The Hobbit and Philosophy

For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way

Author: Gregory Bassham,Eric Bronson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118233891

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic—just in time for the December 2012 release of Peter Jackson's new film adaptation, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the best-loved fantasy books of all time and the enchanting "prequel" to The Lord of the Rings. With the help of some of history's great philosophers, this book ponders a host of deep questions raised in this timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply "nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things" that "make you late for dinner," or are they exciting and potentially life-changing events? What duties do friends have to one another? Should mercy be extended even to those who deserve to die? Gives you new insights into The Hobbit's central characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorin and their exploits, from the Shire through Mirkwood to the Lonely Mountain Explores key questions about The Hobbit's story and themes, including: Was the Arkenstone really Bilbo's to give? How should Smaug's treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his "beautiful golden harp" at Bag-End when he headed out into the Wild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?) Draws on the insights of some of the world's deepest thinkers, from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, William Blake, and contemporary American philosopher Thomas Nagel From the happy halls of Elrond's Last Homely House to Gollum's "slimy island of rock," this is a must read for longtime Tolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and his adventures "there and back again" for the first time.

Die Philosophie bei "Game of Thrones"

Das Lied von Eis und Feuer: Macht, Moral, Intrigen

Author: Henry Jacoby

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527690700

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Wenn eine Geschichte jemals nach einer philosophischen Betrachtung verlangt hat, dann ist es "Das Lied von Eis und Feuer". Denn nie waren Intrigen, Politik und Macht komplexer und spannender miteinander verstrickt als in diesem Fantasy-Epos. George R. R. Martin lehnt die klassische Rollenaufteilung von Protagonisten gegen Antagonisten ab. Gerade weil es in dieser Geschichte keine klassische Unterteilung in Gut und B?se gibt, ist eine philosophische Untersuchung der Beweggr?nde der Personen f?r ihr Handeln interessant. Ist Familie oder Rache wichtiger? Wer sollte die Sieben K?nigreiche regieren? Darf man um der Ehre willen einen Krieg riskieren? Warum sollte der Gewinner des Throns noch moralisch handeln? "Die Philosophie bei Game of Thrones" beantwortet all diese Fragen mit Hilfe der Theorien von Aristoteles, Plato, Descartes und Machiavelli. Das Buch eignet sich hervorragend als Einf?hrung in die verschiedenen philosophischen Theorien und gibt einen tieferen Einblick in die Welt von Game of Thrones.

The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy

One Book to Rule Them All

Author: Gregory Bassham,Eric Bronson

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812698061

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

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The Lord of the Rings is intended to be applicable to the real world of relationships, religion, pleasure, pain, and politics. Tolkien himself said that his grand tale of wizards, orcs, hobbits, and elves was aimed at truth and good morals in the actual world. Analysis of the popular appeal of The Lord of the Rings (on websites and elsewhere) shows that Tolkien fans are hungry for discussion of the urgent moral and cosmological issues arising out of this fantastic epic story. Can political power be wielded for good, or must it always corrupt? Does technology destroy the truly human? Is it morally wrong to give up hope? Can we find meaning in chance events? In The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy, seventeen young philosophy professors, all of them ardent Tolkien fans and most of them contributors to the four earlier volumes in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series, address some of these important issues and show how clues to their solutions may be found in the imaginary world of Middle-earth. The book is divided into five sections, concerned with Power and the Ring, the Quest for Happiness, Good and Evil in Middle-earth, Time and Mortality, and the Relevance

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy

Hogwarts for Muggles

Author: William Irwin,Gregory Bassham

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470627358

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book HarryPotter series Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popularbook series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry,Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil isone of the many things that make this series special. TheUltimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles inJ.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back toGodric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moralreasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether SiriusBlack is a man or a dog. With publication timed to coincide with the release of the movieHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this bookwill be the definitive guide for all fans looking to appreciate theseries on a deeper level. Covers a range of intriguing topics such as the redemption ofSeverus Snape, the power of love, and destiny in the wizardingworld Gives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters,plot lines, and themes Makes a perfect companion to the Harry Potter books andmovies Packed with interesting ideas and insights, The UltimateHarry Potter and Philosophy is an ideal companion for anyoneinterested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greaterissues at work in the story.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy

Everything Is Fire

Author: Eric Bronson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118132939

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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The essential companion to Stieg Larsson's bestselling trilogy and director David Fincher's 2011 film adaptation Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest—is an international phenomenon. These books express Larsson's lifelong war against injustice, his ethical beliefs, and his deep concern for women's rights. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy probes the compelling philosophical issues behind the entire trilogy. What philosophies do Lisbeth Salander and Kant have in common? To catch a criminal, can Lisbeth and Mikael be criminals themselves? Can revenge be ethical? Drawing on some of history's greatest philosophical minds, this book gives fresh insights into Larsson's ingeniously plotted tale of crime and corruption. Looks at compelling philosophical issues such as a feminist reading of Lisbeth Salander, Aristotelian arguments for why we love revenge, how Kant can explain why so many women sleep with Mikael Blomkvist, and many more Includes a chapter from a colleague of Larsson's—who worked with him in anti-Nazi activities—that explores Larsson's philosophical views on skepticism and quotes from never-before-seen correspondence with Larsson Offers new insights into the novels' key characters, including Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and investigates the author, Stieg Larsson As engrossing as the quest to free Lisbeth Salander from her past, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy is ideal reading for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues at work in the story.

