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Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy (Popular Culture and by Seth Vannatta

By Seth Vannatta

Seeing that he burst at the global along with his heavy-metal memoir Fargo Rock City in 2001, Chuck Klosterman has been probably the most winning novelists and essayists in the US. His collections of essays Sex, medications, and Cocoa Puffs and Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious humans and hazardous Ideas have tested Klosterman not just as a reputable spokesman for clever purveyors of pop culture. His writings and normal columns (in Spin, Esquire, The long island instances Magazine and different venues) approximately track, activities, and smooth tradition have occasionally develop into themselves touchstones in pop culture. The luck of his card-based online game Hypertheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations has confirmed that Klosterman can connect to his lovers and readers even off the broadcast page.

As he writes in his contribution to this e-book, Klosterman “enjoys writing approximately tremendous, unwieldy ideas” as they movement in tradition, in humans, in track, and in activities. The twenty-two different philosophers writing along Klosterman couldn’t agree extra. they give their very own tackle the techniques and puzzles that fascinate him and soak up a lot of Chuck’s a variety of demanding situations to respond to brain-twisting "hypertheticals" or vintage moral quandaries that will come up if, say, Aristotle wandered behind the curtain at a Kiss live performance.

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In a world without tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease, dentistry would be a very lonely occupation. This plausible intuition opens the door for the majority to argue that, just as no one goes to the dentist for the fun of it, no one does the morally correct thing for its own sake. That is, if you or I could lead an unjust or immoral life without ever having to worry about paying the price for our misdeeds, it would seem irrational for us to behave justly. If we enjoyed the kind of freedom that Henry Hill enjoyed, why not lie, steal, and cheat?

However, it is not identical to the rational class because “one can see it [spirit] even in small children: they are full of spirit right from birth, but for rational calculation, some of them seem never to possess it, while the masses do so quite late” (441b). Plato’s analogy between the guardians and the spirited element is this: just as the guardians (police, national guard, army) are to act as the brave and loyal agents of the rulers, the spirited element is to provide us the courage to do as reason demands.

The Goodfellas characters (including Paulie) are examples of the former, and Glaucon’s perfectly just man who seems unjust is an example of the latter. Consequently, Plato is committed Goodfellas, Gyges, and the Good Life 47 to the position that one can be mistaken about being happy. The possibility of error here is grounded in his belief that genuine happiness is a state of being and not necessarily a psychological state. Plato doesn’t argue that being optimally healthy necessarily produces more pleasure than a life of pleasure seeking.

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