Lazy, stupid, glutton. These are the words that come to us when we try to describe the patriarch of the Simpson family. Yet Homer Simpson seems for some to be a truly complex character. At least that’s what believes a professor at Glasgow university, Dr John Donaldson. This philosophy teacher offers a new course on the universe of the Simpsons. The course is called “D’oh ! The Simpsons introduce philosophy”. The course will focus in particular on the character of Homer Simpson and his many philosophical reflections cleverly concealed.
“(Homer) is very gluttonous, he can be quite violent and self-interested. But at the same time he’s a character that’s hard not to like,” said Dr. Donaldson to the BBC, adding that “he’s open to doing the right thing and he’s a faithful family man.” A true cartoon fan, broadcast since 1989, he noticed that many philosophical notions were present in the episodes. It is even written that the ideas of the greatest thinkers of this world, such as Aristotle, Kant or Camus, are represented through this cartoon, well hidden behind the stupidity and the jokes of Homer. The theory of the teacher is not that crazy, knowing that the creator of the series, Matt Groening, studied philosophy. This mixture of lightness and seriousness is undoubtedly what made the Simpsons so famous. In early November, the Fox announced that the cartoon had been renewed for a 29th and 30th season. A record of longevity.
Manon Anger, 3E