Friday, December 1, 2006

I Watch ‘South Park,’ Therefore I Am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You may watch South Park for laughs but you can also learn a lot about philosophy.

That’s the thought behind a new book, South Park And Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today (Blackwell), which features essays on how the satirically saucy series is the most purposely philosophical show on TV.

The book’s editor Rob Arp, who teaches philosophy at Florida State University, admits other shows like Law & Order may touch on the philosophy of ethics but only South Park deals with all five schools of thought, including the nature of reality and political theory.

As such, Arp says the show makes the viewer consider such questions as “When is it morally wrong to laugh at issue?” or “What does philosophy have to do with flatulence?”

Arp says South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have covered all the basics of philosophy but says if anything can be gleaned from the show, they’re followers of cynicism, a school of thought that began in ancient Rome.

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