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A Philosophy of Boredom

It has been defined as a "tame longing with none specific item" by means of Schopenhauer, "a bestial and indefinable illness" via Dostoevsky, and "time's invasion of your international procedure" through Joseph Brodsky, yet nonetheless only a few folks at the present time can clarify accurately what boredom is. A Philosophy of Boredom investigates one of many imperative preoccupations of our age because it probes the character of boredom, the way it originated, how and why it afflicts us, and why we can't appear to triumph over it by way of any act of will.

Lars Svendsen brings jointly observations from philosophy, literature, psychology, theology, and pop culture, analyzing boredom's pre-Romantic manifestations in medieval torpor, philosophical musings on boredom from Pascal to Nietzsche, and sleek explorations into alienation and transgression by way of twentieth-century artists from Beckett to Warhol. A witty and exciting account of our dullest moments and such a lot maddening days, A Philosophy of Boredom will attract someone curious to grasp what lies underneath the overpowering inertia of inactivity.

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World of Warcraft and Philosophy: Wrath of the Philosopher King (Popular Culture and Philosophy Book 45)

Recognized through the Guinness booklet of worldwide Records because the most well-liked mmog (massively multiplayer on-line role-playing online game) in videogame heritage, World of Warcraft is far and wide — from episodes of South Park and The Simpsons, to on-line sequence like Watch the Guild, accolades and awards from online game critics, and prime-time advertisements with Mr. T. unavoidably, this sort of cultural phenomenon triggers deeper questions. whilst does an assumed identification turn into genuine? Does the Corrupted Blood epidemic warn us of destiny public well-being catastrophes? What are the risks while actual existence is invaded by means of occasions within the video game? What can our personal global examine from Azeroth’s combination of primitivism and high-tech? In those energetic essays, a especially commissioned guild of philosophers, together with Yara Mitsuishi, Monica Evans, Tim Christopher, and Anna Janssen, tackles those and different advanced questions bobbing up from WoW.

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The Devil and Philosophy: The Nature of His Game (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Robert Arp

In The satan and Philosophy, 34 philosophers discover questions on probably the most recognizable and influential characters (villains?) of all time. From Roman Polanski's The 9th Gate to J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion to Bram Stoker's Dracula to Darth Vader to Al Pacino's iconic functionality in The Devil's Advocate, this publication demonstrates little satan is going far. From funny appearances, as in Kevin Smith's movie Dogma and Chuck Palahniuk's novels Damned and Doomed, to extra villainous appearances, resembling Gabriel Byrne's chilly day trip as devil in End of Days, The satan in Philosophy proves that the satan is available in many forms.

Are there any reliable arguments for the particular life of the satan? Does demonic evil thrive in Gotham urban? Can people fairly be liable for all evil? Which truths in regards to the satan are genuine proof? Is Milton right, in that the satan believes he's doing strong? in the course of the lenses of Jung, Kant, Kundera, Balkan, Plato, Bradwardine, Aristotle, Hume, Blackburn, Descartes, Lavey, Thoreau, and Aquinas, The satan and Philosophy takes a philosophical examine one in all time's maximum characters.

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National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life

By Tim Edensor

The Millennium Dome, Braveheart and Rolls Royce vehicles. How do cultural icons reproduce and remodel a feeling of nationwide id? How does nationwide identification differ throughout time and house, how is it contested, and what has been the effect of globalization upon nationwide identification and tradition? This ebook examines how nationwide identification is represented, played, spatialized and materialized via pop culture and in way of life. nationwide id is printed to be inherent within the issues we frequently take without any consideration from landscapes and consuming behavior, to tourism, cinema and track. Our particular event of vehicle possession and motoring can improve a feeling of belonging, when Hollywood blockbusters and nationwide exhibitions offer contexts for the continuing, and sometimes contested, technique of nationwide id formation. those and a wealth of different cultural types and practices are explored, with examples drawn from Scotland, the united kingdom as a complete, India and Mauritius. This publication addresses the massive overlook of renowned cultures in fresh experiences of nationalism and contributes to debates at the courting among 'high' and 'low' tradition.

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The Philosophy of the Western (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

The western is arguably the main iconic and influential style in American cinema. The solitude of the lone rider, the loyalty of his horse, and the unstated code of the West render the style renowned but lead it to provide a view of America's heritage that's occasionally faulty. for plenty of, the western embodies the USA and its values. in recent times, students had declared the western style useless, yet a gradual resurgence of western subject matters in literature, movie, and tv has reestablished the style as some of the most important.

