House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)
An unauthorized look at the philosophical issues raised by one of today's most popular television shows: House
House is one of the top three television dramas on the air, pulling in more than 19 million viewers for each episode. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series takes a deeper look at the characters and issues raised in this Emmy Award-winning medical drama, offering entertaining answers to the fascinating ethical questions viewers have about Dr. Gregory House and his medical team.
Henry Jacoby (Goldsboro, NC) teaches philosophy at East Carolina University. He has published articles primarily on the philosophy of mind and was a contributor to South Park and Philosophy (978-1-4051-6160-2).
A must-read for all House fans with an interest in philosophy and ethics
By Gregory J. Casteel "Dr. Gregory J. Casteel" - April 24, 2009
I'm a big fan of the various series of books on philosophy and popular culture. (There are three such series that I'm aware of: "Popular Culture and Philosophy" from Open Court Publishing, the "Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series" from Wiley, and "The Philosophy of Popular Culture" from The University of Kentucky.) All of these series use popular culture -- TV shows, movies, music, popular books, sports, fads, etc. -- to illustrate important issues in philosophy and ethics. I have read several of the books in these series, and have been very impressed with all of them. I especially enjoyed reading "House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies" (which is part of the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series). As a lifelong student of philosophy, and a huge fan of the TV series "House, M.D.", I had to get this book.
"House, M.D." is a show about Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant but misanthropic diagnostician with a razor sharp wit and a contemptuous disregard for the... read more
A must read for House fans!
By Kerrry L. Koehler "KLK" - January 11, 2009
Even if you have no interest in philosophy, this book is truly satisfying for any fan of House. Each chapter examines a different aspect of the show, while relating it to an existing philosophical theory. If you're not interested in that aspect of the show, then don't worry because the writing will not confuse you. It is well written, clear and thought out. If, however, you have an interest in philosophy, then the introduction of philosophical theories is even more interesting and makes the show even more layered and in the words of Dr. House "cool."
Everybody loves somebody sometime, except you know who.
By L. Power "nlp trainer" - January 15, 2009
Most interesting to me were the bits comparing House with Sherlock Holmes. Commonalities include love of puzzle solving, house breaking, using Macchiavellian means to get at the truth, drug use, and deductive abilities. 'Your skin is orange, that means your wife is having an affair.'
My favorite parts were the chapter on love, and the chapter on friendship by Sara Protasi, and Sara Waller respectively. I also liked the ones on Sartre, and the Ubermensch.
Although some mention is made of the Socratic Method, it would need to be explained in more detail.
On the matter of Detective Tritter, which was one of my favorite parts in the series, it does not draw any analogy between House's behavior and the Trial of Socrates, even though House seems hell bent on his own destruction, much the way Socrates was.
Even though Socrates could have escaped, his apology was so bad that more people voted for his death than voted to convict him for his crime... read more
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