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283 Pages·2012·0.92 MB·English
by  HeldJacob M.
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Dr. Seuss and Philosophy 99778811444422220033111122__PPrriinntt..iinnddbb ii 55//1122//1111 11::3355 PPMM 99778811444422220033111122__PPrriinntt..iinnddbb iiii 55//1122//1111 11::3355 PPMM Dr. Seuss and Philosophy Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! edited by Jacob M. Held Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, inc. Lanham (cid:129) Boulder (cid:129) New York (cid:129) Toronto (cid:129) Plymouth, UK 99778811444422220033111122__PPrriinntt..iinnddbb iiiiii 55//1122//1111 11::3355 PPMM Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. A wholly owned subsidiary of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. 4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, Maryland 20706 http://www.rowmanlittlefield.com Estover Road, Plymouth PL6 7PY, United Kingdom Copyright © 2011 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote passages in a review. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Information Available Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Dr. Seuss and philosophy : oh, the thinks you can think! / edited by Jacob M. Held. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-1-4422-0311-2 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Seuss, Dr.—Criticism and interpretation. 2. Literature—Philosophy. 3. Children’s stories, American—History and criticism. I. Held, Jacob M., 1977– II. Title: Doctor Seuss and philosophy. PS3513.E2Z65 2011 813'.52—dc22 2011006488 ™ The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992. Printed in the United States of America 99778811444422220033111122__PPrriinntt..iinnddbb iivv 55//1122//1111 11::3355 PPMM Dedicated to those teachers who impressed upon me through their words and deeds that learning is about growing as an individual, and who helped me grow immensely—especially Dr. James B. South and Ken Fought 99778811444422220033111122__PPrriinntt..iinnddbb vv 55//1122//1111 11::3355 PPMM 99778811444422220033111122__PPrriinntt..iinnddbb vvii 55//1122//1111 11::3355 PPMM (cid:2) Contents Preface xi Acknowledgments xv Editor’s Note xvii Unsettled Meddling: An Introduction in Verse xix Chapter 1 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The Examined, Happy Life 1 Benjamin Rider Chapter 2 M y Troubles Are Going to Have Troubles with Me: Schopenhauer, Pessimism, and Nietzsche 15 Jacob M. Held Chapter 3 Gertrude McFuzz Should’ve Read Marx, or Sneetches of the World Unite 29 Jacob M. Held Chapter 4 Socratic Seuss: Intellectual Integrity and Truth-Orientation 41 Matthew F. Pierlott vii 99778811444422220033111122__PPrriinntt..iinnddbb vviiii 55//1122//1111 11::3355 PPMM viii (cid:2) Contents Chapter 5 Neither Here, nor There, nor Anywhere? 53 Randall E. Auxier Chapter 6 McElligot’s Pool: Epistemology (with Fish!) 65 Ron Novy Chapter 7 On Beyond Modernity, or Conrad and a Postmodern Alphabet 79 Jacob M. Held Chapter 8 From There to Here, from Here to There, Diversity Is Everywhere 93 Tanya Jeffcoat Chapter 9 What Would You Do If Your Mother Asked You? A Brief Introduction to Ethics 103 Jacob M. Held and Eric N. Wilson Chapter 10 Horton Hears You, Too! Seuss and Kant on Respecting Persons 119 Dean A. Kowalski Chapter 11 Pragmatist Ethics with John Dewey, Horton, and the Lorax 133 Thomas M. Alexander Chapter 12 The Grinch’s Change of Heart: Whodunit? 147 Anthony Cunningham Chapter 13 Thidwick the Big-Hearted Bearer of Property Rights 159 Aeon J. Skoble Chapter 14 Rebellion in Sala-ma-Sond: The Social Contract and a Turtle Named Mack 167 Ron Novy Chapter 15 Whose Egg Is It, Really? Property Rights and Distributive Justice 179 Henry Cribbs Chapter 16 It’s Not Personal . . . It’s Just Bizzyneuss: Business Ethics, the Company, and Its Stakeholders 191 Matthew F. Pierlott 99778811444422220033111122__PPrriinntt..iinnddbb vviiiiii 55//1122//1111 11::3355 PPMM Contents (cid:2) ix Chapter 17 S peaking for Business, Speaking for Trees: Business and Environment in The Lorax 207 Johann A. Klaassen and Mari-Gretta G. Klaassen Chapter 18 Dr. Seuss Meets Philosophical Aesthetics 219 Dwayne Tunstall Notes 231 Index 249 The Menagerie: Author Biographies 257 99778811444422220033111122__PPrriinntt..iinnddbb iixx 55//1122//1111 11::3355 PPMM

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