SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy: Soaking Up Secrets Under the Sea Book


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This SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy: Soaking Up Secrets Under the Sea Book is part of series highlighting the philosophical underpinnings of pop culture figures, media, and trends. It presents fifteen essays examining the philosophy of the cartoon porifera and fast food worker, SpongeBob Squarepants. Topics discussed include the role of the ignorant foil in philosophical discourse, the social structure of Bikini Bottoms, and the rationalist wisdom of Plankton. Contributors are graduate students and professors of philosophy and related fields from US universities.
SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy is designed to introduce fans of SpongeBob SquarePants to some of the great thinkers and questions in philosophy. The essays can be shared by young and old alike, kindling new interest in philosophy and life's big questions. What keeps SpongeBob reeling in major audiences on a daily basis is that underneath the lighthearted and whimsical exterior are the seeds of long-standing and important philosophical discussions about identity and the self, our obligations toward others, benefits and tensions of the individual in community, principles of the marketplace and environmental ethics, as well as questions of just how exactly Jack Kahuna Laguna can build a fire at the bottom of the ocean. The book begins with a section exploration of the major characters of the series. To begin, Nicole Pramik uses the philosophies of Aristotle to demonstrate why SpongeBob, more than any other character in the series, is defined by a life of well-being and flourishing. In chapter two, Timothy Dunn provides an assessment of SpongeBob's best friend, Patrick Star, using the writings of J.S. Mill to ask if the life of simple pleasures preferable to the life of the mind, while in chapter three Natasha Liebig uses the German pessimist philosophers to reveal what it means to live the life of Squidward Q. Tentacles. Chapter ten uses the legal philosophies of thinkers like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, John Rawls, and David Hume to answer whether Mr. Krabs has the proper philosophical basis upon which to claim an individual right to possess and profit from the secret Krabby Patty formula.
  • Editor: Foy, Joseph J.
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages

Item #: SPO-200-9780812697308

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