knitting for .

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