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Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts Paperback – September 10, 2004
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This book is a collection of essays on philosophical questions raised in the Harry Potter series. It would be a good adjunct for anyone taking a college level philosophy course, to see a practical application of using philosophy to aid in understanding literature - or the use of literature to understand philosophy!
In this series of books, prominent philosophers are being asked to comment on these charges and on the story contained in the movie. In contrast to the shrill, loud, emotionally loaded comments being made primarily to get attention to the commenter, here are thoughtful, reasoned essays that challenge the reader to think about and decide for himself about these charges.
These books make for absolutely delightful reading. It is a way to bring philosophy to the public in connection with a story that is familiar to a broad range of people.
If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts he wouldn't change a thing.
These Philosophers praise J.K. Rowlings for her character development of both the good and bad people in the books. They recognise, describe and praise her treatment of them and find her ideas mirrored in other philosphers. It's a fun read most of the time but to me the praise of that most uncommon of all qualities 'Common Sense' found in Rowlings was a pleasure.
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Some of the essays in this collection are better than others. A couple were fairly simplistic. The Ravenclaw section was pretty good... all about metaphysics. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tara
It feels as though they just took Harry Potter and threw philosophy in it. It was an interesting read but a few of the essays ended up feeling slower than nessisary, to the point I... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Shawnda Babcock
Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. Read more
Thought-provoking...A great study tool for kids who love Harry Potter!Published 24 months ago by Starboard
Great for Potterphiles that want to go beyond just reading Potter. Read this if you want to freak people out with just how much geek you can pull from the series. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Fay Brewer
Bought as a small gift for someone. Do not know if they liked it or not. Have not heard from them since gift was sent.Published on January 7, 2014 by grannyp