Die Philosophie bei "Der Hobbit"

Mit Bilbo, Gandalf und Thorin auf abenteuerlicher Suche

Author: Gregory Bassham

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527507124

Category:

Page: 276

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Das Buch "Der kleine Hobbit" gilt als Vorläufer der wichtigsten Fantasy-Bücher aller Zeiten - den drei Bänden von "Der Herr der Ringe". Mit diesem Buch über die Abenteuer des Hobbits Bilbo Beutlin, zusammen mit 13 Zwergen und dem Zauberer Gandalf, schuf J.R.R. Tolkien schon jene Fantasiewelt, die uns alle später beim "Herrn der Ringe" nachhaltig beeindruckte. Elben, Trolle, Orks und ein Drache halten kleine und große Leser schon seit Jahren in Atem. Man stelle sich folgende Geschichte vor: Ein Mensch wohnt in einer Höhle und lebt dort ein ruhiges, geordnetes und unaufgeregtes Leben, das schon seit Geburt an in den gleichen Bahnen verläuft. Eines Tages verlässt der Mensch seine Höhle und geht hinaus in die Welt. Dort sieht und erfährt er Dinge, die ihn nachhaltig verändern und reifen lassen. Er wird nach dieser Reise nie wieder derselbe sein wie vorher. Es ist nicht ungewöhnlich, wenn das bekannt klingt: Es handelt sich dabei um Platons Höhlengleichnis - eines der wichtigsten Gleichnisse bzw. Beispiele der Philosophie, genauer der Erkenntnistheorie. Die Handlung passt aber auch genau auf die Geschichte eines anderen Autors: J.R.R. Tolkien und sein Buch "Der kleine Hobbit". Auch hier verlässt eine Person (der Hobbit Bilbo Beutlin) die sichere und geordnete Umgebung des Auenlandes und zieht in die Welt hinaus. Diese abenteuerliche Reise wird ihn verändern und - wie wir alle wissen - mit dem Fund des EINEN Ringes für Mittelerde weitere große Folgen nach sich ziehen. Es ergibt also Sinn, den "kleinen Hobbit" mit seinen Inhalten unter der philosophischen Linse zu betrachten. Es ist nicht nur eine Kindergeschichte, sondern eine Auseinandersetzung mit Werten wie Mut, Freundschaft, Demut, Gnade und Weisheit - um nur einige zu nennen.

The Hobbit Party

The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot

Author: Jay Richards,Jonathan Witt

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1586178237

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Anyone who has read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings can gather that their author hated tyranny, but few know that the novelist who once described himself as a hobbit Òin all but sizeÓ wasÑeven by hobbit standardsÑa zealous proponent of economic freedom and small government. There is a growing concern among many that the West is sliding into political, economic, and moral bankruptcy. In his beloved novels of Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien has drawn us a map to freedom. Scholar Joseph Pearce, who himself has written articles and chapters on the political significance of TolkienÕs work, testified in his book Literary Giants, Literary Catholics, ÒIf much has been written on the religious significance of The Lord of the Rings, less has been written on its political significanceÑand the little that has been written is often erroneous in its conclusions and ignorant of TolkienÕs intentionsÉ. Much more work is needed in this area, not least because Tolkien stated, implicitly at least, that the political significance of the work was second only to the religious in its importance.Ó Several books ably explore how TolkienÕs Catholic faith informed his fiction. None until now have centered on how his passion for liberty and limited government also shaped his work, or how this passion grew directly from his theological vision of man and creation. The Hobbit Party fills this void. The few existing pieces that do focus on the subject are mostly written by scholars with little or no formal training in literary analysis, and even less training in political economy. Witt and Richards bring to The Hobbit Party a combined expertise in literary studies, political theory, economics, philosophy, and theology.

