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$19.95  paper

315 pages


Monty Python and Philosophy

Nudge Nudge, Think Think!

Edited by Gary L. Hardcastle and George A. Reisch
Volume 19 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
Try on podcast: Chapter 11, "Monty Python and David Hume on Religion" by John Huss

It’s . . . no hallucination. You really are reading the cover of a book entitled Monty Python and Philosophy. Though highly improbable, the book actually exists, which is proof enough that humankind did not get here by accident. "Here" in your case means looking at the cover of this book, clearly demonstrating that you ought to acquire it (the whole book, that is, not just the cover). Otherwise, if your brain hurts, you might as well go consult a milk delivery man impersonating a psychiatrist.

With its logical paradoxes, clever wordplay, and focus on the absurdities of life, the work of Monty Python appeals to everyone with a philosophical bent, the more bent the better. Twenty-one surprising chapters by professional philosophers and amateur Python fans celebrate the intersection of rigorous, profound TV comedy and zany, madcap metaphysics. Surprise is the chief quality of this book. Surprise, provocation, and a fanatical devotion to the enlightenment of the masses . . .

"Monty Python and Philosophy is an entertaining treatise on how humor can illuminate the deepest questions about ethics, morality, individual responsibility, and other so-called serious concepts (such as: 'Is the parrot dead or just resting?')."

—David Morgan, author of Monty Python Speaks!

"Monty Python fans like to think they're smarter than most people, and they'll be delighted with this new book, which proves it!"

—Kim "Howard" Johnson, author of The First 280 Years of Monty Python

Gary Hardcastle, who runs an argument clinic in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, co-edited Logical Empiricism in North America (2003). George Reisch has written How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science (2005) and a computer program for translating fatal jokes. Hardcastle and Reisch are now working on the the definitive ten-word précis of À La Recherche Du Temps Perdu, the authorized biography of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-Schplenden Schlittercrasscrenbon Burstein von Knackerthrasher Spelltinkel Grandlichgrumbelmeyer Spelterwasser Kurstlich Himbeleisen Bahnwagen Gutenabend Bitte-ein-Nürnburger Bratwustel Gerspurten mitz-Weimache Luberhundsfutgumberaber Schönedanker Kalbsfleisch Mittleracher von Hautkopf of Ulm, and A Companion to Bullshit.

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