Download E-books Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By D. E. Wittkower

Science fiction author Philip ok. Dick (1928-1982) is the large mind's eye at the back of a lot contemporary renowned culture--both video clips without delay in response to his writings, comparable to Blade Runner (based at the novel Do Androids Dream of electrical Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau plus cult favorites comparable to A Scanner Darkly, Imposter, Next, Screamers, and Paycheck and works revealing his robust impression, reminiscent of The Matrix and Inception. With the a lot expected approaching booklet in 2011 of quantity 1 of Exegesis, his magazine of religious visions and paranoic investigations, Dick is quickly changing into a tremendous impact on the planet of renowned spirituality and occult thinking.

In Philip ok. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids have Kindred Spirits?, thirty-four Dick fanatics thinkers confront the attention-grabbing and scary rules raised via Dick's striking fantasies. Is there an alien international in the back of the typical truth we event? If androids can move as human, should still they take delivery of an analogous attention as people? Do psychotics have insights right into a mystical truth? could wisdom of the long run loose us or enslave us? This quantity additionally comprises Dick brief tales: "Beyond Lies the Wub," and "The Eyes Have It."

Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy explores the information of Philip ok. Dick within the similar method that he did: with an earnest wish to comprehend the reality of the area, yet with no falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick's paintings used to be replete with whimsical and absurdist shows of the best demanding situations to cause and to humanity--paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure--and even at his darkest instances he used to be in a position to preserve a few standpoint and humor, as for instance in picking out to call himself 'Horselover fats' in VALIS even as he relates his own non secular epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With an identical earnest whimsy, we process Philip okay. Dick as a thinker like ourselves--one who wrote virtually completely in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, yet who engaged with a number of the maximum questions of philosophy during the Euro-American tradition.

Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy has a lot to supply for either critical lovers who've learn a lot of his novels and tales, and in the event you can have only recently realized his identify and learned that his paintings has been the muse for numerous famous and thought-provoking movies. such a lot chapters commence with a number of of the flicks in accordance with Dick's writing. From right here, the authors delve deeper into the problems by way of bringing in philosophers' views and by way of bringing in Dick's written paintings. The ebook invitations the reader with an off-the-cuff familiarity with Dick to get to understand his paintings, and invitations the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to profit extra. even as, now we have new views and not easy connections and interpretations for even the main hard-core Dick fanatics, although we by no means converse to "insiders" only.

The booklet prominently addresses the main widely-known movies: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. in addition to those "big 5" movies, a number of chapters handle his final novels, specially VALIS, that have an important cult following in their personal. There also are chapters which handle brief tales and novels that are at the moment deliberate for model: Radio loose Albemuth (film accomplished, expecting distribution), The guy within the excessive Castle (in improvement through Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and "King of the Elves" (Disney, deliberate for unencumber in 2013).

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Download E-books Leonard Cohen and Philosophy: Various Positions (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By Jason Holt

From the early years, whilst he morphed from celebrated poet to provocative singer/songwriter, to his induction into the Rock and Roll corridor of popularity, Leonard Cohen has persevered as essentially the most enigmatic and profound figures in all of renowned track. together with his uniquely compelling voice and extraordinary intensity of inventive imaginative and prescient, the classy caliber and highbrow advantage of Cohen’s paintings are above dispute; the following, for the 1st time, a staff of philosophers takes an in-depth examine its genuine significance.

Want to understand what Cohen and Kierkegaard have in universal? Or even if Cohen opponents the nice philosophical pessimist Schopenhauer? Then this ebook is for you. It presents the 1st thorough research of Cohen from quite a few (philosophical) positions. it really is meant not just for Cohen enthusiasts but in addition undergraduates in philosophy and different components. It explores vital overlooked elements of Cohen’s paintings with no trying to decrease them to educational tropes, but however it can also be worthwhile to lecturers — or an individual — beguiled via the enigma that's Leonard Cohen.

