Is abiding a virtue? Does Walters aggression illustrate the principles of just war theory? Does bowling help Donny, Walter, and the Dude resist nihilism?
Does the Dude exemplify the Taoist way of life? Is the Dude a feminist ally? In the morally corrupt world of The Big Lebowski, the Dude emerges as a beacon of integrity, authenticity, and virtue.
He is a philosophers hero who struggles to live the good life in spite of assault, rug peeing, an apparent kidnapping, and the death of a friendand The Big Lebowski and Philosophy unpacks the deeper meaning of it all. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato, Nietzsche, Aristotle, Gdel, Derrida, Freud, Wittgenstein, and Epicurus, the book explores the Dudes pacifism and Walters warrior instincts, the class war between unemployed bums and capitalist achievers, and how leisure is an essential part of our human existence. Read this book and youll know why The Big Lebowski is one of the greatest existentialist movies of all time.
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