Let Gilligan's Island teach you about situational ethics. Learn about epistemology from The Brady Bunch. Explore Aristotle's Poetics by watching 24.
Television has grappled with a wide range of philosophical conundrums. According to the networks, it's the ultimate source of all knowledge in the universe! So why not look to the small screen for answers to all of humanity's dilemmas?
There's not a single issue discussed by the great thinkers of the past that hasn't been hashed out between commercials in shows like Mad Men and Leave It to Beaver. So fix yourself a snack, settle into the couch, grab the remote...and prepare to be enlightened.
Peter Archer is the author of The Quotable Intellectual and 500 Foreign Words and Phrases You Should Know to Sound Smart. He received an MA in history from the University of Toledo and an MLlitt in medieval history from the University of St. Andrews, where he wrote his thesis on the writings of St. Bede. He also taught courses on history, humanities, and philosophy at Eastern New Mexico University.