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South Park and Philosophy

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256 pages
If you think Saddam and Satan make a kinky couple, wait till you get a load of South Park and Philosophy. Get your Big Wheels ready, because we’re going for a ride, as 22 philosophers take us down the road to understanding the big-picture issues in this small mountain town.

  • A smart and candid look at one of television’s most subversive and controversial shows, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year
  • Draws close parallels between the irreverent nature of South Park and the inquiring and skeptical approach of philosophy
  • Addresses the perennial questions of the show, and the contemporary social and political issues that inspire each episode
  • Uses familiar characters and episodes to illustrate topics such as moral relativism, freedom of expression, gay marriage, blasphemy, democracy, feminism, animal ethics, existential questions and much more
  • makes you laugh out loud
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Contents
The Super Best Contributors
Sucking Balls and Fucking Off: An Introduction to The BothersomeSouth Park and Philosophy Robert Arp
Part One TakingSouth ParkSeriously . . . M’Kay 1 Flatulence and Philosophy: A Lot of Hot Air, or the Corruption of Youth? William W. Young III 2 Is It Okay to Laugh atSouth Park? Catherine Yu
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Blasphemous Humor inSouth Park Kevin J. Murtagh
The Chewbacca Defense: ASouth Park Robert Arp
Logic Lesson
Part Two The Fab Four 5 You Know, I Learned Something Today: Stan Marsh and the Ethics of Belief Henry Jacoby 6 Respect My Authorita! Is Cartman “The Law,” and Even If He Is, Why Should We Obey Him? Mark D. White
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Oh My God! They Killed Kenny . . . Again: Kenny and Existentialism Karin Fry The Philosophical Passion of the Jew: Kyle the Philosopher William J. Devlin
Part Three The Republic ofSouth Park 9 The Invisible Gnomes and the Invisible Hand: South Parkand Libertarian Philosophy Paul A. Cantor
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South Parkand the Open Society: Defending Democracy Through Satire David Valleau Curtis and Gerald J. Erion
“Vote or Die, Bitch” – The Myth that Every Vote Counts and the Pitfalls of a Two-Party System John Scott Gray
Part Four Ethics: Dude . . . Gay Muslims Don’t Eat Veal 12 They Satirized My Prophet . . . Those Bastards! South Parkand Blasphemy David R. Koepsell 13 You Can’t Get Married, You’re Faggots: Mrs. Garrison and the Gay Marriage Debate Jacob M. Held
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Just Don’t Kill Baby Cows Cynthia McWilliams
Four-Assed Monkeys: Genetics and Gen-Ethics in Small-Town Colorado Scott Calef
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Who the Fuck Are You? Whores, Robots, and Bodies
Raisins, Whores, and Boys: Gender and Sexuality inSouth Park Ellen Miller
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Religious Pluralism and The Super Best Friends Jeffrey Dueck Aesthetic Value, Ethos, and Phil Collins: The Power of Music inSouth Park Per F. Broman Satan Lord of Darkness inSouth ParkCosmology Dale Jacquette
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Special Surprise Bonus! An Interview with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (not really . . . it’s made up) Screw You Guys . . . I’m Going Home: Acknowledgments Chef’s Salty Ball-less Index
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AWESOM-O and the Possibility and Implications of Artificial Intelligence Randall M. Jensen
Stan’s Future Self and Evil Cartman: Personal Identity inSouth Park Shai Biderman
Part Six Satan, Suffering, Super Best Friends, and Song 19 Cartmanland and the Problem of Evil David Kyle Johnson
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