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ISBN 0-8126-9613-1
ISBN-13 978-0-8126-9613-4

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315 pages

(Winter 2007)

South Park and Philosophy

Bigger, Longer, and More Penetrating

Edited by Richard Hanley
Volume 26 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

". . . totally f***ing awesome!"

That’s the unanimous verdict on South Park and Philosophy: Bigger, Longer, and More Penetrating, from our blue-ribbon panel of public intellectuals!

  • ASHTON KUTCHER
  • BARACK OBAMA
  • TOM CRUISE
  • AL GORE
  • ANNE COULTER
  • MEL GIBSON
  • BARBRA STREISAND
  • JOEL OSTEEN
  • RICHARD DAWKINS
  • HILLARY CLINTON
  • JOHN TRAVOLTA
  • BILL GATES
  • OPRAH WINFREY
  • STEPHEN COLBERT

could not be reached in time for their comments. However, Richard Dalton, Randall E. Auxier, Aaron Fortune, Richard Hanley, Sophia Bishop, Tom Way, and Michael F. Patton Jr. all agreed that South Park and Philosophy: Bigger, Longer, and More Penetrating is "totally f***ing awesome!"

This kick-ass book won't tell you how to make your farts catch fire, where to find the Clitoris, or whether humans began to evolve when a fish had butt-sex with a squirrel. But it will give you the answers to some less pressing questions: how you can travel in time without disappearing up your own ass, whether it's m'kay to pull the plug on Terri the tomato, why American education gets Left Behind, and how many Dicks it takes to penetrate the mysteries of Pussy Epistemology.

Unless you're a retard, a Scientologist, or the Biggest Douche in the Universe, you'll just have to say, "Dude, this is totally f***ing awesome!"

"This is a totally awesome book, m'kay. I couldn't stop shouting 'Timmy!' while reading it, and it has the courage to admit something we've all suspected for a long time—that Eric Cartman is a blatant caricature of Martin Heidegger."

—Edward Slowik, author of Cartesian Spacetime

"Despite its reputation as a celebration of extremely questionable taste, South Park is one of the most philosophically interesting and profound programs ever aired. This book does a lovely job of showing that, and of teaching and exploring a variety of the deepest issues in philosophy in connection with Carman, Chef, and the other great thinkers of South Park. I myself, though I am a philosophy professor, hate philosophy. But I love South Park and learn something every time I watch it."

—Crispin Sartwell, author of Obscentity, Anarchy, Reality

Richard Hanley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek and co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Language. As well as numerous articles in scholarly journals, he has contributed highly acclaimed chapters to Superheroes and Philosophy and Star Wars and Philosophy, and Philosophers Explore the Matrix.

   

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