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  • Dracula and Philosophyby Nicolas Michaud; Janelle Pötzsch

    Open Court 2015; US$ 19.95

    Twenty-four nocturnal philosophers stake out and vivisect Dracula from many angles, unearthing evidence from numerous movies and shows—macabre, terrifying, tragic, and comic. Altmann decides whether Dracula can really be blamed for his crimes, since it?s his nature as a vampire to behave a certain way. Arp argues that Dracula?s addiction to live... more...

  • Soccer and Philosophyby Ted Richards

    Open Court 2010; US$ 21.95

    This collection of incisive articles gives a leading team of international philosophers a free kick toward exploring the complex and often hidden contours of the world of soccer. What does it really mean to be a fan (and why should we count Aristotle as one)? Why do great players such as Cristiano Ronaldo count as great artists (up there alongside... more...

  • Star Wars and Philosophyby Kevin S. Decker; Jason T. Eberl; William Irwin

    Open Court 2005; US$ 19.95

    The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence, and permeating popular culture around the world. The films feature many complex themes ranging from good versus evil and moral development and corruption to religious faith and pragmatism, forgiveness and redemption, and many others.... more...

  • Monty Python and Philosophyby Gary L. Hardcastle; George A. Reisch; William Irwin

    Open Court 2006; US$ 19.95

    From the 1970s cult TV show, Monty Python?s Flying Circus, to the current hit musical Spamalot, the Monty Python comedy troupe has been at the center of popular culture and entertainment. The Pythons John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam are increasingly recognized and honored for their creativity... more...

  • The Simpsons and Philosophyby William Irwin; Mark T. Conard; Aeon J. Skoble

    Open Court 2001; US$ 17.95

    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 attacks on society — and see a clever display of irony, social criticism, and philosophical thought. The writers begin with an examination of the... more...

  • Star Trek and Philosophyby Kevin S. Decker; Jason T. Eberl

    Open Court 2008; US$ 18.95

    Philosophy and space travel are characterized by the same fundamental purpose: exploration. An essential guide for both philosophers and Trekkers, Star Trek and Philosophy combines a philosophical spirit of inquiry with the beloved television and film series to consider questions not only about the scientific prospects of interstellar travel but... more...

  • Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophyby Richard Greene; K. Silem Mohammad

    Open Court 2010; US$ 19.95

    Since 1968's Night of the Living Dead , zombie culture has steadily limped and clawed its way into the center of popular culture. Today, zombies and vampires have taken over TV shows, comic books, cartoons, video games, and movies. Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy drags the theories of famous philosophers like Socrates and Descartes into the territory... more...

  • Superheroes and Philosophyby Tom Morris; Matt Morris; William Irwin

    Open Court 2001; US$ 19.95

    The comic book superheroes — Superman, Batman, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and many others — have proved to be a powerful and enduring thread in popular culture, a rich source of ideas for moviemakers, novelists, and philosophers. Superheroes and Philosophy brings together 16 leading philosophers and some of the most creative... more...

  • World of Warcraft and Philosophyby Luke Cuddy; John Nordlinger

    Open Court 2009; US$ 19.95

    Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most popular MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) in videogame history, World of Warcraft is everywhere — from episodes of South Park and The Simpsons, to online series like Watch the Guild, accolades and awards from game critics, and prime-time commercials with Mr.... more...

  • Jimmy Buffett and Philosophyby Erin McKenna; Scott L. Pratt

    Open Court 2009; US$ 19.95

    Jimmy Buffett and his music have touched the lives of millions of people around the world, spanning generations and genres. But is Buffett's music just a good time, or is there a deeper level to it? Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy shows the philosophical side of this self-proclaimed non-philosopher's work. The articles in this book provide an accessible... more...