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Westworld and Philosophy

By James B. South,Kimberly S. Engels
  • ISBN Code: : 1119437954
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 280
  • Category : Philosophy
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“We can’t define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there’s something special about the way we perceive the world, and yet we live in loops as tight and as closed as the hosts do, seldom questioning our choices, content, for the most part, to be told what to do next.” —Dr. Robert Ford, Westworld Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? HBO’s Westworld, a high-concept cerebral television series which explores the emergence of artificial consciousness at a futuristic amusement park, raises numerous questions about the nature of consciousness and its bearing on the divide between authentic and artificial life. Are our choices our own? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Why do violent delights have violent ends? Could machines ever have the moral edge over man? Does consciousness create humanity, or humanity consciousness? In Westworld and Philosophy, philosophers, filmmakers, scientists, activists, and ethicists ask the questions you’re not supposed to ask and suggest the answers you’re not supposed to know. There’s a deeper level to this game, and this book charts a course through the maze of the mind, examining how we think about humans, hosts, and the world around us on a journey toward self-actualization. Essays explore different facets of the show’s philosophical puzzles, including the nature of autonomy as well as the pursuit of liberation and free thought, while levying a critical eye at the human example as Westworld’s hosts ascend to their apotheosis in a world scarred and defined by violent acts. The perfect companion for Westworld fans who want to exit the park and bend their minds around the philosophy behind the scenes, Westworld and Philosophy will enrich the experience of the show for its viewers and shed new light on its enigmatic twists and turns.

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The comic book naratives of superheroes wrestle with profound and disturbing issues in original ways: the definitions of good and evil, the limits of violence as an effective means, the perils of enforcing justice outside the law, the metaphysics of personal identity, and the definition of humanity. Superheroes and Philosophy tackles these and other philosophical questions in an intellectual yet engaging way suitable for any comic book fan.

The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy

By Dean A. Kowalski
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1118236416
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 995
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A lighthearted meditation on the philosophical quandaries of the hit television show The Big Bang Theory Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" And—most importantly—whether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga! This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. You might find other philosophy books on science and cosmology, but only this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle. Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights on your favorite Big Bang Theory characters, story lines, and ideas Examines important themes involving ethics and virtue, science, semiotics, religion, and the human condition Brings the thinking of some of the world's greatest philosophers to bear on The Big Bang Theory, from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and more Essential reading for every Big Bang Theory fan, this book explores whether comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the good life, and whether they can know enough science to "tear the mask off nature and stare at the face of God."

The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy

By Robert Arp,Kevin S. Decker
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1118389921
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 718
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Enlightenment from the South Park gang faster than youcan say, "Screw you guys, I'm going home"! The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy: Respect MyPhilosophah! presents a compilation of serious philosophicalreflections on the twisted insights voiced by characters inTV’s most irreverent animated series. Offers readers a philosophically smart and candid approach toone of television’s most subversive and controversial showsas it enters its 17th season Draws sharp parallels between the irreverent nature of SouthPark and the inquiring and skeptical approach of Westernphilosophy Journeys deep beyond the surface of the show’sscatological humor to address the perennial questions raised inSouth Park and the contemporary social and political issuesthat inspire each episode Utilizes familiar characters and episodes to illustrate suchphilosophical topics as moral relativism, freedom of expression,gay marriage, blasphemy, democracy, feminism, animal ethics,existential questions, and much more It’s a Bigger, Longer & Uncut version of the highlyacclaimed South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I LearnedSomething Today—and is guaranteed to be much funnier thankilling Kenny

Unlocking Social Theory with Popular Culture

By Naomi Barnes,Alison Bedford
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 3030770117
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 208
  • Pdf File: unlocking-social-theory-with-popular-culture.pdf

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This book demonstrates how pop culture examples can be used to demystify complex social theory. It provides tangible, metaphorical examples that shows how it is possible to "do philosophy" rather than subscribe to a theorist by showing that each theorist intersects and overlaps with others. The book is embedded in the literary theory that tapping into background knowledge is a key step in helping people engage with new and difficult texts. It also acknowledges the important role of popular culture in developing comprehension. Using a choose your own adventure structure, this book not only shows students of social theory how various theories can be applied but also reveals the multitude of possible pathways theory provides for comprehending society.

Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture

By William Irwin,David Kyle Johnson
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1119757185
  • Total of Pages : 436
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 125
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Can Wonder Woman help us understand feminist philosophy? How Does Wakandan technology transcend anti-Blackness? What can Star Trek teach us about the true nature of reality? Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture makes important philosophical concepts and the work of major philosophers relevant, fun, and exciting. Using engaging examples from film and television, this easy-to-read book covers everything from basic metaphysics and epistemology to abstract and complex philosophical ideas about ethics and the meaning of life. You don’t have to be a pop culture expert to benefit from this book—even a general awareness of cultural icons like Superman or Harry Potter will be more than enough for you to learn about a wide range of philosophical notions, thinkers, and movements. The expanded second edition offers timely coverage of important topics such as race, gender, personal identity, social justice, and environmental ethics. New essays explore the philosophical underpinnings of The Good Place, Game of Thrones, Black Panther, Star Wars, The Avengers, South Park, The Lego Movie, The Big Bang Theory, and more. This edition is supported by a new website with links to primary philosophical texts, information about all the popular culture discussed, and additional resources for teachers, students, and general readers alike. Features a selection of key essays from the bestselling Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series Draws on examples from popular media including The Matrix, Lost, Doctor Strange, The Hobbit, Westworld, and Star Trek Explains philosophical concepts such as relativism, skepticism, existentialist ethics, logic, social contract theory, utilitarianism, and mind-body dualism Discusses the ideas of Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Marx, Mill, Kierkegaard, and other important thinkers Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture is an excellent supplementary textbook for introductory philos for introductory philosophy courses and a valuable resource for general readers wanting to learn about philosophy and its connections with pop culture.

Sherlock: Chronicles

By Steve Tribe
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062436120
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 999
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“Oh for God’s sake, make up your mind. Who needs me this time?” Delve deep into the creative minds behind the world’s greatest—and only—consulting detective with this ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the making of the smash television series Sherlock, as seen on PBS. This is the hit series Sherlock as you’ve never seen it before, from story development to casting, sets, costumes, props, music, and more. With unprecedented access to the archives of Hartswood, the award-winning production team behind the show, as well as all-new interviews, unseen script pages, and more than 500 illustrations, including color photographs, pieces of concept art, and storyboards, Sherlock: Chronicles unlocks the secrets of each unforgettable case in the words of the show’s creators, cast, and crew. Discover how the Sherlock team adapted classic adventures and puzzles for a fresh new world. Meet the artists and designers whose creative vision brought the show to life. See how the show’s dedicated crew converted everyday locations into “the great cesspool” of criminal London. Learn the real story behind the producers’ and writers’ vision, and what the esteemed cast of actors—including Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, and Una Stubbs—think about bringing Holmes to life. From 221B Baker Street to St. Bart’s Hospital, from Buckingham Palace to Appledore, discover what lies behind every one of Sherlock’s closed doors with this essential companion for fans of the acclaimed show.

Crime TV

By Jonathan A. Grubb,Chad Posick
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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Book Code : 1479838632
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 733
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From Game of Thrones to Breaking Bad, the key theories and concepts in criminal justice are explained through the lens of television In Crime TV, Jonathan A. Grubb and Chad Posick bring together an eminent group of scholars to show us the ways in which crime—and the broader criminal justice system—are depicted on television. From Breaking Bad and Westworld to Mr. Robot and Homeland, this volume highlights how popular culture frames our understanding of crime, criminological theory, and the nature of justice through modern entertainment. Featuring leading criminologists, Crime TV makes the key concepts and analytical tools of criminology as engaging as possible for students and interested readers. Contributors tackle an array of exciting topics and shows, taking a fresh look at feminist criminology on The Handmaid’s Tale, psychopathy on The Fall, the importance of social bonds on 13 Reasons Why, radical social change on The Walking Dead, and the politics of punishment on Game of Thrones. Crime TV offers a fresh and exciting approach to understanding the essential concepts in criminology and criminal justice and how theories of crime circulate in popular culture.

