Monty Python and Philosophy

Monty Python and Philosophy

Nudge Nudge, Think Think!

Paperback - 2006
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From the 1970s cult TV show, Monty Python's Flying Circus, to the current hit musical Spamalot, the Monty Python comedy troupe has been at the center of popular culture and entertainment. The Pythons John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam are increasingly recognized and honored for their creativity and enduring influence in the worlds of comedy and film. Monty Python and Philosophy extends that recognition into the world of philosophy. Fifteen experts in topics like mythology, Buddhism, feminism, logic, ethics, and the philosophy of science bring their expertise to bear on Python movies such as Monty Python's Life of Brian and Flying Circus mainstays such as the Argument Clinic, the Dead Parrot Sketch, and, of course, the Bruces, the Pythons' demented, song-filled vision of an Australian philosophy department. Monty Python and Philosophy follows the same hit format as the other titles in this popular series and explains all the philosophical concepts discussed in laymen's terms.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, c2006.
ISBN: 9780812695939
Branch Call Number: 100
Characteristics: xi, 291 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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The collection of essays used a somewhat narrow range of examples from the Monty Python repetorie. One chapter appears to be lecture notes; it hardly made any sense. Overall this was a piercing insight into the obvious.

Mar 27, 2012

Disappointing member of this series - perhaps because Monty Python's work already contains explicit philosophical references - so the essays do not contain many surprises or new ways of looking at things.

Jul 23, 2011

An EXCELLENT book! Python has always explored the philosophical, and these various authors link many themes together showing their conceptual continuity.A highly interesting read!


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