The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By William Irwin, Mark T. Conard

This unconventional and lighthearted advent to the guidelines of the most important Western philosophers examines The Simpsons — TV’s favourite lively relations. The authors glance past the jokes, the crudeness, the assaults on society — and spot a smart reveal of irony, social feedback, and philosophical proposal. The writers start with an exam of the characters. Does Homer really demonstrate Aristotle’s virtues of personality? In what manner does Bart exemplify American pragmatism? The ebook additionally examines the ethics and subject matters of the convey, and concludes with discussions of ways the sequence displays the paintings of Aristotle, Marx, Camus, Sartre, and different thinkers.

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Twilight and History (Wiley Pop Culture and History Series)

The first examine the historical past at the back of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight sequence, timed to unlock with the 3rd motion picture, Eclipse

The characters of the Twilight Saga hold a wealthy historical past that shapes their identities and activities over the process the sequence. Edward, for example, may perhaps appear like a seventeen-year-old youngster heartthrob, yet was once really born in 1901 and died in the course of the Spanish Influenza of 1918. His followed sister, Alice, was once imprisoned in an insane asylum in 1920 and taken care of so badly there that even changing into a vampire used to be a welcome break out. This e-book is the 1st to discover the historical past at the back of the Twilight Saga's characters and their tales. You’ll know about what existence could have been like for Jasper Whitlock Hale, the accomplice vampire who fought in the course of the Civil battle, Carlisle Cullen, the Puritan witch hunter-turned-vampire who participated within the witchcraft persecutions in Early sleek England, and the heritage of the Quileute tradition that formed Jacob and his humans —and a lot more.

  • Gives you the ancient backdrop for Twilight Saga characters and events
  • Adds a complete new size to the Twilight novels and movies
  • Offers clean insights on vampires, romance, and history

Twilight and History is an important better half for each Twilight fan, even if you've gotten simply gotten into the sequence or have it because the beginning.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy: Everything Is Fire

By Eric Bronson, William Irwin

The crucial significant other to Stieg Larsson's bestselling trilogy and director David Fincher's 2011 movie adaptation

Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy—The woman with the Dragon Tattoo, the woman Who performed with Fire, and The woman Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest—is a world phenomenon. those books show Larsson's lifelong conflict opposed to injustice, his moral ideals, and his deep crisis for women's rights. The lady with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy probes the compelling philosophical concerns at the back of the whole trilogy. What philosophies do Lisbeth Salander and Kant have in universal? To capture a legal, can Lisbeth and Mikael be criminals themselves? Can revenge be moral? Drawing on a few of history's maximum philosophical minds, this ebook supplies clean insights into Larsson's ingeniously plotted story of crime and corruption.

  • Looks at compelling philosophical matters resembling a feminist studying of Lisbeth Salander, Aristotelian arguments for why we like revenge, how Kant can clarify why such a lot of ladies sleep with Mikael Blomkvist, and plenty of more
  • Includes a bankruptcy from a colleague of Larsson's—who labored with him in anti-Nazi activities—that explores Larsson's philosophical perspectives on skepticism and charges from never-before-seen correspondence with Larsson
  • Offers new insights into the novels' key characters, together with Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and investigates the writer, Stieg Larsson

As engrossing because the quest to loose Lisbeth Salander from her previous, The woman with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy is perfect interpreting for an individual attracted to unraveling the subtext and exploring the higher concerns at paintings within the story.

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The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines

By Mike Madrid

The Supergirls is a protracted past due tribute to the great struggling with ladies whose attractiveness and bravado brighten the pages of your favourite comics.”—STAN LEE

“A considerate, finished background of girls in comics . . . The Supergirls gleefully celebrates the medium itself, in all its goofy, wonderful excess.” —NPR “Best 5 Books To proportion together with your buddies” citation

“Sharp and lively—and simply obsessive adequate approximately ladies who put on capes and boots to be cool yet no longer creepy. [Madrid] in actual fact loves these items. And he is sufficient of a historian as a way to hint the ways that the portrayal of sirens and supergirls has echoed society's ever-changing emotions approximately ladies and sex.” —Entertainment Weekly

Has ask yourself girl hit the comedian publication glass ceiling? Is that the single competition that even her Amazonian power can’t defeat? pleasing and informative, The Supergirls explores iconic superheroines and what it potential for the tradition once they do every little thing the superhero does, simply in thongs and excessive heels.

