Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (and So Can by Aaron Allen Schiller

By Aaron Allen Schiller

On the head of The Colbert document, some of the most well known indicates on tv, Stephen Colbert is a popular culture phenomenon. multiple million humans subsidized his faux candidacy within the 2008 U.S. presidential election on fb, a testomony to the quite wealthy set of matters and feelings Colbert brings to brain. Stephen Colbert and Philosophy is full of considerate and fun chapters, every one written via a thinker and all enthusiastic about Colbert's inimitable fact — from his note creations (truthiness, wikiality, freem, and others) to his place as a faux-pundit who overtly mocks Fox information and CNN. even though many of the dialogue is established round the Colbert document, this assortment doesn't overlook both his best-selling booklet, i'm the US (And So Can You!), or his public performances, together with his incendiary 2006 White condo Press Correspondents' Dinner speech.

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A related revelation came when interviewing former presidential candidate George McGovern: MCGOVERN: If you will concede that idealists can also be realists, . . COLBERT: I will not concede anything. 20 By not even implying but instead boldly admitting he does not make concessions or attempt to acknowledge the views of others, Colbert asserts his desire to avoid appraising his own reasoning. This directly contradicts the habit of being judicious, which asks us to first try and understand opposing views, and even be able to summarize them ourselves, before we disagree with them.

We should prefer the good ones to the bad ones. Just because everyone has a right to his or her opinion doesn’t mean that some opinions aren’t utterly irrational to hold. This, then, is the second reason why moral doubt is a good thing. Sometimes even the best of us can get it wrong. One guard against error is competition. When Stephen Colbert says he trusts the marketplace, this need not only be the financial market, but also the marketplace of ideas. A philosophical movement called the Enlightenment, including figures like John Locke and later John Stuart Mill, championed democratic governance, trials by jury, and free market economics, all because they contended that people are rational and when confronted with a fair competition among the strongest arguments on opposing sides, the truth will almost always win out.

Arbitrary rules teach kids discipline: If every rule made sense, they wouldn’t be learning respect for authority, they’d be learning logic” (p. 11). One irony 6 Episode 2064, originally aired May 15th, 2006. ” 33 here is that Colbert has no confidence in reason or patience with making sense of rules, yet critical thinking requires precisely that people understand the reasoning behind agreements. ”7 His chief problem with logic, then, seems to be that it can be used to show how an authority like him may be wrong.

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