House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies

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An unauthorized look at the philosophical issues raised by one of today's most popular television shows: House

House is one of the top three television dramas on the air, pulling in more than 19 million viewers for each episode. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series takes a deeper look at the characters and issues raised in this Emmy Award-winning medical drama, offering entertaining answers to the fascinating ethical questions viewers have about Dr. Gregory House and his medical team.

Henry Jacoby (Goldsboro, NC) teaches philosophy at East Carolina University. He has published articles primarily on the philosophy of mind and was a contributor to South Park and Philosophy

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470316608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470316603
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

My Students Have Responded with Enthusism!

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 21, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This is an excellent collection of essays with multiple perspectives on the enigmatic, complex, offensive, and fascinating Gregory House, M.D. I have used it with an English Composition class I teach at City College of San Francisco on Writing about Popular Culture and students have responded quite enthusiastically to some of the essays.

Interesting essays, could have used a larger scope (Kindle edition)

One person found this helpful.
 on May 23, 2010
By Esse
This was another solid entry in the Pop Culture and Philosophy series. There were several particularly strong essays, including individual essays discussing Cameron’s ethics of care, the inherent selfishness of House and Wilson’s friendship, and several essays examining House’s disregard of patient consent and autonomy. However, many of the essays seemed to cover content from the same handful of episodes and many also reiterated the same basic philosophical concepts (i.e., utilitarianism and the Socratic method). It seems as though a stronger editor could have better controlled introduction of those topics and excised the repetitive content of multiple essays. Additionally, this was seemingly written before the bulk of season 5 aired so there isn’t much content addressing the role of the new fellows. Still, I found this a worthwhile read.

Four Stars

 on May 21, 2017
By stlgary
Love anything House

Five Stars

 on August 31, 2017
By ulhwa jenkins

A review from a big House fan

One person found this helpful.
 on July 20, 2016
By Craig McCarter
This is one of the greatest things that I have ever bought.


One person found this helpful.
 on February 22, 2015
By Lizzythegeek
I was a philosophy major and I love this series of books!! I bought this as a gift and then also read it myself. I loved it and so did the giftee.


One person found this helpful.
 on January 17, 2015
By Linda Bee
HEY! Here’s Hugh again in black and white!

Great parable

One person found this helpful.
 on June 11, 2014
By Brian Soulard
Helps you understand House. First philosophy book that doesn’t push opinions, but rather explains his logic and interactions. Good read.

Sehr gut!

10 people found this helpful.
 on January 17, 2009
By Brain Buff
This is a very interesting book. For anyone who is a fan of House, and is interested in the workds of people such as Freidrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, or nihilist and existentialist philosophy in general, or eastern philosophy like Taoism will find this a very good read.

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