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Since Theodor Geisel published his first children's book in 1937 under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, children and adults alike have been captivated by the charming and laconic tales of whimsical characters and imaginative worlds. But Dr. Seuss' stories are more than just catchy poems; they often wrestle with serious philosophical and moral dilemmas, whether it is Horton discovering the very essence of life or the Lorax teaching us about morality. Dr. Seuss and Philosophy explores philosophical concepts such as the nature of the good life in Oh, the Places You'll Go!, the nature of knowledge in McElligot's Pool, postmodernity in On Beyond Zebra, business and the environment in The Lorax, and moral character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, among many others. Anyone who loves Dr. Seuss or is interested in philosophy will find this book to be intriguing and enlightening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442203112
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/17/2011
Series: Great Authors and Philosophy Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 246,894
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jacob M. Held is assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Central Arkansas. He has written extensively on philosophy and popular culture, having coedited James Bond and Philosophy and contributed to volumes on the Beatles, South Park, and Watchmen, to name a few.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Unsettled Meddling, an introduction in verse
Chapter 1: Oh, the Places You'll Go! The Examined, Happy Life
Benjamin Rider
Chapter 2: My Troubles are going to have Troubles with Me: Schopenhauer, Pessimism, and Nietzche
Jacob M. Held
Chapter 3: Gretrude McFuzz Should've Read Marx, Or Sneetches of the World Unite
Jacob M. Held
Chapter 4: Socratic Seuss: Intellectual Integrity and Truth-Orientation
Matthew F. Pierlott
Chapter 5: Neither Here, nor There, no Anywhere?
Randall E. Auxier
Chapter 6: McElligot's Pool: Epistemology (with Fish!)
Ron Novy
Chapter 7: On Beyond Modernity, Or Conrad and a Postmodern Alphabet
Jacob M. Held
Chapter 8: From There to Here, From Here to There, Diversity is Everywhere
Tanya Jeffcoat
Chapter 9: What Would You Do If Your Mother Asked You? A Brief Introduction to Ethics
Jacob M. Held and Eric N. Wilson
Chapter 10: Horton Hears You, Too! Seuss and Kant on Repecting Persons
Dean A. Kowalski
Chapter 11: Pragmatist Ethics with John Dewey, Horton, and the Lorax
Thomas M. Alexander
Chapter 12: The Grinch's Change of Heart: Whodunit?
Anthony Cunningham
Chapter 13: Thidwick the Big-Hearted Bearer of Property Rights
Aeon J. Skoble
Chapter 14: Rebellion in Slala-ma-Sond: The Social Contract and a Turtle Named "Mack"
Ron Novy
Chapter 15: Whose Egg is it, Really? Property Rights and Distributive Justice
Henry Cribbs
Chapter 16: It's Not Personal...It's Just Bizzyneuss: Business Ethics, the Company, Its Stakeholders
Matthew F. Pierlott
Chapter 17: Speaking for Business, Speakign for Trees: Business and Environment in The Lorax
Johann A. Klaassen and Mari-Gretta G. Klaassen
Chapter 18: Dr. Seuss Meets Philosophical Aesthetics
Dwayne Tunstall
The Menagerie: Author Bios

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This book is amazing! Its easy to understand and its very relateable. I would recommend this to anyone that wanted to figure this out about life.
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