The Wire and Philosophy: This America, Man (Paperback)

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David Bzdak is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.

Joanna Crosby is on the faculty of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Seth Vannatta is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He teaches philosophy of law, political philosophy, ethics, logic, and American philosophy. He is a former varsity volleyball coach and soccer coach and has written on the philosophy of sport.
By many accounts, HBO’s The Wire was and remains the greatest and most important television drama of all time. Conceived by writers David Simon and ex-Baltimore homicide detective Ed Burns, this five-season, sixty-episode tour de force has raised the bar for compelling, intelligent television production. With each season addressing a different arena of life in the city of Baltimore, and each season’s narratives tapping into those from previous seasons, The Wire was able to reveal the overlapping, criss-crossing, and colliding realities that shape?if not control?the people, institutions, and culture of the modern American city.

The Wire and Philosophy celebrates this show’s realism as well as its intellectual and philosophical clarity. Selected philosophers who are fans of The Wire tap into these conflicts and interconnections to expose the underlying philosophical issues and assumptions and pursue questions, such as, can cops really tell whether they are smarter than their perps? Or do they fall victim to intellectual vanity? Do individuals really have free will to resist the temptations?of gangs, of drugs, or corruption?that surround them? Is David Simon a modern-day Marx who sees capitalism leading ultimately to its own collapse, or is Baltimore’s story uniquely its own?

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ISBN 9780812698237
Genre PHILOSOPHY / Essays
Format Paperback
Pages 314
Publisher Date 2013-05-28 00:00:00.0
Publisher Open Court Pub Co
Copyright Year 2013
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 0.95 lb
Language English
Subtitle This America, Man
Series Name Popular Culture and Philosophy
Audience General/trade

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