Learn From The Great Philosopher Homer (Simpson, That Is)

The Simpsons, America’s longest running primetime series, has been in the news a lot lately. Years ago, the show correctly predicted that Bengt Holmström of MIT would win a Nobel Prize, which he did this year. It also predicted that Donald Trump would become President of the United States. Crystal ball, much?

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Following that series of impressive prognostications, the Simpson family is now joining the ranks of philosophers. Homer Simpson and his family will be the subject of a new philosophy course at Glasgow University. The course, titled “D’oh! The Simpsons Introduce Philosophy,” will use The Simpsons as a device to introduce students to key ideas from some of history’s great thinkers.

Homer has proven to be quite philosophical over the years with quotes like “Just because I don’t care, doesn’t mean I don’t understand,” and “It takes two to lie: one to lie and one to listen,” so this seems like a natural fit.

I think Glasgow University can bank on having a full house for this class each semester. The professor better never complain about students avoiding homework, however, because as Homer Simpson once said “Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals!… Except the weasels.”

 

 

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