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The Hunger Games and Philosophy

A Critique of Pure Treason

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The Hunger Games and Philosophy by George A. Dunn
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A philosophical exploration of Suzanne Collins's New YorkTimes bestselling series, just in time for the release ofThe Hunger Games movie

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 ideas
  • Examines important themes such as the state of nature, war,celebrity, authenticity, and social class
  • Applies the perspective of some of world's greatest minds, suchas Charles Darwin, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, andImmanuel Kant to the Hunger Games trilogy
  • Covers 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.

Wiley; January 2012
272 pages; ISBN 9781118206027
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Title: The Hunger Games and Philosophy
Author: George A. Dunn; Nicolas Michaud; William Irwin
 
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