Ep. 125:  Philosophy of The Simpsons

Ep. 125: Philosophy of The Simpsons

Dr. John Donaldson

John Donaldson Square


The Simpsons has always intrigued me for several reasons. First of all, it is way smarter than people thought a cartoon could be. Secondly, it was the first television show that had really perfected the Easter Egg: Hidden jokes, messages, and meaning. One such layer is complex philosophical thought, which makes sense, since creator Matt Groening was a philosophy major.

This was not lost on Dr. John Donaldson who teaches philosophy at the University of Glasgow. He has created a college level course studying the underlining philosophical themes found in The Simpsons. We discuss several of these as well as some other heady topics such as my weird undergraduate philosophy professor, medical students practicing surgery on the game Operation, Marge as the moral center of the show, angry mobs & the rabble, as well as the reason why voting is important.

Links We Discussed

The Guardian’s Article on the Philosophy of the Simpsons

Additional Guest Information

Social Media







Dr. Donaldson’s Website

Dr. Donaldson at the University of Glasgow