Seinfeld and Philosophy

Seinfeld and Philosophy

William Irwin

How is Jerry like Socrates? Is it rational for George to “do the opposite?” Would Simone de Beauvoir say that Elaine is a feminist? Is Kramer stuck in Kierkegaard’s aesthetic stage?

Seinfeld and Philosophy is both an enlightening look at the most popular sitcom of the decade and an entertaining introduction to philosophy via Seinfeld’s plots and characters. These fourteen essays, which explore the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Lao-Tzu, Heidegger, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Wittgenstein, will show readers how to be masters of their philosophical domain.

Seinfeld and Philosophy - Reviews

“Brilliant. . . nicely illustrates how the comic can illuminate the profound.”

Ray Perkins, author of Logic and Mr. Limbaugh

“Wish we’d had this in college.”

Entertainment Weekly