Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think!

Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think!

Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think!

Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think!


From the 1970s cult TV show, Monty Python's Flying Circus, to the current hit musical Spamalot, the Monty Python comedy troupe has been at the center of popular culture and entertainment. The Pythons John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam are increasingly recognized and honored for their creativity and enduring influence in the worlds of comedy and film. Monty Python and Philosophy extends that recognition into the world of philosophy. Fifteen experts in topics like mythology, Buddhism, feminism, logic, ethics, and the philosophy of science bring their expertise to bear on Python movies such as Monty Python's Life of Brian and Flying Circus mainstays such as the Argument Clinic, the Dead Parrot Sketch, and, of course, the Bruces, the Pythons' demented, song-filled vision of an Australian philosophy department. Monty Python and Philosophy follows the same hit format as the other titles in this popular series and explains all the philosophical concepts discussed in laymen's terms.


Gary L. hardcastle and George A. Reisch

Pythonist: a person who professes to prophesy through some
divine or esoteric inspiration.

— Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged

England. Sunday evening, October 5th, 1969. a big surprise awaits those switching on their television sets and settling in for an evening of entertainment. a game show features Genghis Khan dying, his death scored by panelists. An advertisement for butter heralds its superior taste, all but indistinguishable from that of dead crab. and excited sportscasters cover Pablo Picasso painting while riding a bicycle through England (“It will be very interesting to see how he copes with the heavy traffic round Wisborough Green!”). It's …Monty Python's Flying Circus!

At the end of the 1960s—a decade of race riots, student protests, undeclared wars, political assassinations, Woodstock, the first moon landing, and the rise of the sensitive singer-songwriter—perhaps nothing could be entirely new and unexpected. Yet Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin—collectively, Monty Python— pulled it off week after week. When a tuxedoed John Cleese intoned “And now for something completely different…” (mocking the bbc, naturally), he was completely right. Characters suddenly announced their desire to be not only lumberjacks, but . . .

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