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Mad Men and Philosophy: Nothing Is as It Seems

Editor James B. South, Rod Carveth, William Irwin

Wiley | June 1, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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A look at the philosophical underpinnings of the hit TV show, Mad Men

With its swirling cigarette smoke, martini lunches, skinny ties, and tight pencil skirts, Mad Men is unquestionably one of the most stylish, sexy, and irresistible shows on television. But the series becomes even more absorbing once you dig deeper into its portrayal of the changing social and political mores of 1960s America and explore the philosophical complexities of its key characters and themes. From Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to John Kenneth Galbraith, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand, Mad Men and Philosophy brings the thinking of some of history''s most powerful minds to bear on the world of Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper ad agency. You''ll gain insights into a host of compelling Mad Men questions and issues, including happiness, freedom, authenticity, feminism, Don Draper''s identity, and more.

  • Takes an unprecedented look at the philosophical issues and themes behind AMC''s Emmy Award-winning show, Mad Men
  • Explores issues ranging from identity to authenticity to feminism, and more
  • Offers new insights on your favorite Mad Men characters, themes, and storylines

    Mad Men and Philosophy will give Mad Men fans everywhere something new to talk about around the water cooler.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9 × 6.05 × 0.75 in

Published: June 1, 2010

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470603011

ISBN - 13: 9780470603017

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Mad Men and Philosophy: Nothing Is as It Seems

Editor James B. South, Rod Carveth, William Irwin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9 × 6.05 × 0.75 in

Published: June 1, 2010

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470603011

ISBN - 13: 9780470603017

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS : "I Think We Need to Salute That!" Introduction: "A Thing Like That". PART ONE: "PEOPLE MAY SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY, BUT THEY DON’T REALLY WANT TO": MAD MEN AND PROBLEMS OF KNOWLEDGE AND FREEDOM. 1 What Fools We Were: Mad Men, Hindsight, and Justification ( Landon W. Schurtz ). 2 "People Want to Be Told What to Do So Badly That They''ll Listen to Anyone": Mimetic Madness at Sterling Cooper ( George A. Dunn ). 3 Capitalism and Freedom in the Affluent Society ( Kevin Guilfoy ). PART TWO: "THERE IS NO BIG LIE, THERE IS NO SYSTEM, THE UNIVERSE IS INDIFFERENT": MAD MEN AND THE PROBLEM OF MEANING. 4 Pete, Peggy, Don, and the Dialectic of Remembering and Forgetting ( John Fritz ). 5 The Existential Void of Roger Sterling ( Raymond Angelo Belliotti ). 6 Egoless Egoists: The Second-Hand Lives of Mad Men ( Robert White ). 7 An Existential Look at Mad Men : Don Draper, Advertising, and the Promise of Happiness ( Ada S. Jaarsma ). PART THREE: "AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPINESS IS?": MAD MEN AND ETHICS. 8 "In on It": Honesty, Respect, and the Ethics of Advertising ( Andreja Novakovic and Tyler Whitney ). 9 Creating the Need for the New: "It''s Not the Wheel. It''s the Carousel." ( George Teschner and Gabrielle Teschner ). 10 "You''re Looking in the Wrong Direction": Mad Men and the Ethics of Advertising ( Adam Barkman ). 11 Is Don Draper a Good Man? ( Andrew Terjesen ). 12 Don Draper, on How to Make Oneself (Whole Again) ( John Elia ). PART FOUR: "NO ONE ELSE IS SAYING THE
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A look at the philosophical underpinnings of the hit TV show, Mad Men

With its swirling cigarette smoke, martini lunches, skinny ties, and tight pencil skirts, Mad Men is unquestionably one of the most stylish, sexy, and irresistible shows on television. But the series becomes even more absorbing once you dig deeper into its portrayal of the changing social and political mores of 1960s America and explore the philosophical complexities of its key characters and themes. From Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to John Kenneth Galbraith, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand, Mad Men and Philosophy brings the thinking of some of history''s most powerful minds to bear on the world of Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper ad agency. You''ll gain insights into a host of compelling Mad Men questions and issues, including happiness, freedom, authenticity, feminism, Don Draper''s identity, and more.

  • Takes an unprecedented look at the philosophical issues and themes behind AMC''s Emmy Award-winning show, Mad Men
  • Explores issues ranging from identity to authenticity to feminism, and more
  • Offers new insights on your favorite Mad Men characters, themes, and storylines

    Mad Men and Philosophy will give Mad Men fans everywhere something new to talk about around the water cooler.

From the Jacket

Is Don Draper a good man?

What do Peggy, Betty, and Joan teach us about gender equality?

What are the ethics of advertising—or is that a contradiction in terms?

Is Roger Sterling an existential hero?

We''re better people than we were in the sixties, right?

With its swirling cigarette smoke, martini lunches, skinny ties, and tight pencil skirts, Mad Men is unquestionably one of the most stylish, sexy, and irresistible shows on television. But the series becomes even more absorbing once you dig deeper into its portrayal of the changing social and political mores of 1960s America and explore the philosophical complexities of its key characters and themes. From Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to John Kenneth Galbraith, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand, Mad Men and Philosophy brings the thinking of some of history''s most powerful minds to bear on the world of Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper ad agency. You''ll gain insights into a host of compelling Mad Men questions and issues, including happiness, freedom, authenticity, feminism, Don Draper''s identity, and more—and have lots to talk about the next time you find yourself around the water cooler.

About the Author

ROD CARVETH is an assistant professor in the department of Communications Media at Fitchburg State College.

JAMES B. SOUTH is chair of the philosophy department at Marquette University. He edited Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy and James Bond and Philosophy.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King''s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Twilight and Philosophy.

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