The Office and Philosophy: Scenes from the Unexamined Life (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

The Office and Philosophy: Scenes from the Unexamined Life (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

Language: English

Pages: 324

ISBN: 1405175559

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Just when you thought paper couldn't be more exciting, this book comes your way! This book--jammed full of paper--unites philosophy with one of the best shows ever: The Office. Addressing both the current American incarnation and the original British version, The Office and Philosophy brings these two wonders of civilization together for a frolic through the mundane yet curiously edifying worlds of Scranton's Dunder-Mifflin and Slough's Wernham-Hogg.

Is Michael Scott in denial about death? Are Pam and Jim ever going to figure things out? Is David Brent an essentialist? Surprisingly, The Office can teach us about the mind, Aristotle, and humiliation. Even more surprisingly, paper companies can allow us to better understand business ethics. Don't believe it? Open this book, and behold its beautiful paper...

Join the philosophical fray as we explore the abstract world of philosophy through concrete scenes of the unexamined life in The Office. You may discover that Gareth Keenan is secretly a brilliant logician, that Dwight Schrute is better off deceiving himself, that David Brent is an example of hyperreality, and that Michael Scott is hopelessly lost (but you probably already knew that!).

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supposed to do in the face of an unbearable confrontation with mortality. Like other rituals, the funeral provides us with something to do, something to hold onto, when we must confront the brutal reality of our existence. As the philosopher Robert Pogue Harrison has argued, it is through a shared symbolic language of grief and ritual that “the work of separation begins to take place. It is essential that this work fulfill its purpose, for if and when it fails, instead of the dead dying with me,

Totally Clueless: Oscar, Phyllis, and the Client That’s What She Said: A Catalogue of Kelly’s Lack of Consideration The Root of Michael’s Problem: Firing Devon, Kevin’s Skin Cancer, and Dwight’s Concussion Who Has Two Thumbs and Is Michael’s Friend: This Guy! 4 Leaving the Dice Alone: Pointlessness and Helplessness at Wernham-Hogg (UK) What if Everyone Threw a Stapler Out the Window? “It is the Wackiness I Can’t Stand” Dripping Boredom Tim’s Struggle To Quote Lennon … To Roll or Not to

the problem is with becoming authentic. Michael is authenticity-challenged. Even if he tried he couldn’t easily give up the Packer norms. Even if he knew that these norms were not consistent with who he is, he is too poorly equipped to get from where he is to living an authentic life. He wouldn’t make it. Any attempt would probably be futile.2 Those who doubt this should recall Michael’s attempt to ensure he does not resume his dysfunctional relationship with Jan. While he surrounds himself with

oversee, and more and more services to provide. And so office labor becomes just as divided and planned as manual labor.5 The worker cannot resist by working differently but only by not working, or working as little as possible. As when, visiting the warehouse (Michael’s idea, of course) to get a taste of manual labor, Ryan—the business school student—proposes setting up an assembly line process for unloading a truck. Stanley rebuffs him: “This is a run-out-the-clock type of situation. Just like

arrogant person attempts just this. Like shame, pride and arrogance are common responses to the Look. But these differ from shame in that the one looked at actively tries to take control of the situation. In other words, arrogance is the move to use the Other’s look to eliminate shame and replace it with affection, camaraderie, or respect. The epitome of this reaction is found in David Brent. One of the hallmarks of David ‘s managerial style is his over-the-top striving for self-promotion. He’s

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