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Irwin, William 1970-

Works: 119 works in 426 publications in 2 languages and 11,986 library holdings
Genres: Trivia and miscellanea  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Other, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: B68, 100
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about William Irwin
Most widely held works by William Irwin
The Simpsons and philosophy : the d'oh! of Homer by William Irwin( Book )

27 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here we can find out about irony and the meaning of life, the politics of the nuclear family, Marxism in Springfield, the elusiveness of happiness, popular parody as a form of tribute, and why we need animated TV shows. As if all that weren't enough, this book actually contains the worst philosophy essay ever
Philosophy and the interpretation of pop culture by William Irwin( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Containing thirteen articles, this book makes the case to philosophers that popular culture is worthy of their attention. It considers popular art forms such as movies, television shows, comic books, children's stories, photographs, and rock songs
The Matrix and philosophy : welcome to the desert of the real by William Irwin( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents essays exploring the philosophical themes of the motion picture "The Matrix," which portrays a false world created from nothing but perceptions
Black Sabbath & philosophy : mastering reality by William Irwin( )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A philosophical look at heavy metal's dark masters of reality, Black Sabbath Black Sabbath is one of the world's most influential and enduring rock bands. Dubbed "the Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone, they helped to define a genre with classic songs like "Paranoid", "Iron Man", and "War Pigs", songs whose lyrics reveal hidden depth and philosophical insight. Their songs confront existential despair, social instability, political corruption, the horrors of war, and the nature of evil. This book explores the wide range of profound ideas in the band's music and lyrics to help you understand Black Sabbath as never before"
Introducing philosophy through pop culture : from Socrates to South Park, Hume to House by William Irwin( )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What can South Park tell us about Socrates and the nature of evil? How does The Office help us to understand Sartre and existentialist ethics? Can Battlestar Galactica shed light on the existence of God? Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture uses popular culture to illustrate important philosophical concepts and the work of the major philosophers. With examples from film, television, and music including South Park, The Matrix, X-Men, Batman, Harry Potter, Metallica and Lost, even the most abstract and complex philosophical ideas become easier to grasp. This unique, thorough introduction to philosophy features essays from the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, as well as newly-commissioned chapters. From metaphysics to epistemology; from ethics to the meaning of life, Introducing Philosophy through Pop Culture makes philosophy as engaging as popular culture itself"--
The free market existentialist : capitalism without consumerism by William Irwin( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this incisive and engaging book, William Irwin defends three controversial views: that Sartre's existentialism is a better fit with capitalism than with Marxism, that we need to go beyond the "final delusion" of objective morality, and that libertarian political theory should be put into practice. The result is a new synthesis: free market existentialism. With insights from Nietzsche, Sartre, Nozick, and Hayek, Irwin challenges many common assumptions about morality, natural rights, the role of government, the free market, economic inequality, and fairness. Not ending a debate but aiming to start one, Irwin proposes free market existentialism as a new competitor in the marketplace of ideas. With clear and accessible language that will resonate with students, scholars, and armchair philosophers alike, The Free Market Existentialist begins an essential philosophical conversation for the twenty-first century
Seinfeld and philosophy : a book about everything and nothing by William Irwin( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to philosophy through the lens of "Seinfeld" asks, "Is it rational for George to do the opposite?" and "Is there really anything wrong with that?" and other important topics
Bob Dylan and philosophy : it's alright, ma (I'm only thinking) by Peter Vernezze( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legions of Bob Dylan fans know that Dylan is not just a great composer, writer, and performer, but a great thinker as well. In Bob Dylan and Philosophy, eighteen philosophers analyze Dylan's ethical positions, political commitments, views on gender and sexuality, and his complicated and controversial attitudes toward religion. All phases of Dylan's output are covered, from his early acoustic folk ballads and anthem-like protest songs to his controversial switch to electric guitar to his sometimes puzzling, often profound music of the 1970s and beyond. The book examines different aspects of
Arrested development and philosophy : they've made a huge mistake by William Irwin( )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A smart philosophical look at the cult hit television show, Arrested DevelopmentArrested Development earned six Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, critical acclaim, and a loyal cult following--and then it was canceled. Fortunately, this book steps into the void left by the show's premature demise by exploring the fascinating philosophical issues at the heart of the quirky Bluths and their comic exploits. Whether it's reflecting on Gob's self-deception or digging into Tobias's double entendres, you'll watch your favorite scenes and episodes of the show in a whole new way. Takes an entertaining l
ALIEN AND PHILOSOPHY by William Irwin( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ultimate South Park and philosophy : respect my philosophah! by Robert Arp( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Enlightenment from the South Park gang faster than you can say, "Screw you guys, I'm going home"!The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy: Respect My Philosophah! presents a compilation of serious philosophical reflections on the twisted insights voiced by characters in TV's most irreverent animated series. Offers readers a philosophically smart and candid approach to one of television's most subversive and controversial shows as it enters its 17th season Draws sharp parallels between the irreverent nature of South Park and the inquiring and skeptical approach of Western philosophy Journeys deep beyond the surface of the show's scatological humor to address the perennial questions raised in South Park and the contemporary social and political issues that inspire each episode Utilizes familiar characters and episodes to illustrate such philosophical topics as moral relativism, freedom of expression, gay marriage, blasphemy, democracy, feminism, animal ethics, existential questions, and much more It's a Bigger, Longer & Uncut version of the highly acclaimed South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today--and is guaranteed to be much funnier than killing Kenny "--
LEGO and philosophy : constructing reality brick by brick by William Irwin( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How profound is a little plastic building block' It turns out the answer is "very"! 22 chapters explore philosophy through the world of LEGO which encompasses the iconic brick itself as well as the animated televisions shows, feature films, a vibrant adult fan base with over a dozen yearly conventions, an educational robotics program, an award winning series of videogames, hundreds of books, magazines, and comics, a team-building workshop program for businesses and much, much more.-Dives into the many philosophical ideas raised by LEGO bricks and the global multimedia phenomenon they have created -Tackles metaphysical, logical, moral, and conceptual issues in a series of fascinating and stimulating essays -Introduces key areas of philosophy through topics such as creativity and play, conformity and autonomy, consumption and culture, authenticity and identity, architecture, mathematics, intellectual property, business and environmental ethics -Written by a global group of esteemed philosophers and LEGO fans -A lively philosophical discussion of bricks, minifigures, and the LEGO world that will appeal to LEGO fans and armchair philosophers alike
Metallica and philosophy : a crash course in brain surgery by William Irwin( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hit the lights and jump in the fire, you re about to enter the School of Rock! Today s lecture will be a crash course in brain surgery. This hard and fast lesson is taught by instructors who graduated from the old school they actually paid $5.98 for The $5.98 EP. But back before these philosophy professors cut their hair, they were lieutenants in the Metal Militia. --
More Matrix and philosophy : revolutions and reloaded decoded( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how the "Matrix" movies deal with a variety of philosophical questions and issues, including cynicism, obfuscation, and postmodernist despair
God is a question, not an answer : finding common ground in our uncertainty by William Irwin( Book )

