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30 Rock and Philosophy


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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Thanks for Helping Us Go to There ix Introduction: Platonic Fantasies and Tina Fey-losophy 1 PART ONE WHAT WOULD OPRAH DO?: ETHICS AND THE GOOD LIFE AT 30 ROCK 1 Being Kenneth: Some Moral Lessons 7 P. Sue Dohnimm 2 Sour Lemon: Liz?s Workaholism and the Meaning of Life 16 Jeffrey A. Hinzmann 3 Friendship on 30 Rock: What a Greek Philosopher Can Teach Us about Companionship 28 Dan Yim 4 A Confucian-Aristotelian Critique of 30 Rock?s ?Semi-Virtuous Path? 43 Adam Barkman PART TWO THE GIRLIE SHOW: GENDER, RACE, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION AT 30 ROCK 5 Race at the Rock: Race Cards, White Myths, and Postracial America 57 J. Jeremy Wisnewski 6 Getting Gay: How 30 Rock Helps Us Understand Sexuality 75 J. Jeremy Wisnewski 7 And the Followship Award Goes to . . . Third-Wave Feminism? 89 Ashley Barkman PART THREE DEALBREAKER!: CORPORATIONS, PROFESSIONS, AND POLITICS 8 Medicine?s Not a Science: Dr. Leo Spaceman and the Role of the Incompetent Professional in Today?s America 101 Kevin S. Decker 9 Is There a Difference between East Coast Television and Microwave Ovens?: Moral Questions about Corporate Management 114 Andrew Terjesen 10 The Emancipation Corporation: Loving and Loathing the Shinehardt Wigs of the World 130 Nicolas Michaud 11 Liz and Jack Can?t Be Friends!: Communitarianism, Libertarianism, and Politics at 30 Rock 138 Nicolas Michaud PART FOUR MIND GRAPES (TO NOURISH YOUR THINKING) 12 ?The Bubble,? the Cave, and Samsara: Being Deluded at 30 Rock 149 Adam Barkman 13 Of Cookie Jars and CEOs: Time and Self on 30 Rock 161 Tyler Shores 14 One City?s Cheese-Curl Addict Is Another City?s Model: A Question of Taste 174 Michael Da Silva and Melina Found 15 ?I?m Straight-Up Mentally Ill?: Tracy Jordan and True, Justified Belief 186 Robert Arp 16 Performing at 30 Rock (and Everywhere Else) 195 Marc E. Shaw APPENDIX 1 : Frank?s Hat Store 209 APPENDIX 2 : The Wisdom of the Page: Meet Kenneth Ellen Parcell 211 CONTRIBUTORS: Cast Members of 30 Rock and Philosophy 217 INDEX: Shinehardt Wig Company Filing System 221

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J. JEREMY WISNEWSKI is an associate professor of philosophyat Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. He coedited X-Men andPhilosophy and Twilight and Philosophy and edited Family Guy and Philosophy and The Office andPhilosophy. WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King'sCollege in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophyand popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestsellingThe Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titlesincluding Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, andMad Men and Philosophy.

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