Simpsons and philosophy

A nice arti­cle was post­ed at BBC News that lauds The Simp­sons as the ide­al medi­um with which to prop­a­gate philo­soph­i­cal ideas:

The satir­i­cal car­toon world is essen­tial­ly a philo­soph­i­cal one because to work it needs to reflect real­i­ty accu­rate­ly by abstract­ing it, dis­till­ing it and then pre­sent­ing it back to us, illu­mi­nat­ing it more bright­ly than real­ist fic­tion can.

That’s why it is no coin­ci­dence that the most insight­ful and philo­soph­i­cal cul­tur­al prod­uct of our time is a com­ic car­toon, and why its cre­ator, Matt Groen­ing, is the true heir of Pla­to, Aris­to­tle and Kant.

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