Twenty-five philosophers examine the wisdom of Louis C.K. from a variety of philosophical perspectives. The chapters draw upon C.K.‚Äôs standup comedy, the show Louie, and C.K.‚Äôs other writings.
One writer looks at the different meanings of C.K.‚Äôs statement, ¬ìYou‚Äôre gonna be dead way longer than you were alive.‚Äù One chapter shows the affinity of C.K.‚Äôs ¬ìsick of living this bullshit life‚Äù with Kierkegaard‚Äôs ¬ìsickness unto death.‚Äù Another pursues Louis‚Äôs thought that we may by our lack of moral concern ¬ìlive a really evil life without thinking about it.‚Äù
C.K.’s insistence that ¬ìthings that are not can‚Äôt be‚Äù points to the philosophical problem of nothingness in relation to being. His religion is ¬ìapathetic agnostic,‚Äù conveyed in his thought experiment that God began work in 1982. Louis‚Äôs argument that you can have the kind of body you want if you make yourself want a disgusting, shitty body, is the Stoic ethics of Epictetus. And, as C.K. has shown in so many ways, the fact that we‚Äôre soon going to die has its funny side.
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