Charlie Rose has called Louis C.K. the philosopher-king of comedy,GÇ¥ and many have detected philosophical profundity in his material.
Twenty-five philosophers examine the wisdom of Louis C.K. from a variety of philosophical perspectives. The chapters draw upon C.K.GÇÖs standup comedy, the show Louie, and C.K.GÇÖs other writings.
One writer looks at the different meanings of C.K.GÇÖs statement, YouGÇÖre gonna be dead way longer than you were alive.GÇ¥ One chapter shows the affinity of C.K.GÇÖs sick of living this bullshit lifeGÇ¥ with KierkegaardGÇÖs sickness unto death.GÇ¥ Another pursues LouisGÇÖs thought that we may by our lack of moral concern live a really evil life without thinking about it.GÇ¥
C.K.'s insistence that things that are not canGÇÖt beGÇ¥ points to the philosophical problem of nothingness in relation to being. His religion is apathetic agnostic,GÇ¥ conveyed in his thought experiment that God began work in 1982. LouisGÇÖs argument that you can have the kind of body you want if you make yourself want a disgusting, shitty body, is the Stoic ethics of Epictetus. And, as C.K. has shown in so many ways, the fact that weGÇÖre soon going to die has its funny side.