The Big Lebowski and Philosophy

  • by William Irwin, Peter S. Fosl (editor)
  • Narrated by Darren Stephens
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Celebrate the Dude with an abiding look at the philosophy behind The Big Lebowski.
Is the Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius living the good life? Naturally, it's the latter, and The Big Lebowski and Philosophy explains why. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato and Nietzsche, the book explores the movie's hidden philosophical layers, cultural reflection, and political commentary. It also answers key questions, including:
The Dude abides, but is abiding a virtue? Is the Dude an Americanized version of the Taoist way of life? How does The Big Lebowski illustrate the Just War Theory? How does bowling help Donny, Walter, and the Dude oppose nihilism?
Yes, the Dude is deep, and so is this book. Don't watch the movie - or go to Lebowski Fest - without it. This book:


Explores many of The Big Lebowski's key themes, such as nihilism, war and politics, money and materialism, idealism and morality, history, and more
Gives you new perspective on the movie's characters: the Dude, the Big Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, Donny, Maude Lebowski, Bunny Lebowski, and others
Helps you appreciate the Coen Brothers classic even more with the insights of Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, Derrida, and other philosophical heavyweights

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Customer Reviews

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The Book Abides

So the book isn't that good BUT hearing all of the funny quotes from one of the funniest movies of all time makes it completely worth it. Some interesting perspectives here and there as well - and the narrator is good too. Now that I'm done writing this, I think I'll go watch the movie again!
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- steve "Addicted to Audible since 2009"

Amazing and Insightful

listed to it 3 times. Must read book. Mind opening , El Duderino! Psych Majors Must Read!
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- Jesse

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios