Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, Hume to House

By William Irwin, David Kyle Johnson

What can South Park let us know approximately Socrates and the character of evil? How does The Office support us to appreciate Sartre and existentialist ethics? Can Battlestar Galactica make clear the life of God?

  • Introducing Philosophy via Pop Culture makes use of pop culture to demonstrate very important philosophical options and the paintings of the key philosophers
  • With examples from movie, tv, and song together with South Park, The Matrix , X-Men, Batman, Harry Potter, Metallica and Lost, even the main summary and intricate philosophical principles develop into more straightforward to know
  • Features key essays from around the Blackwell Philosophy and pa Culture sequence, in addition to precious editorial fabric and a word list of philosophical phrases
  • From metaphysics to epistemology; from ethics to the which means of lifestyles, this designated advent makes philosophy as enticing as pop culture itself
  • Supplementary site to be had with instructing publications, pattern fabrics and hyperlinks to extra assets at www.pop-philosophy.org

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Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

In a online game the place gamers are anticipated to name their very own consequences and scoring the least issues results in victory, decorum takes priority over showmanship and philosophical questions develop into par for the direction. Few different activities are as suited to moral and metaphysical exam as golfing. it's a online game outlined by means of dichotomies―relaxing, but problematical, social, but solitary―and among those extremes there's room for a lot philosophical inquiry.

In Golf and Philosophy: classes from the Links, a clubhouse jam-packed with expert members tee off on quite a number philosophical issues in the framework of the golf green. The book's chapters are prepared within the kind of an eighteen-hole golfing path, with front 9 exploring moral issues of rationality and social civility in a global of ethical dangers and roughs. The again 9 pries even deeper, cutting into issues of the metaphysical, together with chapters on mysticism, idealism, id, and that means.

Taken jointly, the gathering examines the highbrow nature of this liked hobby, contemplating the numerous nuances of a recreation that calls for excessive degrees of focus, endurance, and consistency, in addition to upstanding ethical personality. Golf and Philosophy celebrates the fun and complexities of the sport, demonstrating that golfing has a lot to coach either its spectators and individuals approximately sleek existence.

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Ender's Game and Philosophy: Genocide Is Child's Play (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By D. E. Wittkower, Lucinda Rush

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s award-winning 1985 novel, has been found and rediscovered through generations of technological know-how fiction lovers, even being followed as examining by means of the U.S. Marine Corps. Ender's video game and its sequels discover wealthy issues — the violence and cruelty of kids, the function of empathy in struggle, and the stability of person dignity and the social stable — with compelling components of a coming-of-age tale.

Ender’s online game and Philosophy brings jointly over 30 philosophers to interact in wide-ranging dialogue on matters akin to: the justifiability of pre-emptive moves; how Ender’s disconnected and dispassionate violence is reflected in today’s drone struggle; even if the tip of saving the species can justify the main brutal potential; the justifiability of lies and deception in wartime, and the way army faculties produce education in advantage.

The authors of Ender’s video game and Philosophy problem readers to confront the demanding situations that Ender’s video game provides, bringing new insights to the assumption of a simply warfare, the virtues of the soldier, the character of early life, and the intense paintings of enjoying games.(less)

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Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan

By Frederik L. Schodt

How Japan, after 250 years of self--imposed isolation, started the method of modernization is partially the tale of Ranald MacDonald. In 1848 this half-Scot, half-Chinook adventurer from the Pacific Northwest landed on an island off Hokkaido. even though swiftly arrested and imprisoned for seven months in Nagasaki, the clever, well-educated MacDonald involved the japanese and have become one in all their first lecturers of English and Western methods. in keeping with fundamental learn in Japan and North the United States, this e-book chronicles the occasions resulting in MacDonald’s trip and his later fight to acquire acceptance at home.

Frederik L. Schodt has written generally on Japan, together with America and the 4 Japans and Inside the robotic Kingdom. Fluent in spoken and written eastern, he lives in San Francisco. In 2009 he was once obtained the The Order of the emerging sunlight, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the creation and promoting of eastern modern well known culture.

"Schodt's account of MacDonald's lifestyles and his eventual trip to Japan is depicted with the accuracy of a educated educational and the thrill of a skillful novelist." -- Kyoto Journal

 

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Digital Exposure: Postmodern Postcapitalism

By Raphael Sassower

This booklet explores electronic applied sciences from a particular postmodern viewpoint. opposite to universal trust, Sassower argues that electronic applied sciences have allowed for the centralization of monetary strength. extra, the place new electronic units supply the capability to precise freedom and convey approximately revolutions in addition they let for expanding probabilities for surveillance of voters. The electronic age and the present kingdom of the worldwide political financial system are as a result associated and targeting the promise of recent applied sciences with no finding them of their political constructions and associations or financial realities might be deceptive and unsafe.

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Popular Cinema of the Third Reich

By Sabine Hake

Too frequently pushed aside as escapist leisure or vilified as mass manipulation, renowned cinema within the 3rd Reich used to be actually sustained by means of well-established common conventions, cultural traditions, aesthetic sensibilities, social practices, and a hugely constructed superstar system—not not like its Hollywood counterpart within the Thirties. This pathfinding examine contributes to the continuing reassessment of 3rd Reich cinema via analyzing it as a social, cultural, monetary, and political perform that frequently conflicted with, contradicted, and compromised the intentions of the Propaganda Ministry. however, through delivering the semblance of a public sphere possibly freed from politics, well known cinema helped to maintain the Nazi regime, specially throughout the battle years.

