Final Fantasy and Philosophy

The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

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An unauthorized look behind one of the greatest video gamefranchises of all time, Final Fantasy

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.

  • Examines the philosophical issues behind one of the world'soldest and most popular video-game series
  • Offers new perspectives on Final Fantasy characters andthemes
  • Gives you a psychological advantage--or at least aphilosophical one--against your Final Fantasy enemies
  • Allows you to apply the wisdom of centuries of philosophy toany game in the series, including Final Fantasy XIII

Guaranteed to add a new dimension to your understanding of theFinal Fantasy universe, this book is the ultimate companionto the ultimate video-game series.

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About the author

Jason P. Blahuta is an associate professor of philosophy atLakehead University and has contributed to Battlestar Galactica andPhilosophy and Terminator and Philosophy.

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.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Sep 22, 2009
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780470730423
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Language
English
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Genres
Philosophy / General
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