In The Philosophy of the Western, editors Jennifer L. McMahon and B. Steve Csaki study philosophical issues within the western style. Investigating matters of nature, ethics, id, gender, environmentalism, and animal rights, the essays draw from a variety of westerns together with the new renowned and significant successes Unforgiven (1992), all of the lovely Horses (2000), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), and No state for outdated males (2007), in addition to literature and tv serials resembling Deadwood. The Philosophy of the Western finds the impact of the western at the American psyche, filling a void within the present scholarship of the style.

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The Philosophy of Tim Burton (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By David LaRocca

Director and manufacturer Tim Burton impresses audiences with wonderful visuals, sinister delusion worlds, and characters whose personalities are unusual and but established. Drawing notion from resources as diversified as Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dalí, Washington Irving, and Dr. Seuss, Burton's creations often elicit either alarm and sweetness. no matter if crafting an offbeat lively function, a box-office hit, a suite of brief fiction, or an artwork exhibition, Burton pushes the envelope, and he has emerged as a strong strength in modern renowned culture.

In The Philosophy of Tim Burton, a amazing workforce of students examines the philosophical underpinnings and value of the director's oeuvre, investigating motion pictures equivalent to Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare sooner than Christmas (1993), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Dark Shadows (2012). The essays during this quantity discover Burton's certain kind, frequently tense content material, and well known attraction via 3 thematic lenses: id, perspectives on authority, and aesthetic vision.

Covering subject matters starting from Burton's fascination with Victorian beliefs, to his get together of early life, to his own expression of the glorious, the individuals spotlight the filmmaker's odd narrative sort and his use of unreal settings to steered heightened know-how of the area we inhabit. The Philosophy of Tim Burton deals a penetrating and provocative examine considered one of Hollywood's such a lot influential auteurs.

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The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke

A lighthearted meditation at the philosophical quandaries of the hit tv convey The vast Bang Theory

Ever ask yourself what Aristotle may perhaps say concerning the lifestyles Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes might applaud the roommate contract? Who Immanuel Kant could deal with with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" And—most importantly—whether Wil Wheaton is really evil? after all you have got. Bazinga!

This e-book mines the deep taking into account a few of history's such a lot effective philosophical minds to discover your so much urgent questions on The great Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. chances are you'll locate different philosophy books on technological know-how and cosmology, yet in basic terms this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle.

  • Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights in your favourite Big Bang Theory characters, tale traces, and ideas
  • Examines vital issues regarding ethics and advantage, technology, semiotics, faith, and the human condition
  • Brings the contemplating a few of the world's maximum philosophers to undergo on The massive Bang Theory, from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and more

Essential examining for each Big Bang Theory fan, this e-book explores no matter if comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the nice existence, and whether or not they can understand adequate technological know-how to "tear the masks off nature and stare on the face of God."

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The Sopranos and Philosophy: I Kill Therefore I Am (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Richard Greene, Peter Vernezze

This selection of essays via philosophers who're additionally enthusiasts does a deep probe of the Sopranos, examining the adventures and personalities of Tony, Carmella, Livia, and the remainder of television's so much impossible to resist mafia relations for his or her metaphysical, epistemological, worth thought, jap philosophical, and modern postmodern probabilities. No past philosophical qualificationsor mob connections are required to take pleasure in those musings, that are awarded with a similar vibrancy and wit that experience made the convey the sort of hit.

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Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll

By M. G. Lord

Since Barbie's creation in 1959, her effect on child boomers has been innovative. faraway from being a toy designed by way of males to enslave ladies, she was once a toy invented by way of ladies to educate girls what-- for larger or worse-- was once anticipated of them. In telling Barbie's attention-grabbing tale, cultural critic and investigative journalist M. G. Lord, herself a first-generation Barbie proprietor, has written a provocative, zany, sometimes surprising publication that may switch the way you examine the doll and the world.

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman

By Jill Lepore

Wonder girl, created in 1941, on the point of global struggle II, is the most well-liked woman superhero of all time. apart from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the main large and wildly passionate following. like any different superhero, ask yourself lady has a mystery id. in contrast to others, she additionally has a mystery history. 

In Jill Lepore’s riveting paintings of old detection, ask yourself Woman’s tale presents the lacking hyperlink within the heritage of the fight for women’s rights—a chain of occasions that starts off with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the bothered position of feminism a century later. 

This version features a new afterword with clean revelations in response to by no means earlier than visible letters and images from the Marston family’s papers.

With 161 illustrations and sixteen pages in complete color

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