4 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains that doubt is an inevitable part of the human condition and can form the basis on which believers and non-believers can agree about the uncertainty of God's existence
The death and resurrection of the author?( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It began in 1968 when Roland Barthes published The Death of the Author? and picked up steam the next year with Michel Foucault's What Is An Author? Together they posited that authors were no longer important, and even repressive in interpretation. Irwin (philosophy, King's College, Pennsylvania) begins with translations of these two essays, and reprints 11 others to demonstrate the supporters and opponents of the notion. c. Book News Inc
Intentionalist interpretation : a philosophical explanation and defense by William Irwin( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buffy the vampire slayer and philosophy : fear and trembling in Sunnydale by James South( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the Forces of Darknes. She is the Slayer . . .". So, if you're kind of killing time between apocalypses or just wondering about that meaning of life thing, here's some readage ... Look, these guys'll I-think-therefore-I-am you into the freakin' ground. And the happy is better than shoe shopping. What? If I don't consult the oracle I'll, like, turn to stone? Well, yeah, if not already. This is a fascinating collection of 21 philosophical essays on Buffy and the Buffyverse
Hip hop and philosophy : rhyme 2 reason by Derrick Darby( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is there too much violence in hip-hop music? What's the difference between Kimberly Jones and the artist Lil' Kim? Is hip-hop culture a "black" thing? Is it okay for N.W.A. to call themselves niggaz and for Dave Chappelle to call everybody bitches? These witty, provocative essays ponder these and other thorny questions, linking the searing cultural issues implicit -- and often explicit -- in hip-hop to the weighty matters examined by the great philosophers of the past. The book shows that rap classics by Lauryn Hill, OutKast, and the Notorious B.I.G. can help uncover the meanings of lo
The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy : more moments of Zen, more indecision theory by Jason Holt( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Savor moments of Zen like never before, with our Senior Philosophical Correspondents The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy is revised, expanded, and updated to probe deeper than ever before the philosophical significance of the quintessential "fake" news show of the 21st century. Features significant revisions and updates from the first 2007 edition Includes discussion of both The Daily Show and its spin-off, The Colbert Report Reveals why and how The Daily Show is philosophically engaging and significant Showcases philosophers at their best, discussing truth, knowledge, reality, and the American Way Faces head on tough and surprisingly funny questions about politics, religion, and power
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The Simpsons and philosophy : the d'oh! of Homer
Philosophy and the interpretation of pop cultureThe Matrix and philosophy : welcome to the desert of the realIntroducing philosophy through pop culture : from Socrates to South Park, Hume to HouseSeinfeld and philosophy : a book about everything and nothingBob Dylan and philosophy : it's alright, ma (I'm only thinking)Metallica and philosophy : a crash course in brain surgeryMore Matrix and philosophy : revolutions and reloaded decodedThe death and resurrection of the author?
Alternative Names
Irvinas Viljamas

William Irwin filòsof estatunidenc

William Irwin filósofo estadounidense

William Irwin filosofo statunitense

William Irwin filósofu estauxunidense

William Irwin philosophe américain

Ирвин Уильям

אירווין, וויליאם

אירווין, וויליאם 1970-

אירווין, וויליאם, פילוסוף אמריקאי

ארוין, ויליאם

ويليام إروين فيلسوف أمريكي

어윈, 윌리엄 1970-

アーウィン, ウィリアム

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