The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News (Wiley-Blackwell), includes essays by 19 prominent philosophers, and according to editor Jason Holt, Stewarts fake-news phenomenon is taking the ancient art to hilarious new heights.
Holt says the show is a highbrow hit not just because of its humor, but because it takes some academic awareness as well.
He says, Its funny, sure, but theres a deeper significance. Viewers have to do a little thinking themselves.
In fact, Holt a philosophy professor at Acadia University in Canada says despite his Socrates skills, hed rather leave the small-screen social skewering to an entertainer like Stewart.
He says, I couldnt do the same job, Im not a comedian.
Still, Holt welcomes a satirical smackdown from Stewart.
He says, I would consider it a great honor if they would make fun of the book on the show.
The Daily Show and Philosophy hits shelves this Thursday (Sept. 20).
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