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The Sopranos and philosophy : I kill therefore I am
Greene, Richard, 1961-
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Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, [2004]

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xiii, 219 pages ; 23 cm.
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PN1992.77.S62 S67 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This collection of essays by philosophers who are also fans does a deep probe of the Sopranos, analyzing the adventures and personalities of Tony, Carmella, Livia, and the rest of television's most irresistible mafia family for their metaphysical, epistemological, value theory, eastern philosophical, and contemporary postmodern possibilities. No prior philosophical qualificationsor mob connections are required to enjoy these musings, which are presented with the same vibrancy and wit that have made the show such a hit.

Table of Contents

Al GiniSteven C. CombsJennifer BakerKevin L. StoehrDavid HahnRonald M. GreenSheila LintottScott D. WilsonLisa CassidyH. Peter SteevesNoel CarrollJames HaroldMike LippmanMichael E. GettingsRichard GreenePeter VernezzePeter H. Hare
Foreword: Forewarnedp. xi
Stop. We're Grateful to You. We Arep. xiii
This Book of Oursp. 1
Antipasto: Prolegomenonp. 5
1. Bada-Being and Nothingness: Murderous Melodrama or Morality Play?p. 7
Primo Piatto: History of Philosophy: Tony and the Philosophersp. 15
2. Tony Soprano and the Art of War: New Jersey Meets the Eastp. 17
3. The Unhappiness of Tony Soprano: An Ancient Analysisp. 28
4. "It's All a Big Nothing": The Nihilistic Vision of The Sopranosp. 37
5. The Prince and I: Some Musings on Machiavellip. 48
Secondo Piatto: Ethics: Soprano Family Valuesp. 57
6. "I Dunno About Morals, but I Do Got Rules": Tony Soprano as Ethical Managerp. 59
7. Tony Soprano's Moral Sympathy (or Lack Thereof): The Sopranos and Subjectivist Ethicsp. 72
8. Staying within the Family: Tony Soprano's Ethical Obligationsp. 86
9. Is Carmela Soprano a Feminist? Carmela's Care Ethicsp. 97
10. Dying in Our Own Arms: Liberalism, Communitarianism, and the Construction of Identity on The Sopranosp. 108
Contorno: Aesthetics: The Beauty of Crimep. 119
11. Sympathy for the Devilp. 121
12. A Moral Never-Never Land: Identifying with Tony Sopranop. 137
13. Know Thyself, Asshole: Tony Soprano as an Aristotelian Tragic Herop. 147
Dolce: Language and Knowledge: Metaphysics and Made Guysp. 157
14. This Thing of Ours: Language Use in The Sopranosp. 159
15. Is Tony Soprano Self-Blind?p. 171
Vino: Philosophy of Religion: The God of The Sopranosp. 183
16. Tony Soprano in Hell: Chase's Mob in Dante's Infernop. 185
17. "What Kind of God Does This ...?"p. 195
Episode Guidep. 207
The Familyp. 209
Indexp. 213