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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Philosophy in Cartoons

I'm going to be analyzing the wonderful world of cartoons and showing that they aren't just for kids.

Cartoons have developed throughout the decades to become more than just slapstick comedy and wacky humor; in the last 20 years there have been plenty of cartoons that explore the more intellectual side of their viewers by wrapping up different philosophical views in what seem to be nonsensical animations.

I'll be looking at different cartoons from Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network and showing just how deep their philosophical roots go, and comparing these seemingly innocent plots to the profound ideas of philosophers we've discussed in class.

Disclaimer: Disney will be excluded from this report. :C


  1. Hello everyone! My name is Jesse Noe and I will be presenting on Women and Philosophy.

    Sorry it has taken so long to get this up. the reason is, I thought I would be changing my presentation topic, but with the hectic schedule I've decided to stick with my original topic of women.

    Ok so some videos you may want to watch are:


    This one is about Erin McKenna a woman Philosopher and her take on her career as a woman philosopher.
    And this one:


    which is a video about another woman philosopher named Alison Gopnik.

    So the other main points I'll be taking on are some of the history of other female philosophers such as: Hypatia, Hildegard, Anita Allen, and Ayn Rand.

    I hope you all will enjoy the presentation as much as me.
    see y'all later today!

    Jesse Noe

    1. Enjoyed your presentation, Jesse. Hypatia in particular has been sadly neglected, but Carl Sagan did give her her due in the original Cosmos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLlVnKOb4Mk

    2. A better link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVQs4B2jAW0

  2. My name is Erika Butler. My presentation is on the chapter, Gays, in America the Philosophical. I will be breaking my presentation up into three sections corresponding to the page breaks in the chapter. The first section will discuss Ludwig Wittgenstein. The second section discusses Michael Foucault. Finally, the third section discusses Richard Mohr. Each section will go into detail about them as individuals and how their homosexuality contributed to the philosophy world. I would suggest that before this presentation you read the chapter in the book which are pages 451-463. I hope you enjoy!

    1. Good presentation, Erika. As noted in class, the sexuality of philosophers never used to be discussed or considered relevant. It's still a good question, how much we attention we should pay to it. It wasn't on my grad school prelims!

  3. Interesting, Kierra. There's lots of philosophy in the least expected places. Calvin & Hobbes is no surprise, but even Charlie Brown gives us a glimpse of 20th century midwestern existentialism.

    Good luck in your animation studies/career!