Category Archives: Popular Culture

Roald Dahl and Philosophy: A Little Nonsense Now and Then

| February 19, 2017 | admin | 0

By John V. Karavitis

For generations the weather of humor, poignancy, delusion, and unfettered morality discovered inside acclaimed children’s writer Roald Dahl’s most famed stories have captivated either teenagers and adults. Classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the large Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, and The BFG may possibly before everything seem to be yarns spun for the entertainment of the adolescent brain, despite the fact that, upon digging deeper one uncovers a treasure trove of philosophical richness that's something yet infantile, yet in reality unearths the real existential weight, and multi-layered that means of a few of our favourite children’s tales. Editor Jacob M. Held has amassed the insights of today’s top philosophers into the significances, messages, and bigger truths at which Dahl’s rhythmic writing winks, revealing an entire new strategy to relish the production of a guy and brain to which readers of every age are nonetheless drawn.

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Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy: Brains Before Bullets

| February 19, 2017 | admin | 0

By George A. Dunn, Jason T. Eberl

“Brains ahead of bullets” – historical and sleek knowledge for “mechanics and bike enthusiasts”

Essential analyzing for lovers of the convey, this e-book takes readers deeper into the Sons of Anarchy motorbike membership, the Teller-Morrow kinfolk, and the ethics that encompass their lives and activities.

  • Provides attention-grabbing ethical insights into Sons of Anarchy, its key characters, plot strains and ideas
  • Investigates compelling philosophical concerns centering on loyalty, responsibility, the ethics of struggle, authority, faith and no matter if the ends justify the means
  • Teaches complicated philosophical principles in a fashion that’s obtainable to the final curiosity reader in an effort to encourage them to additional interpreting of the good philosophers
  • Authors use their deep wisdom of the convey to light up issues that aren't constantly obvious even to die-hard fans

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Terminator and Philosophy: I'll Be Back, Therefore I Am

| February 19, 2017 | admin | 0

By William Irwin, Kevin S. Decker

A well timed e-book that makes use of technology fiction to impress mirrored image and dialogue on philosophical issues

From the character of brain to the ethics of AI and neural enhancement, technological know-how fiction concept experiments hearth the philosophical mind's eye, encouraging us to imagine open air of the field approximately vintage philosophical difficulties or even to check new ones. technological know-how Fiction and Philosophy explores puzzles approximately digital truth, transhumanism, even if time shuttle is feasible, the character of man-made intelligence, and subject matters in neuroethics, between different well timed matters. This thought-provoking quantity is appropriate for college kids and basic readers but additionally examines new and extra complex issues of curiosity to professional philosophers and scientists.

Susan Schneider (Hometown TK) is Assistant Professor within the division of philosophy on the college of Pennsylvania and an Affiliated college Member on the Institutes for study in Cognitive technology and heart for Cognitive Neuroscience.

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The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change The World

| February 19, 2017 | admin | 0

By Deepak Chopra

“DeepakChopra has built his personal special type of complementary, mind-body medicine.”—U.S. information & international Report

Theworld wishes heroes, and, as religious authority Deepak Chopra demonstrates inthis gripping and deeply perceptive meditation on our power to excel, everybody folks possesses the ability to assist retailer the planet—and the energy to claimour absolute best lives. For readers who draw suggestion from comedian books andmovies like Ironman, The Uncanny X-Men, and Superman, forthe Peter Parkers who ask yourself the best way to release their internal Spider-man, Choprailluminates the trail to turning into a non secular superhero, instructing us how towield the nice energy of the human middle to paintings genuine adjustments in ourselves andin the area round us.

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The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

| February 19, 2017 | admin | 0

The variety of guides facing online game reports has exploded over the process the decade, however the box has produced few finished reference works. The Routledge better half to game Studies, compiled via famous game students Mark J. P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, goals to handle the continued theoretical and methodological improvement of video game reviews, offering scholars, students, and video game designers with a definitive examine modern online game experiences.

Features contain:

  • comprehensive and interdisciplinary versions and techniques for examining games;
  • new views on games either as artwork shape and cultural phenomenon;
  • explorations of the technical and artistic dimensions of video games;
  • accounts of the political, social, and cultural dynamics of video games.

Each essay presents a full of life and succinct precis of its objective quarter, quick bringing the reader up to date at the pertinent matters surrounding each one point of the sphere, together with references for additional analyzing. jointly, they supply an summary of the current kingdom of online game experiences that might certainly end up priceless to scholar, pupil, and dressmaker alike.

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How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music

| February 18, 2017 | admin | 0

By Elijah Wald

"There are not any definitive histories," writes Elijah Wald, during this provocative reassessment of yank renowned tune, "because the previous retains taking a look assorted because the current changes." past musical kinds sound diverse to us this present day simply because we listen them in the course of the musical clear out of different kinds that got here after them, all through funk and hip hop.

