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Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #58

by Richard Greene & George Reisch

What explains the huge popular following for Dexter, currently the most-watched show on cable, which sympathetically depicts a serial killer driven by a cruel compulsion to brutally slay one victim after another?...


Doctor Who and Philosophy

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #55

by Courtland Lewis & Paula Smithka

Not only is Doctor Who the longest-running science fiction television show in history, but it has also been translated into numerous languages, broadcast around the world, and referred to as the “way of the...


Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #53

by Graham Priest & Damon Young

Best Lesbian Erotica 2010 travels around the world of lesbian sex with deliriously delicious stories that push lesbian lust and desire to new heights. Edited by Kathleen Warnock and selected and introduced by...


The Walking Dead and Philosophy: Zombie Apocalypse Now

by Wayne Yuen

Rick, Lori, Shane, Carl, Dale, Andrea, and Michonne--human survivors of a zombie apocalypse--don't know much about philosophy, but philosophical ideas continue to shamble on through their world, and there's...


The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #2

by William Irwin, Mark T. Conard & Aeon J. Skoble

This unconventional and lighthearted introduction to the ideas of the major Western philosophers examines The Simpsons -- TV's favorite animated family. The authors look beyond the jokes, the crudeness, the...


Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #33

by Josef Steiff & Tristan Tamplin

In attempting to retain her "human" side, does Sharon really have free will? Is killing a Cylon murder or garbage disposal? These are some of the questions addressed in this thoughtful collection of writings...


The Wizard of Oz and Philosophy: Wicked Wisdom of the West

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #37

by Randall Auxier & Seng

From the bedtime story by L. Frank Baum to the classic 1939 film, no story has captured the imaginations of generations of children — and adults — like The Wizard of Oz. The story of Dorothy’s journey through...


SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy: Soaking Up Secrets Under the Sea!

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #60

by Joseph Foy

SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy introduces fans of SpongeBob SquarePants to some of the great thinkers and questions in philosophy. The essays can be shared by young and old alike, kindling new interest...


The Grateful Dead and Philosophy: Getting High Minded about Love and Haight

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #28

by Steve Gimbel

This book is another one of those late-night Grateful Dead inspired dorm room conversations with friends . . . only this time it’s your professors sitting cross-legged on the floor asking if anyone else wants...


Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #46

by D. Wittkower

Mr. Monk and Philosophy is a carefully and neatly organized collection of eighteen chapters divided into exactly six groups of precisely three chapters each. Drawing on a wide range of philosophers—from Aristotle...


Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #57

by Jim Berti & Durrell Bowman

The progressive/hard rock band Rush has never been as popular as it is now. A documentary film about the band, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, which was released in the summer of 2010 has been universally well...


Woody Allen and Philosophy: [You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?]

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #8

by Mark Conard & Aeon Skoble

Woody Allen—comedian, writer, director, actor, musician, and deep thinker—is clearly trying to tell us something, but what? And why should we care? Fifteen philosophers representing different viewpoints give...


Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #4

by James South & William Irwin

"In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the Forces of Darknes. She is the Slayer . . ."

So, if you're kind of killing time between apocalypses or...


Anime and Philosophy

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #47

by Josef Steiff & Tristan Tamplin

Anime and Philosophy focuses on some of the most-loved, most-intriguing anime films and series, as well as lesser-known works, to find what lies at their core. Astro Boy, Dragon Ball Z, Ghost in the Shell, and...


Common Sense and Selected Works of Thomas Paine

by Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine is one of history’s most renowned thinkers and was indispensible to both the American and French revolutions. The three works included, Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason,...


A Place to Read: Life and Books

by Michael Cohen

In this essay collection, Michael Cohen tells us about his surprise encounter with the remains of Frida Kahlo, about his father's murder, and about his son's close shave with death on the highway. His subjects...


Jurassic Park and Philosophy: The Truth Is Terrifying

by Nicolas Michaud & Jessica Watkins

Twenty-one philosophers join forces to investigate the implications of the Jurassic Park franchise for our lives, our values, and our future. Human beings live and thrive by modifying nature, but when do the...


Event

by Slavoj Žižek

Probably the most famous living philosopher, Slavoj Žižek explores the meaning of events in this short and digestible book

An event can be an occurrence that shatters ordinary life, a radical political rupture,...


Summers of Discontent: The Purpose of the Arts Today

by Raymond Tallis & Julian Spalding

An examination of why artists make art in the first place, and why we all feel the need for it.


The Devil and Philosophy

by Robert Arp

In The Devil and Philosophy, 34 philosophers explore questions about one of the most recognizable and influential characters (villains?) of all time. From Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate to J.R.R. Tolkien's...