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Download E-books The Good Wife and Philosophy: Temptations of Saint Alicia (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray

Within the stable spouse and Philosophy, fifteen philosophers examine the deeper concerns raised through this stirring television drama.
The sturdy spouse offers us court battles within the culture of Perry Mason, with the further size of a political intrigue and a tormented own tale. We witness the interaction among universal morality and felony correctness; occasionally following one violates the opposite. legal professionals function in the legislation and inside of criminal ethics, but repeatedly do destructive issues in pursuit in their clients’ pursuits. The hostile process results in such ideas as stringing out a case to exhaust the opposite side’s assets and bringing fits ostensibly as a result of wrongdoing by way of defendants yet particularly to curtail the defendants as a aggressive chance to a couple very important client’s interest.
The inspiration for the great spouse got here from the habitual information drama of better halves status through their husbands whilst scandal breaks: the better halves of invoice Clinton, Elliott Spitzer, and John Edwards. usually those politicians’ spouses are themselves legal professionals who've needed to take care of the grey components of felony battles and maneuvering. Following her husband’s shame and imprisonment, Alicia Florrick has to come to the legislations, which she deserted for the sake of being a full-time spouse and mom.

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Download E-books I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) PDF

By Alex Bentley

Humans are, at first, social creatures. And this, based on the authors of I'll Have What She's Having, shapes -- and explains -- such a lot of our offerings. we are not simply blindly pushed by way of hard-wired instincts to seek or assemble or reproduce; our judgements are according to greater than "nudges" exploiting person cognitive quirks.

I'll Have What She's Having exhibits us how we use the brains of others to imagine for us and as space for storing for wisdom concerning the international. the tale zooms out from the person to small teams to the complexities of populations. It describes, between different issues, how buzzwords propagate and the way principles unfold; how the swine flu scare grew to become a virus; and the way centred social studying by means of a couple of will get amplified as copying by way of the hundreds. It describes how rules, habit, and tradition unfold in the course of the basic technique of doing what others do.

It is notoriously tough to alter habit. for each "Yes we will be able to" political slogan, there are millions of "Just Say No" buttons. I'll Have What She's Having deals a realistic map to assist us navigate the complicated international of social habit, a necessary advisor for an individual who desires to know how humans behave and the way to start to alter things.

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Download E-books Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! PDF

Since Theodor Geisel released his first kid's e-book in 1937 less than the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, childrens and adults alike were captivated through the captivating and laconic stories of whimsical characters and resourceful worlds. yet Dr. Seuss' tales are greater than simply catchy poems; they typically strive against with severe philosophical and ethical dilemmas, if it is Horton studying the very essence of existence or the Lorax instructing us approximately morality. Dr. Seuss and Philosophy explores philosophical thoughts comparable to the character of the great existence in Oh, the locations you will Go!, the character of information in McElligot's Pool, postmodernity in On past Zebra, company and the surroundings in The Lorax, and ethical personality in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, between many others. somebody who loves Dr. Seuss or is drawn to philosophy will locate this ebook to be interesting and enlightening.

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Download E-books Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing PDF

By William Irwin

Designed for philosophers in addition to readers without specific philosophical heritage, the essays during this vigorous e-book are grouped into 4 fun acts. Act One appears to be like on the 4 Seinfeld characters via a philosophical lens and contains Jerry and Socrates: The tested lifestyles? Act examines ancient philosophers from a Seinfeldian perspective and gives Plato or Nietzsche? Time, Essence, and everlasting Recurrence in Seinfeld. Act 3, premature Meditations through the Water Cooler, explores philosophical concerns raised by way of the convey, reminiscent of, Is it rational for George to do the other? And Act 4, Is There something unsuitable with That?, discusses moral difficulties of daily life utilizing Seinfeld as a foundation. Seinfeld and Philosophy additionally presents a advisor to Seinfeld episodes and a chronological checklist of the philosophers mentioned during this book.

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Download E-books Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By Ted Richards

This selection of incisive articles offers a number one crew of foreign philosophers a unfastened kick towards exploring the advanced and sometimes hidden contours of the realm of football. What does it particularly suggest to be a fan (and why should still we count number Aristotle as one)? Why do nice gamers comparable 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 e-book indicates football fanatics and philosophy buffs alike new how you can savour and comprehend the world's favourite sport.

