The Final Fantasy universe is packed with compellingcharacters and incredible storylines. In this book, you'll take afascinating look at the deeper issues that Final Fantasyforces players to think about while trying to battle their way tothe next level, such as: Does Cloud really exist (or should wereally care)? Is Kefka really insane? Are Moogles part of asocialist conspiracy? Does the end of the game justify themeans?
As Mages, Moogles, fiends, and Kefka are mashed together withthe likes of Machiavelli, Marx, Foucault, and Kafka, you'll delveinto crucial topics such as madness, nihilism, environmentalethics, Shintoism, the purpose of life, and much more.
Guaranteed to add a new dimension to your understanding of theFinal Fantasy universe, this book is the ultimate companionto the ultimate video-game series.
Michel S. Beaulieu is an assistant professor of historyat Lakehead University.
William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King'sCollege. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre ofbooks as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophyand has overseen recent titles including Batman and Philosophy,House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.
With its swirling cigarette smoke, martini lunches, skinny ties,and tight pencil skirts, Mad Men is unquestionably one of the moststylish, sexy, and irresistible shows on television. But the seriesbecomes even more absorbing once you dig deeper into its portrayalof the changing social and political mores of 1960s America andexplore the philosophical complexities of its key characters andthemes. From Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to John KennethGalbraith, Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand, Mad Men and Philosophybrings the thinking of some of history's most powerful minds tobear on the world of Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper ad agency.You'll gain insights into a host of compelling Mad Men questionsand issues, including happiness, freedom, authenticity, feminism,Don Draper's identity, and more.Takes an unprecedented look at the philosophical issues andthemes behind AMC's Emmy Award-winning show, Mad MenExplores issues ranging from identity to authenticity tofeminism, and moreOffers new insights on your favorite Mad Men characters,themes, and storylines
Mad Men and Philosophy will give Mad Men fans everywheresomething new to talk about around the water cooler.
Veronica Mars and Philosophy features a thought-provoking collection of essays centered on philosophical issues brought forth in Veronica Mars, the critically acclaimed neo-noir detective series set in the fictional town of Neptune, California. Fans and newcomers alike will gain unique insights into the philosophical make-up of a hit show that tackled both crime and some of the larger mysteries of life.Introduces significant philosophical concepts that arise in the cult TV show, Veronica MarsTackles topics relevant to contemporary youth culture, including trust and friendship, revenge, knowledge and skepticism, race, class, gender, and feminismOffers insights into darker themes explored in the series, which is noted for the complexity and intricate plotting of its storylinesDelves deeply into the psychology of Veronica Mars during her transition from high school to collegeWritten for fans of the television show, philosophy students or readers interested in popular cultureTimed for release with the highly anticipated Veronica Mars feature film
Lost is more than just a popular television show; it's a complex examination of meaningful philosophical questions. What does good versus evil mean on the island? Is it a coincidence that characters John Locke and Desmond David Hume are named after actual philosophers? What is the ethics of responsibility for Jack?
An action-adventure story with more than a touch of the metaphysical, Lost forces viewers to ask difficult questions of themselves just as the story asks difficult questions of its characters. Ultimate Lost and Philosophy helps you explore the deeper meaning and philosophical questions hidden within every complex twist and turn in the historic show's entire six-season run.Includes every season of Lost, including 2010's final, highly anticipated seasonConnects events on the show to core philosophical issues such as truth, identity, and moralityExplores a host of intriguing topics such as time travel, freedom, love, and loss
For fans of Lost who are interested in what the show reveals about ourselves and the human condition, Ultimate Lost and Philosophy is an entertaining, informative, and enlightening resource.
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 wizardingworldGives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters,plot lines, and themesMakes 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.
George R.R. Martin's New York Times bestselling epicfantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO televisionshow adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspiredfanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophicalquestions that arise in this complex, character-driven series,including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a"bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protectyour family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medievalmores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feministideals?Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Gameof Thrones seriesGives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, andthemes of Game of ThronesDraws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modernAmerica to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creaturesof Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and CerseiLannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtueand honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game ofthrones
Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones andPhilosophy will enrich your experience of your favoritemedieval fantasy series.
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."
Katniss Everdeen is "the girl who was on fire," but she is alsothe girl who made us think, dream, question authority, and rebel.The post-apocalyptic world of Panem's twelve districts is a dividedsociety on the brink of war and struggling to survive, while theCapitol lives in the lap of luxury and pure contentment. At everyturn in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and theirmany allies wrestle with harrowing choices and ethical dilemmasthat push them to the brink. Is it okay for Katniss to break thelaw to ensure her family's survival? Do ordinary moral rules applyin the Arena? Can the world of The Hunger Games shine alight into the dark corners of our world? Why do we often enjoywatching others suffer? How can we distinguish between what's Realand Not Real? This book draws on some of history's most engagingphilosophical thinkers to take you deeper into the story and itsthemes, such as sacrifice, altruism, moral choice, and gender.Gives you new insights into the Hunger Games series and its keycharacters, plot lines, and ideasExamines important themes such as the state of nature, war,celebrity, authenticity, and social classApplies the perspective of some of world's greatest minds, suchas Charles Darwin, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, andImmanuel Kant to the Hunger Games trilogyCovers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy
An essential companion for Hunger Games fans, this book willtake you deeper into the dystopic world of Panem and into the mindsand motivations of those who occupy it.