According to Glasgow University, The Simpsons is now a legitimate strand of modern philosophy – one in which you can now become accredited. These Glaswegians are onto something; I might finally get that university degree I don’t need to staple it to my dad’s head to replace the degree he never got!
The course material stateth:
“The Simpsons is one of the modern world’s greatest cultural artefacts, partly because it is so full of philosophy. Aristotle, Kant, Marx, Camus, and many other great thinkers’ ideas are represented in what is arguably the purest of philosophical forms – the comic cartoon. This day-school will explore philosophy’s most inspiring ideas as presented in Matt Groening’s monument to the absurdities of human existence. Come along for a day of learning and explore some of philosophy’s most inspiring ideas as presented in The Simpsons.”
As per the above, The Simpsons follows the normative course of philosophical thinking. Brief moments of life changing experience (seasons x thru y) lost in a sea of inaccessible dross (seasons z – current). The fact that the show is so ingrained in our lives (and with it, the thoughts of famous philosophers they quietly ripped off) makes it an obvious, and dare we say tempting route back to campus.
For example, if some article is dissin’ your philosophical schoolin’, just give ’em one of these:
“Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is never try.” (Homer)
“All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.” (Jean-Paul Sartre)
“It takes two to lie: one to lie and one to listen.” (Homer)
“Man permits himself to be lied to men do not flee from being deceived as much as from being damaged by deception.” (Nietzsche)
“How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?” (Homer)
“To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.” (Socrates)
In other words, Philosophy, just eat the damn orange.
For someone like me (I’m a guy like me), this course will be a doddle; I was raised on Tomacco and Red Tick Beer. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pack my things.
Disclaimer: Hang on. Would that make the class just forty people doing Simpsons quotes? Or would it be exactly like Episode DABF15 where Lisa poses as a college student and there’s that course analysing the merits of Itchy & Scratchy?