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Download E-books The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain PDF

By Ronald Hutton

From the twelve days of Christmas to the Spring traditions of Valentine, Shrovetide, and Easter eggs, via might Day revels and Midsummer fires, and directly to the waning of the yr, Harvest domestic, and Hallowe'en; Ronald Hutton takes us on a desirable trip in the course of the ritual yr in Britain.
His accomplished research covers all of the British Isles and the full sweep of background from the earliest written files to the current day. nice and lesser, old and sleek, Christian and pagan, all rituals are taken care of with an identical realization. the result's a colourful and soaking up historical past during which Ronald Hutton demanding situations many universal assumptions in regards to the customs of the prior and the gala's of the current debunking many myths and illuminates the historical past of the calendar we are living by.
Stations of the Sun is the 1st entire scholarly paintings to hide the entire span of British rituals, hard the paintings of experts from the past due Victorian interval onwards, remodeling our photograph of the sector completely, and elevating concerns for historians of each period.

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Download E-books The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers (The Philosophy of Popular Culture) PDF

By Mark T. Conard

In 2008 No nation for outdated Men received the Academy Award for top photograph, including to the recognition of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who have been already recognized for pushing the limits of style. they'd already made motion pictures that redefined the gangster motion picture, the screwball comedy, the fantasy, and the movie noir, between others. No Country is only one of many Coen brothers movies to heart at the struggles of complicated characters to appreciate themselves and their locations within the unusual worlds they inhabit. To borrow a word from Barton Fink, all Coen motion pictures discover "the lifetime of the mind" and exhibit that the human situation can frequently be concurrently comedian and tragic, profound and absurd.

In The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers, editor Mark T. Conard and different famous students discover the tough ethical and philosophical terrain of the Coen repertoire. a number of authors attach the Coens' most generally recognized plots and characters to the shadowy, violent, and morally ambiguous global of vintage movie noir and its smooth counterpart, neo-noir. As those essays display, Coen movies frequently percentage noir's crucial philosophical assumptions: energy corrupts, evil is actual, and human regulate of destiny is an phantasm. In Fargo, now not even Minnesota's blankets of snow can disguise Jerry Lundegaard's crimes or brighten his lengthy, darkish evening of the soul. Coen motion pictures that stylistically go away from movie noir nonetheless undergo the impact of the genre's triumphing philosophical structures. the story of affection, marriage, betrayal, and divorce in Intolerable Cruelty transcends the plight of the characters to light up competing theories of justice. Even in lighter fare, reminiscent of Raising Arizona and The substantial Lebowski, the comedy emerges from characters' trips to the edge of an amoral abyss. despite the fact that, the Coens frequently knowingly and gleefully subvert conventions and infrequently supply symbolic rebirths and different hopeful results. on the finish of The mammoth Lebowski, the Dude abides, his laziness has develop into a advantage, and the human comedy is perpetuating itself with the promised arrival of a baby Lebowski.

The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers sheds new gentle on those cinematic visionaries and their films' stirring philosophical insights. From Blood Simple to No kingdom for previous Men, the Coens' movies characteristic characters who starvation for that means in shared human event -- they're searching for solutions. A opt for few in their protagonists locate confirmation and redemption, yet for plenty of others, the search for solutions leads, at most sensible, in simple terms to extra questions.

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Download E-books Creepiness PDF

By Adam Kotsko

A specter is haunting modern television—the specter of creepiness. In our daily lives, we attempt to prevent creepiness at each expense, shunning creepy humans and recoiling in horror on the concept that we ourselves could be creeps. And but after we sit to monitor television, we're more and more entranced via creepy characters. during this follow-up to Awkwardness and Why we like Sociopaths, Adam Kotsko attempts to account for the unusual fascination of creepiness. as well as surveying quite a lot of modern examples—from Peep convey to ladies, from Orange is the hot Black to Breaking Bad—Kotsko mines the tv of his 90s formative years, marveling on the creepiness that hiding in simple sight in indicates like complete condominium and kinfolk issues. utilizing Freud as his consultant throughout the treacherous territory of creepiness, Kotsko argues that we're thinking about the creepy simply because in our personal methods, we're all creeps.

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