Rather than reading 3rd Reich cinema via overdetermined different types comparable to propaganda, ideology, or fascist aesthetics, Sabine Hake concentrates at the constituent parts shared through preferred cinemas: well-known stars, administrators, and studios; motion picture audiences and exhibition practices; renowned genres and new traits in set layout; the reception of overseas movies; the position of movie feedback; and the illustration of girls. She can pay precise recognition to the compelled coordination of the in 1933, the altering calls for on cinema through the battle years, and a few of the methods of coming to phrases with those filmic legacies after the conflict. all through, Hake's findings underscore the continuities between Weimar, 3rd Reich, and post-1945 West German cinema. in addition they emphasize the codevelopment of German and different nationwide cinemas, specifically the dominant Hollywood model.

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Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

By William Irwin

Discover the philosophical depths of Batman, Superman, Captain the US, and your different favourite superheroes—FOR FREE!

Behind the cool costumes, distinct powers, and unflagging selection to struggle evil you’ll locate interesting philosophical questions and matters deep within the hearts and minds of your favourite comedian booklet heroes.

Why doesn't Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's distress? Does Peter Parker have an excellent existence? What can Iron guy educate us concerning the position of expertise in society? Bringing jointly key chapters from books within the Blackwell Philosophy and dad tradition sequence, this unfastened superhero sampler engages the highbrow may perhaps of huge thinkers like Aristotle and Kant to respond to those questions and so on, supplying you with new insights on every thing from no matter if Superman is actually an American icon as to whether Wolverine is similar individual whilst he loses his memory.
Features particular bonus content material: all-new chapters on Captain the US and Thor
Gives you a sneak peek at upcoming books: Avengers and Philosophy, Spider-Man and Philosophy, and Superman and Philosophy
Includes superheroes from either the DC and surprise universes: the Avengers, Batman, Captain the USA, eco-friendly Lantern, Iron guy, Spider-Man, Superman, Thor, Watchmen, and the X-Men
Gives you an ideal creation to the Blackwell Philosophy and pa tradition sequence

Whether you're trying to find solutions or trying to find enjoyable, this vintage compilation will retailer the day by means of assisting you achieve a deeper appreciation of your favourite comics with an creation to easy philosophical principles.

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The Law of Superheroes

By James Daily, Ryan Davidson

An fascinating and interesting examine how America’s felony process might paintings utilizing the realm of comedian books.

Two courageous heroes tackle the comedian multiverse, wielding the best superpower of all: the law.

James day-by-day and Ryan Davidson—attorneys via day, comedian fanatics all the time, and founders of the preferred site lawandthemultiverse.com—have basically stumbled on their vocation, exploring the hypothetical felony ramifications of comedian publication tropes, characters, and powers right down to the main deliciously trivial detail.

The legislations of Superheroes asks and solutions the most important speculative questions on every thing from constitutional legislation and felony technique to taxation, highbrow estate, and torts, including:

  • Could Superman sue if an individual uncovered his actual identification as Clark Kent?
  • Are individuals of the Legion of Doom prone to prosecution below RICO?
  • Do the heirs of a superhero who comes again from the useless get to maintain their inherited estate after their family member is resurrected?
  • Does it represent “cruel and strange punishment” to condemn an immortal like Apocalypse to existence in felony with no the potential of parole?

Engaging, available, and delightfully academic, The legislations of Superheroes is a must have for felony specialists, comedian nerds, and somebody who will ever be referred to as upon to perform legislations within the comedian multiverse.

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Roald Dahl and Philosophy: A Little Nonsense Now and Then

By John V. Karavitis

For generations the weather of humor, poignancy, delusion, and unfettered morality discovered inside acclaimed children’s writer Roald Dahl’s most famed stories have captivated either young children and adults. Classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the large Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, and The BFG may possibly at the beginning seem to be yarns spun for the entertainment of the adolescent brain, notwithstanding, upon digging deeper one uncovers a treasure trove of philosophical richness that's something yet infantile, yet actually finds the genuine existential weight, and multi-layered which means of a few of our favourite children’s tales. Editor Jacob M. Held has accrued the insights of today’s best philosophers into the significances, messages, and larger truths at which Dahl’s rhythmic writing winks, revealing a complete new option to take pleasure in the construction of a guy and brain to which readers of every age are nonetheless drawn.

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Planet of the Apes and Philosophy: Great Apes Think Alike (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By John Huss

What makes people diversified from different animals, what people are entitled to do to different species, even if time trip is feasible, what limits might be put on technological know-how and know-how, the morality and practicality of genetic engineering?these are only a number of the philosophical difficulties raised by means of Planet of the Apes.
Planet of the Apes and Philosophy seems to be in any respect the deeper matters excited about the Planet of the Apes tales. It covers the complete franchise, from Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel Monkey Planet to the profitable 2012 reboot upward thrust of the Planet of the Apes. The chapters mirror diversified issues of view, philosophical, non secular, and scientific.
The moral kinfolk of people with animals are explored in numerous chapters, with unique and incisive observations on animal intelligence, animal rights, and human-animal interplay. Genetic engineering is altering people, animals, and vegetation, elevating new questions on the morality of such interventions. The medical acceptance that people and chimps percentage ninety nine percentage in their genes makes a destiny within which non-human animals collect higher significance a special possibility.
Planet of the Apes is the main resonant of all clinical apocalypse myths.

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