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Presented at the McNeese State University Filmosophy Series (in conjunction with a screening of the Big Lebowski). Friday, February 20th, 2008.

Presented at the McNeese State University Filmosophy Series (in conjunction with a screening of the Big Lebowski). Friday, February 20th, 2008.

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  • 1. Dude-ism: Laziness As A Personal Ethos
  • 2. Joel and Ethan Cohen
  • 3. “ Quite possibly the laziest man in Los Angeles County”
  • 4. 4 Tenets of Dude-ism
    • Reality is inherently chaotic and purposeless
      • Tumbleweed
    • One should expend effort only on simple, short-term goals
      • Rug
  • 5. 4 Tenets of Dude-ism
    • Since one can do very little to affect the mixture of good and bad, one should accept life and be content.
      • “ Sometimes you eat the bear”
    • The purpose of life is to be as happy as possible in any situation
      • Detached amusement
  • 6. Laziness as a personal ethos
  • 7. “ We Believe in Nothing”
    • Nihilism
  • 8. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743–1819)
  • 9. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi
    • Critic of Secular Philosophy (Rationalism)
    • Knowledge based on rationality inevitably leads to relativity and nihilism
    • Advocated for faith in God as paramount for morality
  • 10. 3 Tenets of Nihilism
    • No standards to distinguish right from wrong
    • Life has no meaning, value, or purpose
    • Truth is mere illusion and ultimate knowledge is pointless
  • 11. “ Fair!? Who’s the f*cking nihilist around here, you bunch o’ f*cking crybabies!”
    • The nihilist values fairness and money
    • Nihilism is untenable
    • Suicide or delusion
  • 12. Dude-ism vs. Nihilism
    • He is not delusional or suicidal, he is apathetic
    • Values are created from what life gives him
      • a long bath
      • bowling
      • white russians
      • his rug
      • weed
  • 13. “ I'll suck your c*ck for a thousand dollars!”
    • Hedonism
  • 14. Aristippus of Cyrene (435 – 366 BCE)
  • 15. Aristippus of Cyrene (435 – 366 BCE)
    • The first of Socrates disciples to charge for his teaching
    • Founder of the Cyrenaic school of philosophy
    • Celebrated sensual delight over intellectual
  • 16. Hedonism
    • The body naturally avoids pain and seeks pleasure
    • Therefore, that which causes pain is morally wrong
    • That which causes pleasure is morally good
  • 17. “ It is called satryiasis in men, nymphomania in women – who engage in sex compulsively and without joy”
    • Excess
    • Desensitization and addiction
    • Expensive
  • 18. Dude-ism vs. Hedonism
    • Too apathetic to fall into excess
    • Derives pleasure from leisure
    • Simple tastes require no money
  • 19. “ The bums will always lose!”
    • Objectivism
  • 20. Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982)
  • 21. Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982)
    • Grew up during the Russian Revolution of 1917
    • Family property and finances confiscated by the Bolsheviks
    • Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged
  • 22. Objectivism
    • Rugged Individualism
    • Man as a heroic being, with productive achievement as his noblest activity
    • The individual must exist for his own sake… neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself.
  • 23. “ My father's weakness is vanity, hence the slut”
    • Self-interest ignores the contributions of others
    • Big Lebowski inherited his wealth
    • Steals from the Little Lebowski Urban Achievers
  • 24. Dude-ism vs. Objectivism
    • Man as a heroic being, with laziness as his noblest activity
    • Achievement is okay if it happens
      • Bowling league
    • He gets his rug
  • 25. “ Smokey, this is not ‘Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.”
    • Duty-Based Morality
  • 26. Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804)
  • 27. Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804)
    • German Philosopher
    • Human mind could apprehend an objective reality outside of human experience through reason
    • Groundwork for the Metaphysic of Morals
  • 28. Categorical Imperative
    • An action is morally good only if everyone else should act the same way
    • Example: Breaking an oath
    • “ Over the line!”
  • 29. “ You’re not wrong, Walter. You’re just an a**hole.”
    • Is everything universalized?
    • Allowing a minor transgression will not destroy the bowling league
    • Duty is work. It is easier to forgive
  • 30. Dude-ism vs. Rule-Based
    • There are no universals, life just happens
    • Blind adherence to rules causes unhappiness
    • Through apathy comes forgiveness
  • 31. The virtue of laziness
    • Values something (nihilism)
    • But not to excesss (hedonism)
    • And not for individual gain (objectivism)
    • Doesn’t expect others to value laziness (rule-based morality)
  • 32. Dude-ism: “Takin’ ‘er easy for us sinners”