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Veronica Mars and Philosophy: Investigating the Mysteries of Life (Which is a Bitch Until You Die) (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) Paperback – June 3, 2014

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From the Back Cover

Is Veronica Mars a feminist icon?

Why does Veronica find it so hard to trust anyone?

Is Veronica morally justified in breaking the law in her quest for justice?

Is the portrayal of racial conflict in Veronica Mars a realistic depiction of contemporary society?

Is knowing the truth always such a good thing?

Veronica Mars and Philosophy features a thought-provoking introduction to philosophical issues developed in Veronica Mars, the critically acclaimed neo-noir detective series set in the fictional town of Neptune, California. Though it ran from 2004 to 2007, the dramatic hit show has achieved a cult-like status and has even inspired a new feature film. Couched in the popular show’s intricate plotting, witty dialog, and highly intelligent scripts, this book explores issues relating to trust, friendship, revenge, knowledge, skepticism, race, class, gender, and feminism. The authors reveal the complex moral make-up of Veronica, the smartly sarcastic high school teen and amateur investigator, as she solves mysteries and deals with life-changing events. Veronica Mars and Philosophy offers fans and newcomers alike insights into the philosophical issues related to crime solving and to some of the larger mysteries of life, illustrated by our street-wise, smart, and fascinating hero. 

About the Author

George A. Dunn is a Lecturer at the University of Indianapolis and the Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, China. A writer on pop culture and philosophy, Dunn is the co-editor of Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy (2013), The Hunger Games and Philosophy (2012), and True Blood and Philosophy (2010).

William Irwin (series editor) is Professor of Philosophy at King’s College, USA. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as co-editor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen titles including House and Philosophy, Batman and Philosophy, and South Park and Philosophy.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118843703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118843703
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suyo on January 29, 2015
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The famous Veronica Mars line "the people you love let you down" applies aptly to this collection of unremarkable essays. In evoking it, however, I fall into the trap which afflicts the majority of the pieces. Though I consider the Pop Culture and Philosophy series to be wildly inconsistent in terms of quality, this volume falls decidedly on the lower quality spectrum. With the exception of the fantastic Rejena Saulsberry, Daniel A. Wilkenfeld, and James B. South pieces, the essays seem to be a desperate display by PhD candidates to flex their level of Veronica Mars fandom. Incongruous quotes are plentiful and penetrating insights are few and far between. This series of critical inquiries into pop culture is at its best when it is posing questions few viewers thought to ask. For the most part, this series safely reiterates commonly articulated observations about the show with a vague glaze of philosophical language. It is worth noting that this volume could be considered an unofficial sequel to the Rob Thomas edited Neptune Noir which — atrocious first essay aside — is a far more thought provoking collection of essays on Veronica Mars complete with Thomas's own insights.

When the volume gets it right, however, it does truly sing. Saulsberry's analysis of race in Veronica Mars is extremely productive, especially when locating seemingly deracialized characters in television for predominantly white audiences. The ease with which Saulsberry's analysis of Veronica Mars can be applied to other disparate series makes it a profoundly rewarding read. Wilkenfeld ventures into the contours of formal logic that Veronica uses in her investigations in a way which pushes the envelop in regards to the consideration of formal logic.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Veronica V. on October 27, 2014
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Love this book and Veronica Mars.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jo on January 18, 2015
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I knew this would be more philosophy than anything to do with Veronica Mars, but I couldn't even make it through the book it was so boring.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Penni Ellington on February 23, 2015
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Nothing wrong with the product, but the book is dead boring. Like your worst college textbook.
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0 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2014
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Could not wait to see this movie. It did not disappoint. Loved the TV series, that ended way to soon. Glad to see almost all the original characters are back in the movie. Hope there is another one. If you loved the TV series, this is, a must see.
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