A look at the philosophical underpinnings of the hit TV show, Mad
Men--just in time for the fourth season Mad Men may be stylish,
sexy, and utterly absorbing in its portrayal of the changing social
and political mores of 1960s America, but understanding the
philosophy behind this show is even more fascinating. Who is the
real Don Draper? Is Roger Sterling an existential void? If Peggy
forgets about her baby, does that mean the pregnancy never
happened? What are the ethics of advertising? Mad Men and
Philosophy answers these questions and many others.
- Takes an unprecedented look at the philosophical issues and
themes behind AMC's Emmy Award-winning show, Mad Men
- Explores issues ranging from identity to authenticity to
feminism, and more
- Offers new insights on your favorite Mad Men characters, themes,
Mad Men and Philosophy will give Mad Men fans everywhere something
new to talk about around the water cooler.
William Irwin ist Assistenz-Professor für Philosophie am King's College in Pennsylvania.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: "I Think We Need to Salute That!" Introduction: "A Thing Like That". PART ONE: "PEOPLE MAY SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY, BUT THEY DON'T REALLY WANT TO": MAD MEN AND PROBLEMS OF KNOWLEDGE AND FREEDOM. 1 What Fools We Were: Mad Men, Hindsight, and Justification (Landon W. Schurtz). 2 "People Want to Be Told What to Do So Badly That They'll Listen to Anyone": Mimetic Madness at Sterling Cooper (George A. Dunn). 3 Capitalism and Freedom in the Affluent Society (Kevin Guilfoy). PART TWO: "THERE IS NO BIG LIE, THERE IS NO SYSTEM, THE UNIVERSE IS INDIFFERENT": MAD MEN AND THE PROBLEM OF MEANING. 4 Pete, Peggy, Don, and the Dialectic of Remembering and Forgetting (John Fritz). 5 The Existential Void of Roger Sterling (Raymond Angelo Belliotti). 6 Egoless Egoists: The Second-Hand Lives of Mad Men (Robert White). 7 An Existential Look at Mad Men: Don Draper, Advertising, and the Promise of Happiness (Ada S. Jaarsma). PART THREE: "AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPINESS IS?": MAD MEN AND ETHICS. 8 "In on It": Honesty, Respect, and the Ethics of Advertising (Andreja Novakovic and Tyler Whitney). 9 Creating the Need for the New: "It's Not the Wheel. It's the Carousel." (George Teschner and Gabrielle Teschner). 10 "You're Looking in the Wrong Direction": Mad Men and the Ethics of Advertising (Adam Barkman). 11 Is Don Draper a Good Man? (Andrew Terjesen). 12 Don Draper, on How to Make Oneself (Whole Again) (John Elia). PART FOUR: "NO ONE ELSE IS SAYING THE RIGHT THING ABOUT THIS": MAD MEN AND SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY. 13 "And Nobody Understands That, but You Do": The Aristotelian Ideal of Friendship among the Mad Men (and Women) (Abigail E. Myers). 14 Mad Women: Aristotle, Second-Wave Feminism, and the Women of Mad Men (Ashley Jihee Barkman). 15 "We've Got Bigger Problems to Worry about Than TV, Okay?" Mad Men and Race (Rod Carveth). 16 "New York City Is a Marvelous Machine": Mad Men and the Power of Social Convention (James B. South). APPENDIX: It's Not a List of Titles and Air Dates; It's an Episode Guide. CONTRIBUTORS: Some Real Mad Men and Women. INDEX: Client Files Lifted from Sterling Cooper.