Immanuel Kant was a real pissantWho was very rarely stableHeidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggarWho could think you under the tableDavid Hume could out consumeWilhelm Friedrich HegelAnd Wittgenstein was a beery swineWho was just as schloshed as SchlegelThere s nothing Nietzsche couldn t teach ya Bout the raising of the wristSocrates himself was permanently pissedJohn Stuart Mill, of his own free willWith half a pint of shandy got particularly illPlato, they say, could stick it awayHalf a crate of whiskey every dayAristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottleHobbes was fond of his dramAnd Rene Descartes was a drunken fart I drink therefore I am Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missedA lovely little thinker but a bugger when he s pissed A collection of scholarly essays using moments from Monty Python films and sketches the same ones, repeatedly The Meaning of Life is low hanging fruit for philosophy profs to illuminate elements of philosophy or ideas of philosophers, and vice versa, it s pretty uneven, and not just in terms of quality Some essays are deep dives into specific moments or philosophical constructs such as Stephen Asma s fine piece on anti transcendentalism , but many are guided tours of the Python s most familiar routines combined with a 101 level what is philosophy overview, frustrating to Python fans looking for a deeper cut and anyone looking for a deeper read.
For the heavy duty thinker Python enthusiast Sometimes funny, always illuminating.
It sNice Instead of being organized in chapters addressing philosophical theories or at least some overlaying theme aside from the obvious Monty Python tie , this book is a collection of stand alone essays written by philosophers that often overlap other essays in the book There were a few authors that found a great tone for their essay, but the majority of the book s submissions either took themselves and philosophy too seriously, or tried too hard to match Python s absurdity both making a majority of the book a chore to read.
It seems as if, in its creation, the editors gave carte blanche to philosophers, without consideration to how readable the end product would be.
A unique and comprehensive critique of Monty Pythons ideas expressed in their films skits given by contemporary intellectuals of the current Academic halls of Philosophy Some are right on and some reviews seem very incomprehensible to me and others get it and give me a great appreciation for those memorable films like the Life of Brian and Monty Python and The Search for the Holy Grail I really liked reading about those oh so funny films in the light of the deeper joy in the absurdity they shed light on in our social norms in our institutions It was nice to see the farcical of Monty Pythons skits reviewed by so many philosophers and have their humorous skits shown as the takes on existential absurdity that reflect back to writers philosophers like Camus and Jean P Sartre for but a few It was a fun read.
An interesting book, yes, and fun hey, with the Pythons as your starting reference point it would be tough to go wrong But as a collective work, it has a malady common to that genre not all the essays are worth reading As one of the authors notes, the most noticeable difference between philosophers and Pytons is that philosophers aren t funny There are insights in this book, and it is worth reading but be prepared to slog through some chaff to get to the good stuff.
The S 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 ☆ read ò Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think! by Gary L.
Hardcastle Å 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 I enjoyed it muchat the beginning The essays started to get repetitive They cited the same sketches and even the same quotes from philosophers it seemed at times Interesting points were made, but after the third time they became less interesting Still a great read for Python fans however.