The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles

By William Irwin, Gregory Bassham

A philosophical exploration of the full seven-book Harry Potter series

Harry Potter has been heralded as essentially the most renowned e-book sequence of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the area of its final evil is among the many stuff that make this sequence certain. The final Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking sequence and takes fanatics again to Godric's hole to debate existence after loss of life, to contemplate what ethical reasoning drove Harry to decide on dying, and to discuss no matter if Sirius Black is a guy or a dog.

With book timed to coincide with the discharge of the motion picture Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this booklet often is the definitive advisor for all lovers seeking to savor the sequence on a deeper level.

  • Covers quite a number fascinating themes resembling the redemption of Severus Snape, the ability of affection, and future within the wizarding world
  • Gives you a brand new point of view on Harry Potter characters, plot traces, and themes
  • Makes an ideal significant other to the Harry Potter books and movies

Packed with attention-grabbing principles and insights, The final Harry Potter and Philosophy is a perfect better half for somebody attracted to unraveling the subtext and exploring the better matters at paintings within the story.

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Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes

By Adilifu Nama

Super Black locations the looks of black superheroes along extensive and sweeping cultural traits in American politics and pa tradition, which finds how black superheroes will not be disposable pop items, yet quite a desirable racial phenomenon during which futuristic expressions and magnificent visions of black racial identification and symbolic political which means are awarded. Adilifu Nama sees the value—and unearths new avenues for exploring racial identity—in black superheroes who're usually brushed aside as sidekicks, imitators of demonstrated white heroes, or are accused of getting no position outdoors of blaxploitation movie contexts.

Nama examines seminal black comedian publication superheroes reminiscent of Black Panther, Black Lightning, hurricane, Luke Cage, Blade, the Falcon, Nubia, and others, a few of whom additionally seem at the small and big monitors, in addition to how the imaginary black superhero has come to lifestyles within the snapshot of President Barack Obama. Super Black explores how black superheroes are a robust resource of racial that means, narrative, and mind's eye in American society that specific a myriad of racial assumptions, political views, and very good (re)imaginings of black identification. The publication additionally demonstrates how those figures brazenly signify or implicitly represent social discourse and permitted knowledge pertaining to notions of racial reciprocity, equality, forgiveness, and finally, racial justice.

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Badass: The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned

By Ben Thompson

From sex-crazed gods to starving monsters, Ben Thompson brings mythical titans to lifestyles in stories of event, bloodlust, and unrelenting badassitude.

because the starting of human background humans have created myths, tall stories, superheroes, and arch-villains—men and ladies who launched into insane adventures, played impressive feats of extraordinary awesomeness, and overcame all odds to violently smite their foes into bloody pulp. In Badass: The start of a Legend, Ben Thompson compiles those fantastical stories from the start of time to this day and tells them within the thoroughly over-the-top demeanour within which they have been meant, together with:

The Indian god-king who led a military of monkeys opposed to the King of All Demons

The Viking god of thunder and striking hair, who beaten the skulls of giants with a ridiculously large hammer

An Anglo-Saxon hero so hardcore he may arm-wrestle monsters' joints out in their sockets

The hate-filled literary behemoth who obliterated send hulls along with his face

The Norse necromancer queen who summoned a horde of zombie berserkers

Dirty Harry Callahan
The prototypical modern day antihero and extremely embodiment of badass

From Publishers Weekly
In his first booklet, Badass, Thompson, writer of the website, excited about warlords, samurai, pirates, and gunfighters who really existed; during this follow-up, he turns to mythological badasses all through heritage. From Anubis and Zeus to Capt. James T. Kirk and Godzilla, Thompson can provide certain and adrenaline-fueled screeds on forty characters "whose tales of ball-crushing conquest are nonetheless amazing adequate to make even the tamest readers are looking to grab up a sword and cross looking for dragon meat." topics comprise El Chupacabra ("this freakadelic ass-reaming spawn of Satan"); Diomedes ("the wanton slaughter of faceless jobbers is simply the start of awesomeness"); and, in a long-overdue tribute, the Daleks from health practitioner Who ("these murderous, computerized salt-shakers are vile constructs of natural evil"). thankfully, the publication comprises badass girls in addition to males, and Thompson's overheated prose rises even extra whilst describing the Indian goddess Kali: "When she's no longer eating the entrails of the gods, getting under the influence of alcohol on human blood, acting her Dance of Annihilation... she shoots blood out of her mouth like a hearth hose... she's pretty well the main completely steel being ever." (Mar.)
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About the Author
Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of an internet site in view that 2004, and has written funny history-related columns for shops corresponding to Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the yankee Mustache Institute. although he's by no means flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched a person so not easy that his head exploded, he's thought of by way of many to be the world's most popular professional on badassitude. His first booklet, Badass, was once published in 2009.

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Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series)

By Allan F. Moore

The musicological examine of well known tune has constructed, fairly over the last 20 years, into a longtime point of the self-discipline. the tutorial neighborhood is now good put to debate precisely what's going in any instance of renowned song and the theoretical starting place for such analytical paintings has additionally been laid, even if there's as but no basic contract over all of the info of renowned song concept. besides the fact that, this specialise in the what of musical element has left mostly untouched the bigger query - so what? What are the results of such theorization and research? students from outdoor musicology have usually argued that too shut a spotlight on musicological aspect has left untouched what they give thought to to be extra pressing questions with regards to reception and which means. students from inside of musicology have spoke back via uploading into musicological dialogue numerous facets of cultural concept. it truly is in that culture that this booklet lies, even if its concentration is a little diverse. what's lacking from the sector, at the moment, is a coherent improvement of the what into the so what of song thought and research into questions of interpretation and hermeneutics. it really is that primary hole that this publication seeks to fill. Allan F. Moore offers a research of recorded renowned music, from the recordings of the Nineteen Twenties via to the current day. research and interpretation are handled as separable yet interdependent techniques to tune. Analytical conception is revisited, overlaying traditional domain names akin to concord, melody and rhythm, yet doesn't privilege those on the price of domain names corresponding to texture, the soundbox, vocal tone, and lyrics. those latter components are hugely major within the adventure of many listeners, yet are usually neglected or poorly taken care of in analytical paintings. Moore maintains by means of constructing a variety of hermeneutic thoughts mostly drawn from outdoor the sphere (strategies originating, within the so much half, inside psychology and philosophy) yet nonetheless deeply r

