Most of us would agree that we are who we are. But could it also be said that we are who we think we are? Is that not a contradiction, or is it also inherently true? These are just a few of the questions explored in The Office and Philosophy, a series of essays that use examples from The Office â both the Emmy Award-winning NBC series, as well as the BBC series (created by Ricky Gervais) on which it is based â to explore timeless philosophical questions. Edited by Jeremy Wisnewski, assistant professor of philosophy at Harwick College in New York, itâs the latest in a series of books by Wiley-Blackwell that uses popular movies and TV shows as a vehicle to introduce philosophy. With The Office having recently aired its season finale, itâs a fun way to look back at previous episodes until the show returns in the fall. I recently chatted by phone with Wisnewski about the book; click to read our conversation.
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