Twin Peaks and Philosophy

Star Wars and Philosophy, Mad Men and Philosophy, even Metallica and Philosophy; the good people behind the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture book series feature an array of books aimed at philosophically-minded lovers of pop culture. They also have a blog that contains essays on selected television shows, interspersed with philosophical theories. The blog features American Horror Story and Philosophy by Benjamin W. McCraw (editor of Philosophical Approaches to the Devil, which contains my chapter on Nietzsche and Satan), House of Cards and Philosophy by J. Edward Hackett, and Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy by Leigh Kolb, among others. The most recent addition is my new piece on Twin Peaks and Philosophy.  The essay discusses the popular cult television series (set to return in 2017) through the philosophical lens of Plato, Nietzsche, Freud, and Žižek, looking at issues from dream theory to morality. Here is the beginning:

“When Twin Peaks first arrived on television in 1990, it signalled a substantial shift in American television, featuring a morass of conflicting techniques and traits, from soap opera-ish theatrics, metafictional comedy, and supernatural elements which would go on to influence other shows such as The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As Slavoj Žižek notes, Twin Peaks was “simultaneously comical, provoking laughter; unbearably naïve; and yet to be taken thoroughly ‘seriously.’” That it exhibited a homelessness of genre won over audiences with its quirky take on a serious subject matter…”

Read more here.



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