Arrested Development and Philosophy: They've Made a Huge Mistake
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A smart philosophical look at the cult hit television show, Arrested Development
Arrested 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 look at the philosophical ideas and tensions in the show's plots and themes
- Gives you new insights about the Bluth family and other characters: Is George Michael's crush on his cousin unnatural? Is it immoral for Lindsay to lie about stealing clothes to hide the fact that she has a job? Are the pictures really of bunkers or balls?
- Lets you sound super-smart as you rattle off the names of great philosophers like Sartre and Aristotle to explain key characters and episodes of the show
Packed with thought-provoking insights, Arrested Development and Philosophy is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about their late, lamented TV show. And it'll keep you entertained until the long-awaited Arrested Development movie finally comes out. (Whenever that is.)
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treason against his country by building model homes, which aided an enemy. Just as he failed to be loyal to his family, George Sr.’s actions were disloyal to his country. The facts of the case bear this out. But political philosophy isn’t just interested in whether a particular act fails to meet the letter of the law. It’s also concerned with whether we ought to follow the law in the first place. Yes, George Sr. technically committed light treason, but why is that a bad thing? In order to
ambiguous character of the series. Whether the context is one of his numerous and quite public career failures, a romantic indiscretion, or a botched attempt to show up his brother Michael, the one line that we have come to expect most from Gob is “I’ve made a huge mistake.” While nearly everyone in the family utters the words, Gob has made them his catchphrase. Whereas other characters tend to learn from their mistakes, Gob never does. Gob is thus an interesting case study in the role of
moral. Buster’s courage in going to Iraq is really a cowardly avoidance of a deposition; Lucille’s adoption of Lindsay is just another competition with Stan Sitwell, Lindsay’s altruism is another form of self-assertion, and even Michael’s “keeping the family together” seems to be, in the end, just trying to do what his parents didn’t do. Our virtues, to paraphrase St. Augustine (354–430), are nothing but glittering vices. For Nietzsche, the “self-overcoming” that will create new values can