By Joseph J. Foy
SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy is designed to introduce enthusiasts of SpongeBob SquarePants to a few of the nice thinkers and questions in philosophy. The essays might be shared by means of old and young alike, kindling new curiosity in philosophy and life’s colossal questions. What retains SpongeBob "reeling in" significant audiences each day is that beneath the lighthearted and eccentric external are the seeds of long-standing and demanding philosophical discussions approximately id and the self, our responsibilities towards others, merits and tensions of the person in group, ideas of and environmental ethics, and questions of simply how precisely Jack Kahuna Laguna can construct a fireplace on the backside of the sea. (Okay, so probably we don’t have a solution for that final one, yet probably if you happen to investigate that fireside lengthy adequate the reply might be revealed.)
The publication starts with a piece exploration of the foremost characters of the sequence. to start, Nicole Pramik makes use of the philosophies of Aristotle to illustrate why SpongeBob, greater than the other personality within the sequence, is outlined via a lifetime of overall healthiness and flourishing. In bankruptcy , Timothy Dunn offers an overview of SpongeBob’s ally, Patrick megastar, utilizing the writings of J.S. Mill to invite if the lifetime of easy pleasures most excellent to the lifetime of the brain, whereas in bankruptcy 3 Natasha Liebig makes use of the German pessimist philosophers to bare what it capability to reside the lifetime of Squidward Q. Tentacles. bankruptcy 4 makes use of the competing philosophies of Ayn Rand and Karl Marx to judge the activities of SpongeBob’s boss, Mr. Eugene Krabs, whereas in bankruptcy 5 Denise Du Vernay explains how Sandy Cheeks bargains a model of feminism that breaks down conventional assumptions approximately masculine and female id and repackages them into positive and empowering messages for adolescents. Concluding this portion of the e-book, Nicholas Michaud makes use of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche to invite us re-examine our trust that SpongeBob and his acquaintances are someway heroic by means of giving us perception into the "will to power" held through the robust little protozoan, Plankton.
part of the ebook is devoted to exploring the neighborhood of Bikini backside, beginning with Shaun Young’s exam of Bikini backside as a illustration of varied theories of the simply nation. In bankruptcy 8, Nathan Zook seems to be into no matter if we would study whatever approximately theories of democracy and political participation from an election among SpongeBob and Squidward for Royal Krabby,” whereas in bankruptcy 9 Adam Barkman makes use of the writings of Dante Alighieri to evaluate the monarchal rule of King Neptune. bankruptcy ten makes use of the criminal philosophies of thinkers like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, John Rawls, and David Hume to reply to even if Mr. Krabs has the correct philosophical foundation upon which to assert somebody correct to own and take advantage of the key Krabby Patty formulation. bankruptcy 11 then takes us to the pristine Jellyfish Fields the place Greg Ahrenhoerster makes use of literary naturalism and the works of transcendentalist thinkers to envision environmental ethics and an individual’s responsibilities to shared resources.
The 3rd and ultimate part makes use of SpongeBob to discover mental and medical questions that flow round less than the ocean. In bankruptcy twelve, Katie Anderson makes use of the episode "Sleepy Time" to discover Cartesian ideas with regards to the philosophical questions that try to distinguish among goals and fact, and in bankruptcy 13 Robert Kincaid maintains the exam into philosophical matters with regards to the brain by utilizing SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick to narrate the theories of Sigmund Freud. bankruptcy fourteen is devoted to an creation into the philosophy of technological know-how by way of Wilson González-Espada, and Robert Vuckovich concludes the quantity with an essay on SpongeBob’s insatiable thirst for wisdom within the episode "The mystery Box."