Conspiracy Theories

By Richard Greene,Rachel Robison-Greene
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  • Publisher : Open Court Publishing
  • Book Code : 081269483X
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 962
  • Pdf File: conspiracy-theories.pdf

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Conspiracy theories have become a major element in modern opinion formation. From the theory that the killing of President Kennedy was masterminded by a powerful conspiracy to the theory that 9/11 was an inside job, from the story that Barack Obama wasn’t born in America to the story that Donald Trump was a Russian asset, conspiracy theories have become a major element in opinion formation and an ever-present influence, sometimes open, sometimes hidden, on the daily headline news. In Conspiracy Theories, philosophers of diverse backgrounds and persuasions focus their lenses on the phenomenon of the conspiracy theory, its psychological causes, its typical shape, and its political consequences. Among the questions addressed: ● What’s the formula for designing a contagious conspiracy theory? ● Where does conspiracy theorizing end and investigative reporting begin? ● What can we learn about conspiracy theories from the three movie treatments of the Kennedy assassination (The Parallax View, JFK, and Interview with the Assassin)? ● Does political powerlessness generate conspiracy theories? ● Is conspiracy theorizing essentially an instinct that lies behind all belief in religion and all striving for a meaningful life? ● Can we find conspiracy theories in all political movements for centuries past? ● What are the most common types of fallacious reasoning that tend to support conspiracy theories? ● Is there a psychological disorder at the root of conspiracy theories? ● Why is the number of flat-earthers growing?

Comparative Philosophy and Method

By Steven Burik,Robert Smid,Ralph Weber
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1350155039
  • Total of Pages : 280
  • Category : Philosophy
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  • Pdf File: comparative-philosophy-and-method.pdf

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Addressing arguments that comparative philosophy is itself impossible, or that it is indistinguishable from philosophy more generally, this collection challenges myopic understandings of comparative method and encourages a more informed consideration. Bringing together a wide variety of methodological options, it features scholars spread across the globe representing multiple philosophical traditions. From the beginnings of comparative philosophy in the 19th century to present-day proposals for more global philosophy departments, every chapter serves as a viable methodological alternative for any would-be philosophical comparativist. With contributions from leading comparativists that are both distinctive in their method and explicit about its application, this valuable resource challenges and enriches the awareness and sensitivity of the beginning comparativist and seasoned veteran alike.

Rick and Morty and Philosophy

By Lester C. Abesamis,Wayne Yuen
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  • Publisher : Open Court Publishing
  • Book Code : 081269466X
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  • Category : Philosophy
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  • Pdf File: rick-and-morty-and-philosophy.pdf

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The adult-oriented science-fiction cartoon series Rick and Morty, shown on Cartoon Network as part of its late-night Adult Swim feature, is famous for its nihilistic anti-hero Rick Sanchez. Rick is a character who rejects God, religion, and meaning, but who embraces science and technology. This leads to a popular show that often presents a world view favorable to science and dismissive of spirituality. It is existentialism mashed up with absurdism with a healthy (or unhealthy) dose of dick jokes thrown in. Rick and Morty and Philosophy focuses on the philosophical underpinnings of the show. The authors explain and develop ideas that are mentioned or illustrated in various episodes, so that fans can get really solid evidence for what they know already: this show is awesome and deep. Rick has access to technology that allows him to jump between dimensions or realities. He brings his grandson, Morty, along with him on these adventures, often putting Morty in mortal danger. However, Rick’s attitude is that there are an infinite number of Mortys in the multiverse, so if his Morty dies, he can always replace his Morty with another Morty from a different dimension. One question that arises is, are these Mortys really identical to each other? And if one of them dies, can he really be replaced without loss? Another character in the show is Jerry, the husband of Rick’s daughter. Jerry is a complete and total loser with no self-respect, desperate to get any kind of respect from others. Why is it so important that he has self-respect? How does his lack of self-respect affect those around him? In one adventure, Jerry finds himself in a position where he can save one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the universe whose heart is failing. Jerry can save his life by donating his penis, which is the perfect organ to match the alien’s failing heart. Does Jerry have a moral obligation to do so? Recently, ethicists such as Peter Singer and Julian Savulescu have argued that people have a moral obligation to donate a kidney to people who need one. Why wouldn’t the same apply to Jerry’s penis? Is such a donation above and beyond a moral obligation, and consequently optional, or is it a basic moral obligation and therefore required, as noted ethicists like Singer and Savulescu suggest? This volume also includes chapters that examine the experience of watching Rick and Morty. One writer argues that many of the Rick and Morty episodes induce within viewers a state of “Socratic aporia,” or confusion. Viewers are forced to reflect on their own moral beliefs about the world when characters do something that seems good but results in horrendous consequences.