Mad Men and Philosophy

Nothing Is as It Seems
(Book - 2010)
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A look at the philosophical underpinnings of the hit TV show, Mad Men

With its swirling cigarette smoke, martini lunches, skinny ties, and tight pencil skirts, Mad Men is unquestionably one of the most stylish, sexy, and irresistible shows on television. But the series becomes even more absorbing once you dig deeper into its portrayal of the changing social and political mores of 1960s America and explore the philosophical complexities of its key characters and themes. From Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to John Kenneth Galbraith, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand, Mad Men and Philosophy brings the thinking of some of history's most powerful minds to bear on the world of Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper ad agency. You'll gain insights into a host of compelling Mad Men questions and issues, including happiness, freedom, authenticity, feminism, Don Draper's identity, and more.

  • Takes an unprecedented look at the philosophical issues and themes behind AMC's Emmy Award-winning show, Mad Men
  • Explores issues ranging from identity to authenticity to feminism, and more
  • Offers new insights on your favorite Mad Men characters, themes, and storylines

Mad Men and Philosophy will give Mad Men fans everywhere something new to talk about around the water cooler.

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Looks at the philosophy behind some of the biggest names in pop culture, including movies, TV shows, hit novels and more.

Statement of Responsibility: edited by Rod Carveth and James B. South
Title: Mad men and philosophy
nothing is as it seems
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2010
Characteristics: x, 262 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: People may see things differently, but they don't really want to : Mad men and problems of knowledge and freedom. What fools we were: Mad men, hindsight, and justification / Landon W. Schurtz
"People want to be told what to do so badly that they'll listen to anyone" : mimetic madness at Sterling Cooper / George A. Dunn
Capitalism and freedom in the affluent society / Kevin Guilfoy
"There is no big lie, there is no system, the universe is indifferent" : Mad men and the problem of meaning. Pete, Peggy, Don and the dialectic of remembering and forgetting / John Fritz
The existential void of Roger Sterling / Raymond Angelo Belliotti
Egoless egoists: the second-hand lives of Mad men / Robert White
An existential look at Mad men: Don Draper, advertising, and the promise of happiness / Ada S. Jaarsma
"And you know what happiness is?" Mad men and ethics. "In on it": honesty, respect, and the ethics of advertising / Andreja Novakovic and Tyler Whitney
Creating the need for the new: "It's not the wheel, it's the carousel" / George Teschner and Gabrielle Teschner
"You're looking in the wrong direction": Mad men and the ethics of advertising / Adam Barkman
Is Don Draper a good man? / Andrew Terjesen
Don Draper, on how to make oneself (whole again) / John Elia
"No one else is saying the right thing about this": Mad men and social philosophy. "And nobody understands that, but you do": the Aristotelian ideal of friendship among the Mad men (and women) / Abigail E. Myers
Mad women: Aristotle, second-wave feminism, and the women in Mad men / Ashley Jihee Barkman
"We've got bigger problems to worry about than TV, O.K.?" Mad men and race / Rod Carveth
"New York City is a marvelous machine": Mad men and the power of social convention / James B. South
Subject Headings: Mad men (Television program)
Additional Contributors: South, James B. 1960-
Carveth, Rod
LCCN: 2010005158
ISBN: 0470603011
Research Call Number: MWGT 10-5265
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