Some cartoon people are about to be used to give students an easy grounding in the art of philosophy, with a course titled "D’oh! The Simpsons Introduce Philosophy" ready to launch this January.
The University of Glasgow is offering the course alongside others that examine Nietzsche and Bertrand Russell, saying: "Aristotle, Kant, Marx, Camus, and many other great thinkers’ ideas are represented in what is arguably the purest of philosophical forms: the comic cartoon. This day-school will explore some of philosophy’s most inspiring ideas as presented in Matt Groening’s monument to the absurdities of human existence."
And it only costs £30 and lasts just a day, so is in keeping with Homer's modern form of lethargy and get-smart-quick schemes.
Philosophy tutor John Donaldson is organising the course, and explained: "Matt Groening, the man behind The Simpsons, was a student of philosophy, and that comes through in each episode. The Simpsons is a very sophisticated work of popular culture, with a broad scope and depth, and is full of philosophical themes." [University of Glasgow via Glasgow Live]