Seinfeld and Philosophy

Seinfeld and Philosophy Designed for philosophers as well as readers with no particular philosophical background the essays in this lively book are grouped into four amusing acts Act One looks at the four Seinfeld character

  • Title: Seinfeld and Philosophy
  • Author: William Irwin
  • ISBN: 9780812694093
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • Designed for philosophers as well as readers with no particular philosophical background, the essays in this lively book are grouped into four amusing acts Act One looks at the four Seinfeld characters through a philosophical lens and includes Jerry and Socrates The Examined Life Act Two examines historical philosophers from a Seinfeldian standpoint and offers Plato orDesigned for philosophers as well as readers with no particular philosophical background, the essays in this lively book are grouped into four amusing acts Act One looks at the four Seinfeld characters through a philosophical lens and includes Jerry and Socrates The Examined Life Act Two examines historical philosophers from a Seinfeldian standpoint and offers Plato or Nietzsche Time, Essence, and Eternal Recurrence in Seinfeld Act Three, Untimely Meditations by the Water Cooler, explores philosophical issues raised by the show, such as, Is it rational for George to do the opposite And Act Four, Is There Anything Wrong with That , discusses ethical problems of everyday life using Seinfeld as a basis Seinfeld and Philosophy also provides a guide to Seinfeld episodes and a chronological list of the philosophers cited in this book.

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    1. William Irwin

      B.A in philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, Fordham University, 1992 Full Presidential Scholarship Dissertation Harmonizing Hermeneutics The Normative and Descriptive Approaches, Interpretation and Criticism, Buffalo, 1996, 226 pp Awarded the Perry Prize for Outstanding Dissertations in Philosophy Ph.D in philosophy, The State University of New York at Buffalo, June 1, 1996 Presidential Fellowship.


    1. i had the privilege of taking a "seinfeld and philosophy' course in college. this was required reading. it was real, and it was spectacular!

    2. I thought it would be more Seinfeld and less philosophy, but it turned out to be the opposite. While it was interesting, however, I just felt like I was reading a textbook for class.

    3. This was the very first volume in Open Court Publishing's Pop Culture and Philosophy series, which now has expanded to over 80 titles and counting. As a side note, I've been a contributor for some of the Pop Culture and Philosophy books (not this one though), so I can attest to the hard work, research, and careful thought that goes into the process. The main rule contributors must follow is to present a single philosophical concept and make it relatable and relevant to a general audience who is [...]

    4. At first I thought my expectations of this book were too high. I had hoped for either a comically entertaining read or a serious if tongue-in-cheek philosophic examination of Seinfeld; unfortunately, I got neither. What I found was a series of mostly poorly written essays that vacillated between taking a serious stance ("Jerry Seinfeld is a philosophical exemplar that could be used to illustrate such and such example") and a humorous one ("Jerry Seinfeld is only a character on a television show [...]

    5. A lot of parts in this book were slightly over my head.The formatting into Acts I-IV is brilliant.My favorite section was the comparison of Seinfeld and his friends to Sartre's No Exit.

    6. "Seinfeld and Philosophy" is a book I bought some time ago. I read a few of its essays but then it got lost in the shuffle. I finally finished it the other day. The show about nothing has profound things in it. Since this is a philosophy anthology I can't use my normal grading method so I'll just sample three of the essays. "The Costanza Maneuver: is it rational for George to 'Do the Opposite'"?This is one of my favorites. Not only is it interesting but it cleaves to Seinfeld as much as to the p [...]

    7. Knew I liked Seinfeld, thought I liked study of philosophy, the combining of the two in this book comes out as forced and contrived; wonder if there's any truth to rumor that this effort was one of Kramer's harebrained ideas?

    8. A number of episodes/scenes in Seinfeld made me curious about a philosophical perspective on the sitcom, the Parking Garage episode and the conversation between Jerry and George about how the show is about “nothing” being the two. Well, clearly the show is not about “nothing” It is mostly about the social faux pas. However, the discussions around social faux pas in this book didn’t appeal to me. Some of the philosophical discussions are too distant from the entertainment value of the s [...]

    9. An interesting look at some philosophical approaches to Seinfeld. This is a sometimes dry, sometimes interesting effort to understand the basis of what the seinfeldian comedy is all about. I felt I gained some insight to how the writers here have attempted to garner some deeper meaning from this show about nothing. There is quite a bit of something behind all of the nothing, and the commonality of these events and story threads are what allow us to recognise ourselves in these characters and cau [...]