As its blasphemous name indicates, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll rejects the normal pieties of mainstream jazz and rock background. instead of targeting these routinely favorite types, the e-book lines the evolution of renowned track via constructing tastes, developments and technologies--including the position of documents, radio, jukeboxes and tv --to provide a fuller, extra balanced account of the vast number of song that captivated listeners over the process the 20th century. Wald revisits unique sources--recordings, interval articles, memoirs, and interviews--to spotlight how track used to be truly heard and skilled through the years. And in a clean departure from extra general histories, he specializes in the realm of operating musicians and usual listeners instead of stars and experts. He seems for instance on the evolution of jazz as dance tune, and rock 'n' roll throughout the eyes of the screaming, twisting teenage women who made up the majority of its early viewers. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and the Beatles are all right here, yet Wald additionally discusses much less everyday names like Paul Whiteman, man Lombardo, Mitch Miller, Jo Stafford, Frankie Avalon, and the Shirelles, who in certain cases have been way more well known than these vivid stars we know at the present time, and who extra appropriately signify the mainstream in their instances.

Written with verve and magnificence, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll shakes up our staid notions of song heritage and is helping us listen American well known tune with new ears.

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Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

| February 18, 2017 | admin | 0

By Courtland Lewis

In Doctor Who and Philosophy, a staff of quite often human philosophers (who also are enthusiasts) seems to be on the deeper concerns raised by means of the Doctor's impressive adventures. They speak about, between different issues, the Doctor's philosophy of technology, the ethics of a universe with thousands of clever species, what makes one life-form extra vital than one other, even if time tourists can swap background, and the way the Doctor Who television exhibit is altering the area we are living in. The chapters draw freely on either the vintage sequence (1963–1989) and the hot sequence. The ebook contains a number of unique and insightful prices from Doctor Who plus a whole record of episodes and companions.

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The Sage Returns: Confucian Revival in Contemporary China (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

| February 18, 2017 | admin | 0

By Jeffrey L. Richey

An interdisciplinary exploration of the modern Confucian revival.

Until its rejection by way of reformers and revolutionaries within the 20th century, Confucianism have been imperative to chinese language tradition, identification, and inspiration for hundreds of years. Confucianism was once rejected via either Nationalists less than Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong’s Communist occasion, which characterised it as an ideology of response and repression. but the sage has again: this day, chinese language humans from all walks of existence and each point of authority are embracing Confucianism. As China grew to become clear of the excesses of the Cultural Revolution and skilled the adoption and demanding situations of marketplace practices, choices have been sought to the existing socialist morality. starting within the Eighties and carrying on with over the years, rules, photos, behaviors, and attitudes linked to Confucianism have come again into private and non-private lifestyles. during this quantity, students from a variety of disciplines discover the modern Confucian revival in China, taking a look at Confucianism and the country, highbrow lifestyles, and pop culture. participants observe how the revival of Confucianism performs out in quite a few methods, from China’s dating with the remainder of the area, to perspectives of capitalism and technological know-how, to blockbuster video clips and teen fashion.

“…this is a well timed e-book … hugely recommended.” — CHOICE

Kenneth J. Hammond is Professor of heritage at New Mexico country collage. he's the writer of Pepper Mountain: The lifestyles, demise, and Posthumous occupation of Yang Jisheng, the editor of The Human culture in Premodern China, and the coeditor (with Kristin Stapleton) of The Human culture in sleek China.

Jeffrey L. Richey is affiliate Professor of faith and Asian experiences at Berea university. he's the writer of Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism’s heritage in China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam and the editor of Teaching Confucianism.

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Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millennia

| February 18, 2017 | admin | 0

The booklet of Revelation has been a resource of continuous fascination for almost thousand years. options comparable to the Lamb of God, the 4 Horsemen, the 7th Seal, the Beasts and Antichrist, the Whore of Babylon, Armageddon, the Millennium, the final Judgement, the recent Jerusalem, and the ever present angels of the Apocalypse have captured the preferred mind's eye. you can actually rarely open a newspaper or click a information website with no studying approximately approaching monetary or climate-change Armageddon, whereas the concept that of the 4 Horsemen pervades well known tune, gaming, and satire. but few humans understand a lot approximately both the elemental which means or unique context of those thoughts or the multiplicity of alternative ways that they've been interpreted via visible artists specifically. The visible background of this most generally illustrated of the entire biblical books merits larger attention.

This publication fills those gaps in a outstanding and unique approach by way of ten concise thematic chapters which clarify the origins of those ideas from the publication of Revelation in an available manner. those causes are augmented and constructed through a gently chosen pattern of the ways that the innovations were handled by means of artists throughout the centuries. The a hundred and twenty visible examples are drawn from quite a lot of time classes and media together with the ninth-century Trier Apocalypse, thirteenth-century Anglo-Norman Apocalypse Manuscripts corresponding to the Lambeth and Trinity Apocalypses, the fourteenth-century Angers Apocalypse Tapestry, fifteenth-century Apocalypse altarpieces via Van Eyck and Memling, Dürer and Cranach's sixteenth-century Apocalypse woodcuts, and extra lately a number works by way of William Blake, J.M.W. Turner, Max Beckmann, in addition to movie posters and picture stills, cartoons, and kid's ebook illustrations. the ultimate bankruptcy demonstrates the continued resonance of the entire issues in modern non secular, political, and renowned pondering, whereas in the course of the ebook a distinction may be drawn among these readers of Revelation who've obvious it when it comes to earthly revolutions within the right here and now, and people who have followed a extra religious, other-worldly approach.

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