The Simpsons and Philosophy

The D'Oh! of Homer (Large Print 16pt)

Author: William Irwin,Mark T. Conard,Aeon J. Skoble

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459601157

Category:

Page: 504

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The Simpsons is one of the most literary and intelligent comedies on television today - fertile ground for questions such as: Does Nietzsche justify Bart's bad behavior? Is hypocrisy always unethical? What is Lisa's conception of the Good? From the editor of and contributors to the widely-praised Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Simpsons and Philosophy is an insightful and humorous look at the philosophical tenets of America's favorite animated family that will delight Simpsons fans and philosophy aficionados alike. Twenty-one philosophers and academics discuss and debate the absurd, hyper-ironic, strangely familiar world that is Springfield, the town without a state. n exploring the thought of key philosophers including Aristotle, Marx, Camus, Sartre, Heidegger, and Kant through episode plots and the characters' antics, the contributors tackle issues like irony and the meaning of life, American anti-intellectualism, and existential rebellion. The volume also includes an episode guide and a chronology of philosophers which lists the names and dates of the major thinkers in the history of philosophy, accompanied by a representative quote from each. Contributors: David L.G. Arnold, Daniel Barwick, Eric Bronson, Paul A. Cantor, Mark T. Conard, Gerald J. Erion, Raja Halwani, Jason Holt, William Irwin, Kelley Dean Jolley, Deborah Knight, James Lawler, J.R. Lombardo, Carl Matheson, Jennifer L. McMahon, Aeon J. Skoble, Dale E. and James J. Snow, David Vessey, James J. Wallace, and Joseph A. Zeccardi ''Each essay provides a hilarious but incisive springboard to some aspect of philosophy. ''

Superheroes

The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture

Author: N.A

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118153472

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Explore the philosophical depths of Batman, Superman, Captain America, and your other favorite superheroes—FOR FREE! Behind the cool costumes, special powers, and unflagging determination to fight evil you’ll find fascinating philosophical questions and concerns deep in the hearts and minds of your favorite comic book heroes. Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone's misery? Does Peter Parker have a good life? What can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society? Bringing together key chapters from books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, this free superhero sampler engages the intellectual might of big thinkers like Aristotle and Kant to answer these questions and many others, giving you new insights on everything from whether Superman is truly an American icon to whether Wolverine is the same person when he loses his memory. Features exclusive bonus content: all-new chapters on Captain America and Thor Gives you a sneak peek at upcoming books: Avengers and Philosophy, Spider-Man and Philosophy, and Superman and Philosophy Includes superheroes from both the DC and Marvel universes: the Avengers, Batman, Captain America, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Superman, Thor, Watchmen, and the X-Men Gives you a perfect introduction to the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series (learn more at www.andphilosophy.com) FOR FREE! Whether you're looking for answers or looking for fun, this classic compilation will save the day by helping you gain a deeper appreciation of your favorite comics with an introduction to basic philosophical principles.

Twilight and Philosophy

Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality

Author: Rebecca Housel,J. Jeremy Wisnewski

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470554142

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 2004

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The first look at the philosophy behind Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight series Bella and Edward, and their family and friends, have faced countless dangers and philosophical dilemmas in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. This book is the first to explore them, drawing on the wisdom of philosophical heavyweights to answer essential questions such as: What do the struggles of "vegetarian" vampires who control their biological urge for human blood say about free will? Are vampires morally absolved if they kill only animals and not people? From a feminist perspective, is Edward a romantic hero or is he just a stalker? Is Jacob "better" for Bella than Edward? As absorbing as the Meyer novels themselves, Twilight and Philosophy: Gives you a new perspective on Twilight characters, storylines, and themes Helps you gain fresh insights into the Twilight novels and movies Features an irresistible combination of vampires, romance, and philosophy Twilight and Philosophy is a must-have companion for every Twilight fan, whether you're new to the series or have followed it since the beginning.

Ender's Game and Philosophy

Genocide Is Child's Play

Author: D. E. Wittkower,Lucinda Rush

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 081269841X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s award-winning 1985 novel, has been discovered and rediscovered by generations of science fiction fans and young adult readers, banned and challenged in schools, assigned in high school English classes, and adopted as reading by the US Marine Corps. Ender's Game and its sequels explores rich themes—the violence and cruelty of children, the role of empathy in war, and the balance of individual dignity and the social good—with compelling elements of a coming-of-age story and exciting and immersive battle scenes. Ender’s Game and Philosophy brings together over thirty philosophers to engage in wide-ranging discussion on the troubling, exciting, and fascinating issues raised in and amidst the excitement and fear of Orson Scott Card’s novels and Gavin Hood’s film. Authors address issues such as: the justifiability of pre-emptive strikes, how Ender’s disconnected and dispassionate violence is mirrored in today’s drone warfare, whether the end of saving the species can justify the most brutal means, the justifiability of lies and deception in wartimes, how military schools produce training in virtue, how Ender as the “good student” is held to a different educational standard, which rules can be broken in games and which cannot, Ender’s world as a mirror of our own surveillance society, the moral hazards of child warriors, the value of Ender’s ability to sympathize with his enemies, the meaning of a “hive-mind,” the limits of our ability to relate to one, the relationship between Ender’s story and Card’s Mormonism. The authors of Ender’s Game and Philosophy challenge readers to confront and work through the conceptual and emotional challenges that Ender’s Game presents, bringing a new light on the idea of a just war, the virtues of the soldier, the nature of childhood, the social value and moral corruption of lies and deception, the practices of education and of leadership, and the serious work of playing games.

