Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Podcasts on Pop Culture and Philosophy

Open Court Publishers has a series of books that examines philosophical themes in popular culture. There is a wide selection of books including "The Simpsons and Philosophy", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy", "Star Wars and Philosophy", and "Metallica and Philosophy". (I must admit I use a selection from the first of these books in one of my classes on the history of the Frankfurt School--its a good discussion on whether the sarcasm of the Simpsons constitutes social criticism or is a form of ideology that justifies the current class structure).

Now Open Court has a collection of podcasts where authors read from their essays in the various collections. Check them out here.

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