“Theoretical Puppets” use puppets of Deleuze and Foucault to discuss social theory and philosophy
Jennifer Sandlin, Boing Boing, May 10 2023.
[Editor: See the Theoretical Puppets category on this blog for all the Foucault related episodes]
If you’re a social theory and philosophy nerd who also loves puppets, have I got a YouTube channel for you—”Theoretical Puppets.” The folks who run the channel describe it like this: “Every month we release a new video and invite you to share our passion for puppets, social science and philosophy! Have fun!”
This isn’t just surface level analysis or a joke, though—whoever plays the puppets clearly has a deep knowledge of the work of the various puppet philosophers featured in their videos. The channel is heavy on French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault, so they’re clearly two of their favorites (and I’m just speculating here, but most likely the philosophers they studied in whatever humanities or social science graduate degree they probably hold). They’ve also made videos highlighting the work of Hannah Arendt, Bruno Latour, Sigmund Freud, Salvador Dali, Walter Benjamin, and more.