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Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords Paperback – March 13, 2012
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Henry Jacoby teaches philosophy at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He is the editor of House and Philosophy and a contributor to South Park and Philosophy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But it is a terrific book for an introductory undergraduate course. I see A Song of Ice and Fire as one marvelous thought experiment. You want your students to read Hobbes' Leviathan, and, more importantly, to understand what all this is about? Then make them analyze a situation in Westeros. You want them to remember Jus ad bellum and Jus in bello conditions of Just War theory? Make them analyze War of the Five Kings. Or you want to teach them some of Machiavelli writings, with good examples? You can do it with all these beautifully crafted characters, very realistic and humane. They will be forced to think, and to think hard, in order to argue, for example, for or against the proposition that Ned Stark with all his honor and loyalty is as bad for Westeros, as Cersei Lannister with her lust for power. Which is exactly a goal of an introductory course - to learn something historical, and to learn how to think about difficult issues.
It is very good that modern pop culture from time to time provides such a great educational tool. I really do not like to teach ethics and political philosophy, it is not my area of specialization, but, with some help from this book, it will be less torture for me, and more pleasure for my students.
The "Editor's Note on Spoilers" advises "some readers" who are fans of the HBO series may not have read all five books upon which the series is based, and that they may wish to "delay reading" of six of the 20 chapters. First, most readers of this book most likely will only be fans of the HBO series, and not have read a single book, like myself. Asking them to "delay reading" almost one out of every three essays will most likely result in those essays never ever being read. For those readers that ignore this warning, the spoilers may be confusing at best, upsetting at worst. Second, I disagree with the Editor's Note that "[M]any of the philosophical quandaries can't be discussed without looking at events across the five books". Wrong. Everything covered in these essays is found in Season 1.
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I can think of two themes that should have been addressed in this book that were not. First off, where is the essay that deals with the morality of incest?Read more ›
Secondly, the book suffers from amateur and shallow essays that betray a lack of deep, nuanced, and even balanced philosophical thought on the part of its authors. In any case, for example, on page 214, we are met with the blanket statement, seemingly devoid of historical nuance that "medieval chivalry was homophobic, sexist, classist, ableist, and probably racist too." While there could possibly be an element of truth to something in that statement, the manner in which it is framed, without qualification, strikes me as rather amateur. And so on. This book is filled with many general philosophical statements.Read more ›
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As an introduction to philosophical/political thought, this is an ok book. Many of the essays repeat themselves about the main characters but lack the depth of a full analysis. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Stuart
Great item, excellent price and super fast shipping. Thank you.Published 7 months ago by Michael Potter
This book is a waste. I am a philosopher. A real one. An analytic philosopher in a top American PhD program working on Social Epistemology (actually where it began). Read morePublished 18 months ago by krimbuskrogan
Decent, kinda of simplistic though. I was really fascinated in this book because I love ASOIF and love a good philosophy argument. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Raven K
Not helpful, nor insightful. I thought it would give me additional information about the book. However, it did not meet my expectations.Published on May 29, 2014 by Cynthia S. Ruglovsky
I bought this book for my 70+ year old mother who is a huge GOT fan. She was so thrilled and uses it as a reference guide.Published on April 12, 2014 by Lola
I have downloaded a few of the book about Game of Thrones. One of the first I read was "Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords". Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Bill Greenhalf