After watching more than hundred monotonous episodes of HOUSE M.D., I still find Dr. Gregory House one of the most challenging and a bit complex protagonist/antagonist of all the television shows I have watched. Believe me, that’s what I have been doing on New Year’s Eve. Reading it.
House, if one closely observes, can be of those influential characters in the life of a curious person. Characters that would stick with you. Another one would be, Sherlock Holmes.
House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies, edited by Henry Jacoby is a collection of essays in the series created by Bill Irwin of philosophical examinations of various popular, even iconic television shows or films. The series explores a range of shows from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the function of superheroes in our culture to animated series like South Park.
The content varies from literary analysis to arguments presenting which philosophical perspectives the character of House espouses. With respect to the individual scholars, the quality of the content of these essays varies dramatically. For example, there is one essay that discusses in-depth about the inspiration of the character of House from the character of Sherlock Holmes, points out fascinating correlations between House’s television program and the literary world of Doyle, and proves that ‘Dr. Gregory House’ the name is derived from the main characters of Conan Doyle’s The Study in Scarlett. Another one discusses House’s presentation of Sartre’s philosophy, and an entire section of the book discusses the ethics of the physicians in the show as they correspond to accepted medical ethics in the ‘real world’. Other essays leave you flipping pages quickly to reach the end of the them because they lack all credibility.
The philosophy isn’t presented at a deep academic level, but rather in a well-balanced style. The language is accessible, and overall the book goes by very quickly once you begin.
As I aforesaid about the show being monotonous, yes it is if you watch it back-to-back you will notice that there isn’t much except few glimpses from the lives of all other characters’ and their lives being planetary about Gregory House. There is something about the character of Gregory House which is undoubtedly attractive to a viewer. As a viewer, that thing definitely motivates me to admire the character of Gregory House. The book, however, fails to attract my admiration.
2.5 out of 5!