Die Simpsons und die Philosophie

Schlauer werden mit der berühmtesten Fernsehfamilie der Welt

Author: William Irwin,Mark T. Conard,Aeon J. Skoble

Publisher: Tropen

ISBN: 3608100512

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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»Wer sich jetzt noch einmal daran erinnern möchte, warum diese Serie zum Brillantesten gehört, was die nicht so reiche Weltkultur der vergangenen Jahrzehnte hervorgebracht hat, sollte ›Die Simpsons und die Philosophie‹ lesen.« Daniel Kehlmann, Cicero Seit über zwanzig Jahren gilt »Die Simpsons« als beste und beliebteste Fernsehserie der Welt. Der Erfolg zeigt, dass die Simpsons mehr sind, als nur irgendeine Familie. An Marges Küchentisch und in den Straßen von Springfield treten die Grundfragen der Menschheit off en zu Tage. In elf brillanten und komischen Essays denken elf Philosophen über »Die Simpsons« und die Philosophie nach.

Seinfeld and Philosophy

A Book about Everything and Nothing (Large Print 16pt)

Author: William Irwin

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459601165

Category:

Page: 360

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How is Jerry like Socrates? Is it rational for George to ''do the opposite? '' Would Simone de Beauvoir say that Elaine is a feminist? Is Kramer stuck in Kierkegaard's aesthetic stage? Seinfeld and Philosophy is both an enlightening look at the most popular sitcom of the decade and an entertaining introduction to philosophy via Seinfeld's plots and characters. These fourteen essays, which explore the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Lao-Tzu, Heidegger, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Wittgenstein, will show readers how to be masters of their philosophical domain.

Die Philosophie bei Harry Potter

Author: Gregory Bassham

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527505717

Category:

Page: 293

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Der große Kampf ist vorbei. Das Gute hat gesiegt und so ist es nun an der Zeit innezuhalten, um einen Blick auf eines der bedeutendsten literarischen Phänomene unserer Zeit zu werfen und zu erkennen welche Magie hinter den unsterblichen Büchern von Joanne K. Rowling steckt. Die Philosophie bei Harry Potter zeigt, dass viel mehr in den mehr als 5000 Seiten und bald 8 Filmen über den kleinen Zauberlehrling steckt, als man mit bloßem Auge beim ersten Lesen erfassen kann. Und daher rührt schließlich auch der große Erfolg der Bücher und Filme, die nicht nur Kinder und Jugendliche sondern Erwachsene gleichermaßen faszinieren. Selbst die Großen Zauberer an den Universitäten befanden Harry Potter, seine Entwicklung und seine Abenteuer würdig, um sich damit zu beschäftigen. Was sie darin fanden, waren große Ideen und Erkenntnisse über alle wichtigen Dinge, die uns das Leben lehrt: Mut, Freundschaft, Gerechtigkeit, Liebe und Ehrgeiz verbinden sich mit der Frage nach Gut und Böse, Freiheit und Tod. So erweist sich Joanne K. Rowling nicht nur als eine großartige Geschichtenerzählerin, sondern beschäftigt sich durchaus mit Konzepten, die unser Leben jeden Tag aufs Neue bestimmen. *Was ist Liebe und warum gilt sie als mächtigster Zauber der Welt? *Was treibt die Mächtigen wie Dumbledore oder Lucius Malfoy an? *Was ist Realität - was Illusion? *Genießen die kleinen Zauberer im Zauberinternat eine gute Erziehung? *Ist es wirklich wie Dumbledore sagt, dass unsere Entscheidungen viel mehr über uns verraten als unsere Fähigkeiten?

Critical Thinking

A Student's Introduction

Author: Gregory Bassham

Publisher: McGraw-Hill College

ISBN: 9780072879599

Category: Philosophy

Page: 608

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Looseleaf for Critical Thinking

Author: Henry Nardone,Gregory Bassham,William Irwin,James M. Wallace

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9781260688511

Category: Philosophy

Page: 544

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In a hyper-connected digital world buzzing with both information and illogic, facts and spin, critical thinking has never been more challenging or important. This popular, learner-friendly text gives today's students the critical reasoning tools they need to survive and thrive--in school, in their careers, and in life. It covers all the basics of critical thinking, using class-tested real-world examples and a proven step-by-step approach. Its comprehensiveness allows instructors to tailor the material to their individual teaching styles, resulting in an exceptionally versatile text.