    10. Philosophy isn't my strong point. Just never could understand it. But, as a big fan of the Seinfeld comedy show, I thought I'd give this a try. I must admit that I did skim parts of the book, but found parts of it very interesting as various writers compare different philosophers with different characters on the show. There isn't any doubt that the Seinfeld show has added many terms to current usage. At this point in my life, it's difficult to remember things, but I found it enjoyable to re-live [...]

    11. The only reason why I have this book on my list is because my older sister bought it. And because she occasionally asks me about the books that she buys. We don’t share similar tastes. I read them, but I mostly don’t enjoy them. She adores Seinfeld, I am not a fan. There are numerous reasons why I don’t like Seinfeld. But now the top of the list is: this book has references why Seinfeld is as good as Buddha, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Heidegger T [...]

    12. At least 10 of the 14 essays which comprise Seinfeld and Philosophy were both entertaining and thought provoking. To cite one example, Jerry's moral dilemma in Season Six over not wanting to become an "orgy guy," can be seen, it turns out, through an Aristotilean lens as proving Jerry's high moral development. In another similar example, George's striving to become "the opposite" of everything he was also testifies that he embodies the ideal laid out in the Nichomecean Ethics to point actions to [...]

    13. Overall, the book was a hit or miss in regards to the various essay. There were a few ones which were really interesting and thought provoking. A few really dry ones which really didn't hold my interest at all. And a few ones which had cool ideas, but they were left under explained and vague. At times a repetitive summary of Seinfeld and a few important philosophers, the book really shines when it successfully explores the television program's philosophical implications, which it does more often [...]

    14. On the back cover of the book it says it is for both fans of seinfelf and fans of philosophy. EhhhThe book is broken up into 5 acts. The first was hilarious and then it got a bit hard to get through. Not being a philosophy major, I hadn't heard of many of the philosophers they were talking about and the links to the show in the essays were pretty weak. It picks up a little at the end, but I didn't get much out of it and couldn't wait to be finished with it. Which is different then saying I could [...]

    15. This book is a book about philosophy written for a popular audience with no philosophical background. It is a collection of essays relating plots and characters in the show Seinfeld to different philosophies.Each essay is well written. This book is informative and entertaining.I read this book because I liked The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer and I also really liked the tv show Seinfeld.

    16. A fascinating read. It can get repetitive since the essays cover a lot of the same ground, but it should be facilitate some good conversation. Does doing the opposite thing work? Why exactly does Jerry refuse to be an "orgy guy?" Are the "New York Four" evil or misguided? Were do we draw the line between fictional Jerry and real Jerry? Interesting material.

    17. Who knew that they were really all just a bunch of selfish despicable characters. For me, the genius of the show was that because of the great humor, you never realized that until the last episode, at least I didn't. Hey, they were still hilarious! Some interesting philosophical insights into Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer.

    18. the essays using seinfeld to explain philosophy captivated me more than the essays using philosophy to explain seinfeld most people who will buy this book i assume are like me in already knowing every seinfeld episode, so getting it explained doesn't do so much for me but learning about kierkegard's stages on the way of life via kramer or zizek via the peterman catalogue . transcendent

    19. This has to be one of my favorite booksobably helps that Seinfeld is one of my favorite shows. While reading light versions of deep philosophical issues, I find myself literally laughing out loud as I recall specific Seinfeld scenes. If you have any interest in philosophy, and even mildly like the show, it's a must read!

    20. So much fun! A great introduction to philosophy that brought me back to my college days, plus it's filled with obscure and well-known "Seinfeld" references. What could be better? Definitely will give me a fresh take on the show as I watch episodes I've seen a million times before.

    21. Cool bathroom reader. If you love Seinfeld and have seen every episode like sixteen times, and you want to brush up philosophy- well, this is like Philosophy 101 with the Seinfeld gang as your professors.

    22. One of the books I got for my birthday from my daughter. I often quote from Seinfeld during daily life. Interesting to "Seinophiles" with a philosophical interest. A very interesting analysis of Mr. Peterman. Last third of the book dragged.

    23. I don't think I know or care enough about philosophy to really appreciate this book. It was also somewhat repetitive.

    24. It's more for philosophy enthusiasts than for Seinfeld fans. If you're both, you might like it. A bit dry and basic, but it's fun.

    25. More professors should come down from their Ivory Towers and use the Pop Culture and Philosophy Series in the class room. Hilarious and profound.

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