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The Big Lebowski and Philosophy

Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom
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"Lots of philosophy makes for slow reading"
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I bought this book as a present so haven't read it myself yet but have had feedback that reading it requires quite some concentration to understand the philosophical concepts and that it has fewer references to The Big Lebowski than my partner would like. It has mainly made him want to re-watch the movie for the umpteenth time!


Celebrate the Dude with an abiding look at the philosophy behind The Big Lebowski Is the Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius living the good life? Naturally, it's the latter, and The Big Lebowski and Philosophy explains why. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato and Nietzsche, the book explores the movie's hidden philosophical layers, cultural reflection, and political commentary. It also answers key questions, including: The Dude abides, but is abiding a virtue? Is the Dude an Americanized version of the Taoist way of life? How does The Big Lebowski illustrate the Just War Theory? How does bowling help Donny, Walter, and the Dude oppose nihilism? Yes, the Dude is deep, and so is this book. Don't watch the movie or go to Lebowski Fest without it. Explores many of The Big Lebowski's key themes, such as nihilism, war and politics, money and materialism, idealism and morality, history, and more Gives you new perspective on the movie's characters?the Dude, the Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, Donny, Maude Lebowski, Bunny Lebowski, and others Helps you appreciate the Coen Brothers classic even more with the insights of Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, Derrida, and other philosophical heavyweights

Author Biography

Peter S. Fosl is chair of the philosophy program at TransylvaniaUniversity. Coauthor of The Philosopher's Toolkit, he hascontributed to Metallica and Philosophy, Ultimate Lost andPhilosophy, Terminator and Philosophy, Heroes and Philosophy, andTwilight and Philosophy. Visit for moreinformation. William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College inWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy andpopular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling TheSimpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles includingHouse and Philosophy, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy, andInception and Philosophy.
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April 13th, 2012
  • Edited by Peter S. Fosl
  • Series edited by William Irwin
Country of Publication
United States
John Wiley & Sons Inc
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