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True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You

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BLACKWELL PHILOSOPHY AND POP CULTURE SERIES This book has not been approved, licensed, or sponsored by any entity or person involved in creating or producing the Southern Vampire Mysteries, True Blood, the novels, or TV show.
Does God hate fangs?
  • Is Sam still Sam when he turns into a collie?
  • Is coming out of the coffin the same as coming out of the closet?
  • Are all vampires created evil?
Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies, telepaths True Blood has it all. In a world where supernatural creatures coexist with human beings, Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton wrestle with powerful desires while facing complex issues concerning sex, romance, bigotry, violence, death, and immortality. Now, True Blood and Philosophy calls on the minds of some of history′s great thinkers to perform some philosophical bloodletting on this thought–provoking series. From the metaphysics of mind reading to Maryann Forrester′s cult of Dionysus, from vampire politics to the nature of personal identity, and from contemporary feminism to the rights of nonhuman species, True Blood and Philosophy mines the thinking of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, and John Rawls to enlighten us on the intriguing themes that surround this supernatural world. You′ll find no shortage of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your teeth into!
To learn more about the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, visit www.andphilosophy.com
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780470597729
ISBN-10: 0470597720
Pagini: 256
Dimensiuni: 154 x 229 x 17 mm
Greutate: 0.36 kg
Editura: Wiley
Locul publicării: Hoboken, United States

Public țintă

Fans of Alan Ball′s TV show True Blood and readers of Charlaine Harris′s books, "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" are the primary audience for this book.  These tie–in style books make for excellent gifts and merchandise purchases and will also attract a readership from serial buyers, philosophy students, and professors.

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BLACKWELL PHILOSOPHY AND POP CULTURE SERIES This book has not been approved, licensed, or sponsored by any entity or person involved in creating or producing the Southern Vampire Mysteries, True Blood, the novels, or TV show.
Does God hate fangs?
  • Is Sam still Sam when he turns into a collie?
  • Is coming out of the coffin the same as coming out of the closet?
  • Are all vampires created evil?
Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies, telepaths True Blood has it all. In a world where supernatural creatures coexist with human beings, Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton wrestle with powerful desires while facing complex issues concerning sex, romance, bigotry, violence, death, and immortality. Now, True Blood and Philosophy calls on the minds of some of history′s great thinkers to perform some philosophical bloodletting on this thought–provoking series. From the metaphysics of mind reading to Maryann Forrester′s cult of Dionysus, from vampire politics to the nature of personal identity, and from contemporary feminism to the rights of nonhuman species, True Blood and Philosophy mines the thinking of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, and John Rawls to enlighten us on the intriguing themes that surround this supernatural world. You′ll find no shortage of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your teeth into!
To learn more about the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, visit www.andphilosophy.com

Cuprins

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: For the "Supes" We Just Can′t Live Without. Introduction: "If a Tree Falls in the Woods, It′s Still a Tree Ain′t It?"
PART ONE: "I USED TO HATE VAMPIRES, UNTIL I GOT TO KNOW ONE": VAMPIRE–HUMAN ETHICS.
1 To Turn or Not to Turn: The Ethics of Making Vampires (Christopher Robichaud).
2 Dressing Up and Playing Human: Vampire Assimilation in the Human Playground (Jennifer Culver).
3 Pets, Cattle, and Higher Life Forms on True Blood (Ariadne Blayde and George A. Dunn).
PART TWO: "LIFE–CHALLENGED INDIVIDUALS": THE POLITICS OF BEING DEAD.
4 Signed in Blood: Rights and the Vampire–Human Social Contract (Joseph J. Foy).
5 "Honey, If We Can′t Kill People, What′s the Point of Being a Vampire?": Can Vampires Be Good Citizens? (William M. Curtis).
6 Un–True Blood: The Politics of Artificiality (Bruce A. McClelland).
PART THREE: "THEIR VERY BLOOD IS SEDUCTIVE": EROS, SEXUALITY, AND GENDER.
7 Coming Out of the Coffin and Coming Out of the Closet (Patricia Brace and Robert Arp).
8 "I Am Sookie, Hear Me Roar!": Sookie Stackhouse and Feminist Ambivalence (Lillian E. Craton and Kathryn E. Jonell).
9 Sookie, Sigmund, and the Edible Complex (Ron Hirschbein).
PART FOUR: "I AM ACTUALLY OLDER THAN YOUR JESUS": NATURAL, SUPERNATURAL, AND DIVINE.
10 Let the Bon Temps Roll: Sacrifice, Scapegoats, and Good Times (Kevin J. Corn and George A. Dunn).
11 Are Vampires Unnatural? (Andrew Terjesen and Jenny Terjesen).
12 Does God Hate Fangs? (Adam Barkman).
PART FIVE: "OUR EXISTENCE IS INSANITY": THE METAPHYSICS OF SUPERNATURAL BEINGS.
13 A Vampire′s Heart Has Its Reasons That Scientifi c Naturalism Can t Understand (Susan Peppers–Bates and Joshua Rust).
14 Keeping Secrets from Sookie (Fred Curry).
15 Vampires, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters: The More They Change, the More They Stay the Same (Sarah Grubb).
CONTRIBUTORS: "I Don′t Know Who You Think You Are, but Before the Night Is Through . . .."
INDEX: Sookie′s Words of the Day.

Recenzii

Can John Locke′s memory theory explain the nature of vampire identity? Is there a PETA message buried in True Blood′s take on vampire–human relations? These and other biting issues constitute the smart and amusing essays in the latest William Irwin–edited Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series (after Mad Men and Philosophy). Authors invoke the likes of Kant, Sartre, and Freud and approach their topics with the seriousness of a devoted fan balanced with the levity and wit the series is known for. More than one essay focusing on God and vampires duplicate efforts, but highlights include Christopher Robichaud′s examination of consent in creating a vampire, William M. Curtis′s discussion of metaphor and the mainstreaming of blood suckers, Ron Hirschbein′s exploration of the "Edible Complex," and Patricia Brace and Robert Arp′s analysis of the not–so–subtle similarities between vampire rights and gay rights. These easily–digestible philosophical morsels are perfect for fans of Jon Stewart and anyone else who likes to laugh while they learn. (June) (PW.com, August 16, 2010)

Notă biografică

GEORGE A. DUNN is a lecturer at the University of Indianapolis and Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, China. He contributed to Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy, X–Men and Philosophy, Terminator and Philosophy, Twilight and Philosophy, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy, Iron Man and Philosophy, and Mad Men and Philosophy. REBECCA HOUSEL, a former professor of writing and popular culture, is now an author and editor serving on editorial advisory boards for the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture. She coedited Twilight and Philosophy and X–Men and Philosophy.
WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King′s College in Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy.