Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (And So Can You!) (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (And So Can You!) (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Aaron Allen Schiller

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0812696611

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (And So Can You!) (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Aaron Allen Schiller

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0812696611

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


At the head of The Colbert Report, one of the most popular shows on television, Stephen Colbert is a pop culture phenomenon. More than one million people backed his fake candidacy in the 2008 U.S. presidential election on Facebook, a testament to the particularly rich set of issues and emotions Colbert brings to mind. Stephen Colbert and Philosophy is crammed with thoughtful and amusing chapters, each written by a philosopher and all focused on Colbert's inimitable reality — from his word creations (truthiness, wikiality, freem, and others) to his position as a faux-pundit who openly mocks Fox News and CNN. Although most of the discussion is centered around The Colbert Report, this collection does not neglect either his best-selling book, I Am America (And So Can You!), or his public performances, including his incendiary 2006 White House Press Correspondents' Dinner speech.

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and Nothing (2000) VOLUME 2 The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D’oh! of Homer (2001) VOLUME 3 The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (2002) VOLUME 4 Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (2003) VOLUME 5 The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All (2003) VOLUME 6 Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter’s Box (2004) VOLUME 7 The Sopranos and Philosophy: I Kill Therefore I Am

published in ancient philosophy and twentieth-century Continental philosophy. He currently teaches at the University of New Mexico, where he has his students discuss one question all semester, every semester: who would win if Jesus were to fight America? “Stephen Colbert could answer it,” he tells his class, “or could he?” Can you, Stephen? You can tell Ralkowski when (not if) you have him on your show to discuss his forthcoming book, Heidegger’s Platonism. In fact, Ralkowski is so touched by the

only questions that ask nothing, and thus demand nothing of your mind. The final irony comes with Colbert’s admitting “Mea culpa” (Latin for “my fault”)—reminding the viewer of how pundits rarely if ever alter their judgments, let alone admit fault. Anti-Judicious: Giving You the Chance to See Why You’re Wrong Judicious: • understanding of the opinions of other people • fair-mindedness in appraising reasoning • meta-cognitive self-regulation, or self-conscious monitoring and

George, I think we’ve been for the last seven years seeing a tremendous amount of government power and elite opinion basically behind policies that haven’t worked well… . Somehow elite opinion is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantage the vast majority of Americans. STEPHEN: Sure. If you think about it, lifting the tax will increase demand and ultimately will lead to higher gas prices. But doesn’t it feel like this is going to help somebody? [text on screen: OPEC?]87

and the people who watch it, our broken election system and the people who accept it, our sophistic political representatives and the people who vote for them. Colbert is not just parodying Bill O’Reilly and the others who “provide” America with her truthiness. He’s going after us as well. There’s something deplorable about a society that embraces truthiness as a way of life, as we do. But there’s something even worse about us, Colbert’s audience, because we identify with Colbert’s critique of

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