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 stumbled on and rediscovered by means of generations of technology fiction lovers, even being followed as analyzing through the U.S. Marine Corps. Ender's video game and its sequels discover wealthy subject matters — the violence and cruelty of youngsters, the function of empathy in battle, and the stability of person dignity and the social reliable — with compelling parts of a coming-of-age tale.

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

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

Show description

Digital Exposure: Postmodern Postcapitalism

By Raphael Sassower

This publication 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 financial strength. additional, the place new electronic units provide the capability to precise freedom and produce approximately revolutions in addition they let for expanding probabilities for surveillance of voters. The electronic age and the present nation of the worldwide political economic climate are for this reason associated and targeting the promise of recent applied sciences with out finding them of their political buildings and associations or monetary realities will be deceptive and hazardous.

Show description

Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix

By Glenn Yeffeth

Containing many solutions to the questions posed via the 1st 'Matrix' movie, this e-book explores the frontiers of philosophy, expertise and non secular symbolism. It explores the big dilemmas the Wachowski brothers provided once they gave the motion picture its many layers of that means - fusing myriad philosophical and spiritual subject matters with futuristic technological know-how and expertise.

Show description

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles

By William Irwin, Gregory Bassham

A philosophical exploration of the complete seven-book Harry Potter series

Harry Potter has been heralded as probably the most well known booklet sequence of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the area of its final evil is among the many stuff that make this sequence detailed. The final Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking sequence and takes lovers again to Godric's hole to debate existence after demise, to think about what ethical reasoning drove Harry to settle on dying, and to discuss even if Sirius Black is a guy or a dog.

With ebook timed to coincide with the discharge of the motion picture Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this booklet often is the definitive consultant for all lovers seeking to take pleasure in the sequence on a deeper level.

  • Covers more than a few interesting subject matters resembling the redemption of Severus Snape, the facility of affection, and future within the wizarding world
  • Gives you a brand new viewpoint on Harry Potter characters, plot traces, and themes
  • Makes an ideal better half to the Harry Potter books and movies

Packed with attention-grabbing principles and insights, The final Harry Potter and Philosophy is a perfect significant other for someone drawn to unraveling the subtext and exploring the better concerns at paintings within the story.

Show description

Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Ted Richards

This number of incisive articles provides a number one staff of foreign philosophers a unfastened kick towards exploring the advanced and infrequently hidden contours of the area of football. What does it relatively suggest to be a fan (and why may still we count number Aristotle as one)? Why do nice gamers corresponding to Cristiano Ronaldo count number as nice artists (up there along Picasso, one writer argues)? From the ethics of refereeing to the metaphysics of bent (like Beckham) space-time, this publication indicates football enthusiasts and philosophy buffs alike new how one can get pleasure from and comprehend the world's favourite sport.

Show description

The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

By Robert Arp

American auteur Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams's genius for developing densely plotted scripts has gained him wide advertisement and significant luck in television exhibits comparable to Felicity (1998–2002), Emmy-nominated Alias (2001–2006), Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Lost (2004–2010), and the severely acclaimed Fringe (2008–2013). furthermore, his path in motion pictures corresponding to Cloverfield (2008), Super 8 (2011), and the hot Mission Impossible and Star Trek motion pictures has left fanatics eagerly looking forward to his revival of the Star Wars franchise. As a author, director, manufacturer, and composer, Abrams seamlessly combines geek attraction with blockbuster instinct, leaving a particular stamp on all of his paintings and constructing him as considered one of Tinsel Town's so much influential visionaries.

In The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams, editors Patricia L. Brace and Robert Arp gather the 1st selection of essays to focus on the philosophical insights of the Hollywood giant's winning occupation. The filmmaker addresses a various diversity of issues in his onscreen ambitions, together with such matters as own identification in an more and more impersonal digitized international, the morality of terrorism, bioethics, friendship, relations legal responsibility, and loose will.

Utilizing Abrams's scope of labor as a touchstone, this accomplished quantity is a consultant for fanatics in addition to scholars of movie, media, and tradition. The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams is an important contribution to pop culture scholarship, drawing consciousness to the brain in the back of one of the most provocative tv and picture plots of our day.

Show description

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 techniques and the paintings of the foremost philosophers
  • With examples from movie, tv, and tune together with South Park, The Matrix , X-Men, Batman, Harry Potter, Metallica and Lost, even the main summary and intricate philosophical rules turn into more straightforward to understand
  • Features key essays from around the Blackwell Philosophy and dad Culture sequence, in addition to beneficial editorial fabric and a word list of philosophical phrases
  • From metaphysics to epistemology; from ethics to the which means of existence, this designated creation 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

Show description

Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown (Profiles in Popular Music)

Canadian innovative rock band Rush was once the voice of the suburban heart classification. during this booklet, Chris McDonald assesses the band’s effect on well known track and its legacy for legions of enthusiasts. McDonald explores the ways that Rush’s critique of suburban life—and its suggestions for escape—reflected middle-class aspirations and anxieties, whereas its performances manifested the dialectic in prog rock among self-discipline and austerity, and the will for spectacle and extra. The band’s reception mirrored the interior struggles of the center classification over cultural prestige. Critics cavalierly brushed off, or apologetically praised, Rush’s tune for its middlebrow leanings. McDonald's wide-ranging musical and cultural research sheds gentle on probably the most profitable and enduring rock bands of the Seventies and 1980s.

Show description

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

By Dana Thomas

As soon as luxurious used to be on hand merely to the rarefied and aristocratic global of previous cash and royalty. It provided a historical past of culture, improved caliber, and a pampered procuring adventure. this present day, notwithstanding, luxurious is just a product packaged and offered by means of multibillion-dollar international firms considering progress, visibility, model know-how, ads, and, exceptionally, gains. Award-winning journalist Dana Thomas digs deep into the darkish facet of the posh to discover the entire secrets and techniques that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don?t wish us to grasp. Deluxe is an uncompromising glance at the back of the modern façade that might enthrall a person drawn to type, finance, or tradition.

Show description