Philosophy Through TV series

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Philosophy Through TV series


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In a Nutshell, this book explains Philosophy as you have never seen before,

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Thomas Ariemma is perhaps one of the most innovative writers. Conciliating a TV series with a philosopher isn’t a joke. But, in some ways, he was able to do it, thus giving life to a remarkable little book. In particular, the point of view of Parmenides and the protagonist of the True Detective TV series, Rust Cohle, makes the philosopher’s fundamental principles more understandable. The analogies between philosophical thoughts and TV series is evident at the end of the season, when Rust went very close to death, following a clash with a serial killer. He had a vision of his dead daughter and father, who invited him to “disappear” with him in the darkness. At first, Rust surrenders to darkness, but when it is about to dissolve completely, he feels the love that his daughter and father feel for him. So Rust understands that vanishing is not the right way and wakes up in the hospital. He tells his friend Marty all about this and the season ends with a reflection of the two on life: the only eternal struggle that exists is the one between light and darkness, and even though at first darkness seems to dominate light, deep down there is a light that never goes out. This is basically the television explanation of Parmenides dualistic vision: those who follow the path of light know that nothing can be annihilated, and whoever chooses to follow the path of darkness knows that nothing has ever been. Parmenides believes that with the use of reason one can find everything, as philosophical thought feels that everything is eternal. And that is why Ariemma concludes the chapter with Parmenides, terrible father of all detectives.



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