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Simpsons philosophy class offered at University of Glasgow

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When you think philosophy, you probably think about the likes of Aristotle, Kant, Marx, and Camus. But one Scottish university is introducing a new figure to the realm of philosophical thinking: Homer Simpson, America’s favorite bumbling cartoon patriarch.

The University of Glasgow is set to offer a one-day course called “D’Oh! The Simpsons Introduce Philosophy” early next year, where students will explore “some of philosophy’s most inspiring ideas as presented in Matt Groening’s monument to the absurdities of human existence,” according to the university’s website.

The course will be offered in a six-hour session on Jan. 21 and Feb. 4, taught by philosophy professor Dr. John Donaldson.

“Homer is a very complex character in many ways,” Donaldson told the BBC. “He’s very gluttonous, he can be quite violent and self-interested. But at the same time, he’s a character that’s not hard to like.”

Donaldson also told the outlet that students will discuss whether or not Homer could be considered virtuous by Aristotle’s standard.

The Simpsons is the longest-running sitcom in U.S. history, and is currently in its 28th season. It airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.