This much-needed substitute heritage of yankee comedian publication icons—from ask yourself girl to Supergirl and beyond—delves into the place those crime-fighting adult females slot in pop culture and why, and what their tales say concerning the function of ladies in society from their construction to now, and into the future.

Mike Madrid is the writer of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: misplaced Heroines of Golden Age Comics (forthcoming from Exterminating Angel Press in October 2013) and The Supergirls: type, Feminism, myth, and the background of comedian publication Heroines, an NPR “Best ebook To proportion together with your buddies” and American Library organization Amelia Bloomer undertaking awesome publication. Madrid, a San Francisco local and lifetime fan of comedian books and pop culture, additionally looks within the documentary Wonder ladies! The Untold tale of yank Superheroines.

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Continue reading →'s Epic Book of Mind-Boggling Top 10 Lists: Unbelievable Facts and Astounding Trivia on Movies, Music, Crime, Celebrities, History, and More

By Jamie Frater

CRAZY-BUT-TRUE evidence, strange OCCURRENCES, DESPICABLE CRIMES, extraordinary files, incredible CREATURES, and lots of extra surprising ODDITIES
Delving into the stunning part of popular culture, technological know-how, and heritage,'s Epic e-book of Mind-Boggling Lists deals a wealth of attention-grabbing studying with over two hundred lists and greater than 2,000 attention-grabbing proof, including:

•Alien Artifacts
•Creepy city Legends
•Bizarre homicide Weapons
•Horrific television Accidents
•Outrageous Rock Tales
•Twisted Circus Acts
•Terrifying Villains
•Crazy-but-True motion picture Plots
•Dirty CIA Operations
•Monstrously Evil Babysitters
•Strange Hamburger Facts
•Animal Freaks of Nature
•Mind-Blowing applied sciences

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Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness on the Edge of Truth (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Randall E. Auxier, Doug Anderson

Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness at the fringe of Truth

Known because the operating man's poet, the Boardwalk prophet, or just, the Boss. If "love is a ceremonial dinner at which we feed," Bruce Springsteen has supplied a lot nutrients for suggestion. during this number of metaphysical probes, a gang of E-street philosophers will undress Bruce's deeper mysteries like impossible to resist Jersey ladies. Can Springsteen settle the nature-nurture debate via his tune "Born to Run"? What do the well-known thinker Ricuoer and Springsteen have in universal of their depiction of time? those die-hard Springsteen lovers, who simply take place to be philosophers, bring together an enjoyable guide to the sphere of Springsteen reviews, overlaying subject matters like Springsteen's connection to Marx and the proletariat, Springsteen's inspiration of the soul, and his prestige as a poet.

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Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

The comedian booklet naratives of superheroes strive against with profound and hectic matters in unique methods: the definitions of fine and evil, the bounds of violence as a good ability, the perils of implementing justice outdoor the legislation, the metaphysics of private id, and the definition of humanity.
Superheroes and Philosophy tackles those and different philosophical questions in an highbrow but attractive manner appropriate for any comedian ebook fan.

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I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)

By Alex Bentley

Humans are, at the start, social creatures. And this, based on the authors of I'll Have What She's Having, shapes -- and explains -- so much of our offerings. we are not simply blindly pushed by means of hard-wired instincts to seek or assemble or reproduce; our judgements are in line with greater than "nudges" exploiting person cognitive quirks.

I'll Have What She's Having indicates us how we use the brains of others to imagine for us and as space for storing for wisdom in regards to the global. the tale zooms out from the person to small teams to the complexities of populations. It describes, between different issues, how buzzwords propagate and the way rules unfold; how the swine flu scare turned a deadly disease; and the way centred social studying by way of a couple of will get amplified as copying via the hundreds. It describes how principles, habit, and tradition unfold during the easy technique of doing what others do.

It is notoriously tough to alter habit. for each "Yes we will be able to" political slogan, there are literally thousands of "Just Say No" buttons. I'll Have What She's Having deals a realistic map to assist us navigate the advanced global of social habit, a vital advisor for a person who desires to know how humans behave and the way to start to alter things.

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