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The Daily Show and Philosophy

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280 pages
An entertaining and insightful examination of the Emmy-award winning American satirical news show, broadcast on Comedy Central in the US, and (in an edited edition) on More4 in the UK and CNN International around the world.

  • Includes discussion of both The Daily Show and its spin-off show, The Colbert Report
  • Showcases philosophers at their best, discussing truth, knowledge, reality and the American Way
  • Highlights the razor sharp critical skills of Jon Stewart and his colleagues
  • Faces tough and surprisingly funny questions about politics, religion, and power head on
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