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Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture

By Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, Bob Batchelor, K. A. Laity, Mauricio Espinoza

Despite the growing to be significance of heroines throughout literary culture—and revenues figures that exhibit either younger grownup and females are interpreting approximately heroines in droves, quite in image novels, comedian books, and YA literature—few scholarly collections have tested the complicated relationships among the representations of heroines and the altering societal roles for either girls and men.

In Heroines of comedian Books and Literature: Portrayals in well known Culture, editors Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, and Bob Batchelor have chosen essays by means of award-winning members that provide numerous views at the representations of heroines in today’s society. all for revealed media, this assortment appears at heroic girls depicted in literature, photograph novels, manga, and comedian books. Addressing heroines from such assets because the wonder and DC comedian universes, manga, and the Twilight novels, participants transcend the account of girls as moms, other halves, warriors, goddesses, and damsels in distress.

These enticing and demanding essays situate heroines inside of tradition, revealing them as tricky and self-sufficient ladies who usually holiday the boundaries of gender expectancies in areas readers won't count on. interpreting how girls are and feature been represented in print, this spouse quantity to Heroines of movie and Television will entice students of literature, rhetoric, and media in addition to to broader audiences which are drawn to portrayals of girls in renowned culture.

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Spider-Man and Philosophy: The Web of Inquiry

Untangle the advanced internet of philosophical dilemmas of Spidey and his world—in time for the discharge of The notable Spider-Man movie

Since Stan Lee and surprise brought Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, everyone’s favourite webslinger has had a protracted occupation in comics, picture novels, cartoons, videos, or even on Broadway. during this publication a few of history’s strongest philosophers support us discover the iconic questions and concerns surrounding this liked superhero: Is Peter Parker in charge for the dying of his uncle? Does nice energy quite deliver nice accountability? Can Spidey champion justice and be with Mary Jane whilst? discovering your means via this internet of inquiry, you’ll detect solutions to those and lots of different thought-provoking questions.

  • Gives you a clean point of view and insights on Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s tale strains and ideas
  • Examines vital philosophical concerns and questions, equivalent to: what's it to dwell a very good lifestyles? Do our specific skills include responsibilities? What position may still friendship play in existence? Is there any desiring to life?
  • Views Spider-Man in the course of the lens of a few of history’s so much influential thinkers, from Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant to Nietszche, William James, Ayn Rand, and Alasdair MacIntyre


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The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy: The Lion, the Witch and the Worldview

The Chronicles of Narnia sequence has entertained thousands of readers, either childrens and adults, because the visual appeal of the 1st booklet in 1950. right here, students flip the lens of philosophy on those undying stories. Engagingly written for a lay viewers, those essays contemplate a wealth of subject matters headquartered at the moral, non secular, mythic, and ethical resonances within the adventures of Aslan, the Pevensie kids, and the remainder of the colourful forged. Do the impressive occasions in Narnia supply readers a simplistic view of human selection and determination making? Does Aslan supply an answer to the matter of evil? What does the nature of Susan inform readers approximately Lewis's view of gender? How does Lewis handle the Nietzschean "master morality" embraced through many of the villains of the Chronicles? With those and a variety of different questions, this provocative e-book takes a clean view of the realm of Narnia and expands readers' adventure of it.

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The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Gregory Bassham, Eric Bronson

The Lord of the jewelry is meant to be appropriate to the true international of relationships, faith, excitement, ache, and politics. Tolkien himself acknowledged that his grand story of wizards, orcs, hobbits, and elves was once geared toward fact and solid morals within the genuine world.
Analysis of the preferred allure of The Lord of the earrings (on web pages and somewhere else) exhibits that Tolkien enthusiasts are hungry for dialogue of the pressing ethical and cosmological concerns coming up out of this fabulous epic story.
Can political strength be wielded for solid, or needs to it usually corrupt? Does expertise smash the really human? Is it morally mistaken to renounce desire? will we locate which means in probability events?
In The Lord of the jewelry and Philosophy, seventeen younger philosophy professors, them all ardent Tolkien enthusiasts and so much of them individuals to the 4 past volumes within the pop culture and Philosophy sequence, deal with a few of these very important concerns and convey how clues to their ideas might be present in the imaginary global of Middle-earth. The ebook is split into 5 sections, interested in energy and the hoop, the search for Happiness, reliable and Evil in Middle-earth, Time and Mortality, and the Relevance

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Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter

By Steven Johnson

Put out of your mind every little thing you’ve ever examine the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification tradition. during this provocative, unfailingly clever, completely researched, and strangely convincing large notion e-book, Steven Johnson attracts from fields as diversified as neuroscience, economics, and media conception to argue that the popular culture we soak in each day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand robbery Auto to The Simpsons—has been becoming extra subtle with each one passing yr, and, faraway from rotting our brains, is de facto posing new cognitive demanding situations which are truly making our minds measurably sharper. After interpreting Everything undesirable is sweet for You, you are going to by no means regard the glow of the online game or tv reveal an identical manner again.


With a brand new afterword by means of the author.

Steven Johnson's most modern e-book, How We bought to Now, is now on hand from Riverhead Books.

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