Leo Strauss in South Park: Political Philosophy meets Popular Culture

Alexander Pavlov, PhD in Law, researcher at the Center Fundamental Sociology HSE, who is widely published on the popular culture and philosophy, cinema and postmodernism, carried out our latest open seminar. He devoted his lecture On the 11th March an open seminar Leo Strauss in South Park: Political Philosophy meets Popular Culture to popular cartoons such as The Simpsons, The Family Guy, South Park as well as popular sitcoms e.g. Breaking Bad. 

The world is changing, and changing attitudes to pop culture. It is only recently that academic researchers have paid attention to the category phenomenon of popular culture. The synthesis of political philosophy and contemporary pop culture forms hasve a fairly quaint form, for example - the bestsellers written by the serious scholars "Theory of International Politics and Zombies" by (D. Dresner ) or "The Simpsons as philosophy". Similar a synthesis suggests that a political philosophy can successfully find a new life in popular culture.