xii + 252 pages
Girls and Philosophy
This Book Isn't a Metaphor for Anything
Edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene
Volume 86 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
Some people really hate Girls. More really love it, but even they often find it unsettling and embarrassing, and occasionally they wonder why they’re so strangely addicted to this overpowering odyssey of maladjusted millennials.
Now the most controversial show on television has attracted the attention of twenty-three professional deep thinkers, who find surprising lessons for all of us—even for those who never make dumb choices, invariably know exactly what they want and how to get it, and always find their romantic relationships perfectly fulfilling.
“Is your life a series of ridiculous mistakes—too much booze, bad dates, spelling your name wrong on your résumé? Do you want to be true to yourself, but you’re not quite sure what that is because you know that you know nothing? In these pages you’ll find some fun, witty articles on Girls, as well as something interesting to hide behind on the bus, to avoid contact with that next bad date.”
—Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, A Tattooed Philosopher’s Blog
“Marnie makes another bad decision and Hannah has a q-tip stuck in her ear. The writers find surprising philosophical insights into feminism, existentialism, and ethics. They have to be the voice of this philosophical generation, with the thoughts that they think about girls feeling what they feel when they feel it. Witty and entertaining as well as thought-provoking!”
—Wayne Yuen, editor of The Walking Dead and Philosophy: Zombie Apocalypse Now
“HBO’s hit comedy Girls, created and fronted by Lena Dunham, has ignited a firestorm of critical disagreement over issues of feminism, class, race, the ethics of representation, consumer culture, and a host of other hot topics. The chapters in this book cover all the major points of controversy, and supply some thoughtful responses.”
—K. Silem Mohammad, professor of English and writing at Southern Oregon University
“You might find the characters in Girls unlikable, but you’ll love finding out what makes them that way. Girls and Philosophy is stark, raw, witty, and entertaining, and most of all, it has the same commitment to the truth that fans of Girls expect. Now we can let our inner Hannah indulge herself with some deep thinking about Girls.”
—Courtland Lewis, co-editor of Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside
Richard Greene is professor of philosophy at Weber State University and has served as Executive Chair of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Among the many books he has co-edited are Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy: New Life for the Undead (2010) and Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter (2011).
Rachel Robison-Greene is a PhD candidate at UMass Amherst. She co-edited The Golden Compass and Philosophy: God Bites the Dust (2009) and Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy: Bootleg This Book (2013).