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Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge,…

Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think (2006)

by Gary L. Hardcastle

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Monty Python aficionados already know that the troupe incorporated the practice and ideas of philosophy into its skits and films; the best essays in this collection show how philosophy as an intellectual enterprise can benefit from an infusion of absurdist humor. The Pythons excelled at language games, played fast and loose with both existentialism and positivism, and mocked fundamentalism and sanctimony in all its forms. If, as Gary Hardcastle suggests, we think of philosophy not as a search for truth but as a ‘manufacturing facility for conceptual schemes’—ways for us to think about the world—then the Pythonesque is as good a conceptual scheme as any, and surely better than most.

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To Kia, Cheshire, and Quinn, who've never had to think for themselves. -G.L.H.

And to Bruces everywhere. -G.A.R.
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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.

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