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By J. Jeremy Wisnewski

A desirable exploration of the philosophy at the back of NBC's hit television sequence, 30 Rock

With edgy writing and an exceptional forged, 30 Rock is likely 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 fairly suggest to be stable? Dr. Leo Spaceman frequently demonstrates that medication isn't really a technological know-how, so what's the position of the incompetent expert in the US today?

In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow solid individuals are thrust onto the philosophical degree with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand different nice thinkers to ascertain those key questions and so forth that contain the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.

Takes an enjoyable, up-close examine the philosophical matters at the back of 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist beliefs to workaholism and the which means of life

Equips you with a brand new figuring out of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and different characters

supplies deep and significant new purposes (who knew?) for staring at Tina Fey and your different favorites on 30 Rock

excellent for either informal and diehard fanatics, this booklet is the fundamental spouse for each 30 Rock­-watcher.

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Perhaps, though, if I can convince you that Liz’s case isn’t hopeless, you won’t think things are so bad. So bear with me. Liz has tried her best to live a rich, meaningful life with places for both work and love. She seems stuck, however, in the unfortunate position of choosing between one and the other. As Adorno and the critical theorists would have predicted, though, Liz has trouble seeing her job as the problem. indd 26 6/5/10 10:08:49 AM SOUR LEMON 27 as a source of meaning makes it all the harder for her to get the distance that she needs to get clear on her priorities and make really good choices for herself.

Jack of Trade? Consider the virtue that Aristotle called magnificence and liberality, and that Confucius associated with chun tzu, or a refined character. The virtue is found in the proper attitude toward wealth (magnificence) and money (liberality), which is to say in knowing how much to spend and how much to save (magnificence), how much to give and how much to hold on to (liberality). Although Tracy, who buys things like gold shoes, is the most obvious case of extravagant spending and the failure of proper magnificence, his approach to money is too ridiculous to be dangerous.

He says that there are three basic motivations for our friendships: pleasure, utility, and virtue. 1 We’ve all had friendships that were based mostly on mutual usefulness. Coworkers often have this kind of relationship. We spend time with each other primarily because of what we can mutually get from the friendship. This doesn’t mean that we’re being totally fake or that we don’t actually have positive feelings toward our coworkers. In fact, we really do like them and wish the best for them. But we’re under no illusion that this friendship would continue if, say, we moved to another city or changed jobs.

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