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 normally demonstrates that drugs isn't a technological know-how, so what's the function of the incompetent specialist in the US today?In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow solid individuals are thrust onto the philosophical level with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand different nice thinkers to ascertain those key questions etc that contain the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.Takes an pleasing, up-close examine the philosophical concerns in the back of 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist beliefs to workaholism and the that means of lifeEquips you with a brand new knowing of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and different charactersGives you deep and significant new purposes (who knew?) for looking at Tina Fey and your different favorites on 30 RockIdeal for either informal and diehard lovers, this booklet is the basic spouse for each 30 Rock-watcher.
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30 Rock goes beyond a Hobbesian skepticism about our ability to be virtuous or moral with any consistency. Indeed, there’s something to the idea that the truly virtuous person would be naive, or perhaps even ridiculous. Kenneth’s “pure morality,” to quote Jack, is a case in point (“Believe in the Stars”). The “normal” or “grounded” person—the person who most of us are and, according to the show’s implications, should remain—is a person who isn’t the best but also isn’t the worst. The truth, in short, needs to be “massaged” (“Season 4”).
Accordingly, while Jack wouldn’t mind hiring Josh at a salary that is less than he deserves, Confucius and Aristotle would insist that Josh be paid precisely what he deserves. Liberality is concerned with balance and fairness. Capitalism and business rarely focus on these (though they could). Moreover, and more to the point, because it’s not made clear that liberality (in respect to money) and fairness (in respect to wages) are important, the show leaves us with the false sense that Jack is right to aim solely at getting the best deal he can, while Josh is right to do likewise.
As a result, people blame themselves for their failure to rise to fame and fortune, and they overlook how unlikely they were to succeed playing a rigged game. The most obvious comparison is with gambling at a casino. The individual is free to play or not to play, but the saying “The house always wins” indicates that the game is set up so that the player is far more likely to lose than win. The ideology in this analogy would be the belief that the outcome of the game is mostly chance and therefore that the gambler has a reasonable chance of winning.
30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) by William Irwin