We have studied three disciplines through the Simpsons theme: religious studies, philosophy, and psychology. In a well-crafted piece, choose three of the most important lessons you learned from each unit (totaling 9) to reflect upon in the essay. You must cite the readings for support. Write well!
Philosophy: Aristotle, anti-intellectualism, silence, Eastern vs. Western philosophies, moral motivation, Nietzsche, allusion, parody, hyper-irony, the meaning of life, sexual politics, Kant, atomistic politics and the nuclear family, hypocrisy, Satan & happiness, neighborly love, the function of fiction, heuristic value the Simpsons, Marxism, Barthes, Schopenhauer, Heidegger, ethics, moral inquiry, Kohlberg, deontology, sources of ethical standards: utilitarian, rights, fairness or justice, common good, virtues and decision making, teleology, and virtues.
Psychology: Positive Psychology, Flow, obedience to authority, Fromm, Milgram, the power of situations, group think, opinions and social pressure, The Stanford Prison Experiment and Zimbardo, family systems, family roles, family rules, parenting, interdependence theory, marital relationships, pop psychology, the discourse of sanity and normativity, working memory, cognitive psychology, the mind, the brain, the soul, substance abuse, alcoholic family systems, substance dependence, codependence, effect of the environment on the psyche, femininity, power, anger, and emotions.
Religious Studies: divine imagery, personal prayer, evangelicalism, the church and the preacher, Heaven, Hell, the Devil, moral dilemmas, The Bible, Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, gay marriage, one’s true beliefs, the sacred, and the profane.
There may be something that is not covered in the above list that impacted you from the class materials or discussions. Feel free to incorporate what you feel were the most important lessons. There just must be three for each discipline.