By William Irwin
A desirable exploration of the philosophy in the back of NBC’s hit television sequence, 30 RockWith edgy writing and a superb solid, 30 Rock is without doubt one of the funniest tv exhibits at the air—and the place hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy moral heroes? Kenneth redefines "goody shoes", yet what does it quite suggest to be stable? Dr. Leo Spaceman oftentimes demonstrates that drugs isn't a technological know-how, so what's the function of the incompetent expert in the United States today?In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow solid participants are thrust onto the philosophical degree with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand different nice thinkers to envision those key questions etc that contain the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.Takes an interesting, up-close examine the philosophical concerns in the back of 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist beliefs to workaholism and the which means of lifeEquips you with a brand new realizing of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and different charactersGives you deep and significant new purposes (who knew?) for gazing Tina Fey and your different favorites on 30 RockIdeal for either informal and diehard lovers, this publication is the basic spouse for each 30 Rock-watcher.
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By contrast, it’s surprising the way Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy grow in their relationship into something like category (b). The pilot episode of 30 Rock pits Liz versus Jack as a David-versus-Goliath adversarial relationship. Here’s Jack in that famous scene dripping with a condescending attitude toward Liz: Jack: Sure . . I gotcha. New York, third-wave feminist, college-educated, single and pretending to be happy about it, overscheduled, undersexed, you buy any magazine that says “healthy body image” on the cover, and every two years you take up knitting for .
The picture is this: Liz is mainly seen as a worker by NBC-Universal-Shinehardt. As a worker, Liz is worked as much as possible, with little regard to the consequences to the rest of her life. Even though Jack, her boss, sees her as a person, he does not seem to realize his role in the conﬂict. Instead, he gives Liz advice about how to better make use of her time while not at work. Jack fails, however, to realize that working as much as Liz does, it’s difﬁcult for Liz to invest emotionally in anything outside of the job.
The two philosophers also would have agreed that the moral virtues are tendencies or dispositions, induced by habit or constant practice, that allow us to react appropriately to the world around us. indd 45 6/5/10 10:09:31 AM 46 ADAM BAR K MAN only to discern universal moral principles, but also to see how such principles properly apply to particular situations. Aristotle insisted that though practical wisdom is an intellectual virtue or perfection, it’s also a moral virtue. Without wisdom, after all, it’s impossible to cultivate the other moral virtues.
30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) by William Irwin