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Mister Rogers and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9477-2


xii + 236 pages


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Mister Rogers and Philosophy

Wondering through the Neighborhood

Edited by Eric J. Mohr and Holly K. Mohr
Volume 128 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

“It’s a philosophical day in the neighborhood! As someone who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, I am delighted to see that the philosophers in this book brought the same level of care and insight to their chapters that Fred Rogers brought to his show each weekday. Only in recent years have we begun to fully appreciate Rogers’s legacy.”

 —Richard Greene, author of Spoiler Alert! (It’s a Book about the Philosophy of Spoilers) (2019)

 “This book applies the love of wisdom to an American icon who embodied the wisdom of love. Fred Rogers gave us a unique example, so it only makes sense that the editors of Mister Rogers and Philosophy should give us a wide-ranging and rich exploration of Rogers’s thought, character, and inspiration—perhaps so that we might learn from his example how to become better neighbors.”

— Tom Sparrow, author of The End of Phenomenology (2014)

“It’s not make-believe that Fred Rogers was a deep thinker! He changed his cardigan and shoes like it was a Kantian Categorical Maxim, and he had a friend named Trolley who transported us into another realm for thought experiments—and some ‘problems’ to solve too. This book shows us some of the surprising philosophical implications of Mister Rogers.”

&— Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, author of Doorway to the World of Essences (2011)

“What Holly and Eric Mohr have achieved is a stellar synthesis of Mister Rogers’s legacy and philosophy. Not only should this book be your neighbor, it should be your companion. Readers will be reawakened to a past reflected through philosophy that will stir any reader, young or old, to question the past of our childhoods, to illuminate a brightening future for the world to come.”

&— J. Edward Hackett, author of Persons and Values in Pragmatic Phenomenology (2018)

 “Mister Rogers and Philosophy reveals that Fred Rogers was eminently thoughtful and deliberative. The resonances it demonstrates between Rogers’s pedagogy and rhetoric, personalism and activism, on the one hand, and such intellectual luminaries as Jürgen Habermas and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Carl Rogers and William James, on the other, has the cumulative effect of showcasing the capacious heart and integrative mind of this great man and cultural icon who made goodness attractive.”

— David Baggett, co-editor of C.S. Lewis as Philosopher (2008)

Eric J. Mohr teaches philosophy at Saint Vincent College, in Mister Rogers’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Holly K. Mohr taught philosophy for several years and is now Director of Religious Education at a Catholic parish in Pittsburgh.

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