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Game of Thrones and Philosophy

Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

Game of Thrones and Philosophy by William Irwin
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Acknowledgments: How I was spared from having to take the Black

Introduction: So What if Winter Is Coming?

Part One. “You Win or You Die”

1. Maester Hobbes Goes to King’s Landing
Greg Littmann

2. It is a Great Crime to Lie to a King
Don Fallis

3. Playing the Game of Thrones: Some Lessons from Machiavelli
Marcus Schulzke

4. The War in Westeros and Just War Theory
Richard H. Corrigan

Part Two. “The Things I Do for Love”

5. Winter is Coming! The Bleak Quest for Happiness in Westeros
Eric Silverman

6. The Death of Lord Stark: The Perils of Idealism
David Hahn

7. Lord Eddard Stark, Queen Cersei Lannister: Moral Judgments from Different Perspectives
Albert J. J. Angleberger and Alexander Hieke

8. It Would Be a Mercy: Choosing Life or Death in Westeros and Beyond
Matthew Tedesco

Part Three. “Winter is Coming”

9. Wargs, Wights, and Wolves that are Dire: Mind and Metaphysics, Westeros Style
Henry Jacoby

10. Magic, Science, and Metaphysics in A Game of Thrones
Edward Cox

11. “You know nothing, Jon Snow”: Epistemic Humility Beyond the Wall
Abraham P. Schwab

12. “Why is the world so full of injustice?” Gods and the Problem of Evil
Jaron Daniel Schoone

Part Four. “The Man Who Passes the Sentence Should Swing the Sword”

13. Why Should Joffrey Be Moral If He’s Already Won the Game of Thrones?
Daniel Haas

14. The Moral Luck of Tyrion Lannister
Christopher Robichaud

15. Dany’s Encounter with the Wild: Cultural Relativism in Games of Thrones
Katherine Tullman

16. “There Are No True Knights”: The Injustice o Chivalry
Stacey Goguen

Part Five. “Stick Them with the Pointy End”

17. Fate, Freedom, and authenticity in A Game of Thrones
Michael J. Sigrist

18. No One Dances the Water Dance
Henry Jacoby

19. The Things I Do For Love: Sex, Lies, and Game Theory
R. Shannon Duval

20. Stop the Madness! Knowledge, Power, and Insanity in A Song of Ice and Fire
Chad William Timm

Contributors: The Learned Lords and Ladies from Beyond the Seven Kingdoms


Wiley; February 2012
272 pages; ISBN 9781118206058
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