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Planet of the Apes and Philosophy: Great Apes Think Alike (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – May 28, 2013
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In this book, editor John Huss and a stellar cast of contemporary philosophers parse out the many philosophical issues brought about in thinking of the movie Planet of the Apes. Like Cavell, the authors of this collection show that a movie of high-entertainment and deep pop-culture status is able to evoke through metaphor and powerful storytelling a range of unsettling issues brought on by interspecies love; warfare between species, resemblance and the resultant identity crises brought on by the commingling of two species, and the fight for domination and power. Issues tackled in this book include: Ape Ethics, Ape Identity, Ape Politics, Ape Equality and Ape Science. The writing throughout this entertaining book is first-rate as is the thinking. Of particular interest are John Huss's "Serkis Act", Massimo Pigliucci's essay on genetic egineering, Lori Gruen and John S. Wilkins essays on ape ethics and Chad Timm's fascinating essay on the ape, Ceasar's identity crisis.Read more ›
I'm shaking my head. Having read this collection of essays cover-to-cover, I can't get over the presence of a number of recurring issues in books in the popular culture and philosophy genre. First and foremost, many of these essays are bad. There is a lack of clear focus and direction regarding the philosophical issues explored. There is poor sentence construction and bizarre use of the English language. There are mistakes in the use of certain words, and even made-up words. This particular book was not properly fact-checked or reviewed. The "curse of the book's editor" struck twice. And finally, yes, we have the ever-present typographical errors, the most popular of which in this book was the "missing comma". All of these failings conspired to make this collection of essays a disappointing reading experience.
On the front cover, the screenwriters of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, proclaim "Fascinating and thought-provoking. A great read!" Perhaps while high as a kite, or if you're just beginning to learn how to read English, but not under any other circumstances that I can imagine. Did these two read the same book that I read? One wonders. Also, the front cover has a still of the famous kiss between Charlton Heston and Dr. Zira. Given this, surprisingly, this book lacked an obvious essay on the ethical issues regarding bestiality. It did cover animal rights and other issues related to animals, but an essay on bestiality would have been topical, I think, given the inter-species kiss of the first movie. Perhaps the Hollywood types would have objected. (Oh well.Read more ›