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ISBN 978-0-8126-9799-5

$19.95
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xx + 194 pages

Fall 2012

Jeopardy! and Philosophy

What Is Knowledge in the Form of a Question?

Edited by Shaun P. Young
Volume 72 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

• It debuted in 1964 and now has nine million viewers every day.

What is Jeopardy!?

• Used to indicate that you have a question to the answer, this implement is never referred to as a “buzzer.”

What is a signaling device?

• Its name means “love of wisdom” and it investigates the really fundamental questions.

What is philosophy?

• It’s a fun book of fourteen chapters by ultra-smart people who have fascinating answers to pose about the TV show that defines America.

What is Jeopardy! and Philosophy?

“The Category is: ‘Philosophy’. The Clue is: ‘This set of essays will keep you engrossed for hours and pondering for months’. The correct response is, of course, ‘What is Jeopardy! and Philosophy?’”

—Roger Craig, Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions winner and holder of the all-time record for single-day winnings on Jeopardy!

“I’ll take Philosophers Discuss Jeopardy! for a set of representational symbols in a matrix delineating a taxonomy of cultural icons, Alex!”

—Bob Harris, eight-time Jeopardy! winner and author of Prisoner of Trebekistan

“I’ll take Exciting Ideas about the Great American Quiz Show for $19.95, Alex.”

—Kimberley Baltzer-Jaray, author of Doorway to the World of Essences

“This book puts the levity of Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impression and the seriousness of the real Alex Trebek in one package. Just like with Jeopardy! itself, you’ll learn as you’re entertained!”

—Luke Cuddy, editor of The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy

“From Ken Jennings’s remarks about living your life in the form of a question, to discussions of how the show reflects the American character, our educational problems, and our democratic ideals, Jeopardy! is revealed here as a great starting point for asking questions of truth and meaning, and a remarkable window into American culture and values.”

—D.E. Wittkower, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Old Dominion University

Just like Alex Trebek, the Editor of Jeopardy! and Philosophy was born in Ontario and studied philosophy. He’s now the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Manager for the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. He’s also author of Beyond Rawls (2002) and editor of Political Liberalism (2004).

[Who is Shaun P. Young?]

In 2004 he achieved seventy-four consecutive wins on Jeopardy!, a still unbroken record for any American game show. As well as writing a Philosophical Foreword for Jeopardy! and Philosophy, he’s the author of four books including Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs (2007).

 [Who is Ken Jennings?]

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