The Philosophy of The X-Files (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

In The Philosophy of The X-Files, Dean A. Kowalski has accrued a extraordinary forged of members to make clear the philosophical mysteries of the tv convey The X-Files. With sections dedicated to the show's credos, resembling "The fact Is Out There," person characters, and particular episodes, The Philosophy of The X-Files illuminates the philosophical assumptions and presuppositions of the convey in addition to offers discussions in the course of the exhibit to assist the reader greater comprehend philosophy and philosophical inquiry.

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Riddle Me This, Batman!: Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight

From his first comic-book visual appeal in 1939 via his many incarnations at the vast monitor, the archetypal superhero referred to as The Batman hasn't ever been faraway from the yankee realization. the nature formed the way in which we learn comics and image novels, view movies, and research the motifs of the Hero, the Anti-Hero and the Villain. He has additionally captured the scholarly mind's eye, telling us a lot approximately our society and ourselves. those essays study how Batman is either the canvas on which our cultural id is painted, and the everlasting different that informs our personal trips of knowing. Questions with regards to quite a lot of disciplines--philosophy, literature, psychology, popular culture, and more--are completely and entertainingly explored, in a way that might charm either to students and to fanatics of the Caped Crusader alike.

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SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics lived at the New York occasions bestseller record for an remarkable years. Now authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner go back with extra iconoclastic insights and observations in SuperFreakonomics—the lengthy awaited follow-up to their New York instances Notable blockbuster. Based on innovative study and unique experiences SuperFreakonomics promises to once more problem our view of how the realm really works.

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Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul

By Mark D. White, Robert Arp, William Irwin

Why does not Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?

will we carry the Joker morally liable for his actions?

Is Batman larger than Superman?

If every body Batman's example,

could Gotham be a greater place?

what's the Tao of the Bat?

Batman is among the most complicated characters ever to seem in comedian books, photo novels, and at the great monitor. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront with the intention to preserve Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv indicates, and flicks, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his identification challenge, the ethical weight he incorporates to avenge his murdered mom and dad, and masses extra. How does this caped crusader degree up opposed to the lessons of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

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Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

By Daniel B. Kline

From memorable mess ups similar to New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered mess ups akin to Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst rules Ever revisits history’s largest errors. even if it’s a popular culture failure the likes of Dennis Miller’s disastrous run on Monday evening soccer, a political one reminiscent of John Edwards’ bizarre choice to run for president whereas dishonest on his cancer-stricken spouse, or a technological misstep corresponding to Apple’s Newton OS, Worst rules Ever uncovers the ridiculous tales in the back of errors so large, you’ll need to continually remind your self that they really happened.

relocating from Mariah Carey’s “performance” in Glitter to the Minnesota Vikings determination to alternate away their destiny for an getting older Herschel Walker, Worst rules Ever bargains the true tales in the back of a number of the dumbest issues ever performed. even if it used to be ego (Michael Jordan leaving basketball for baseball), greed (nobody wondering their impossibly excessive returns whilst making an investment with Bernie Madoff) or basic stupidity ( Jay Leno relocating to ten p.m.), Worst rules Ever brings all of it again in hilarious detail.

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Hip-Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Tommie Shelby

Is there an excessive amount of violence in hip-hop song? What’s the adaptation among Kimberly Jones and the artist Lil' Kim? Is hip-hop tradition a "black" factor? Is it ok for N.W.A. to name themselves niggaz and for Dave Chappelle to name every body bitches? those witty, provocative essays reflect on those and different thorny questions, linking the searing cultural concerns implicit — and infrequently specific — in hip-hop to the weighty concerns tested by means of the good philosophers of the prior. The booklet exhibits that rap classics via Lauryn Hill, OutKast, and the infamous B.I.G. may also help discover the meanings of affection articulated in Plato's Symposium; that Rakim, 2Pac, and Nas can make clear the belief of God's essence expressed in St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica; and explores the relationship among Run-D.M.C., Snoop Dogg, and Hegel. Hip-Hop and Philosophy proves that rhyme and cause, faraway from being incompatible, will be combined and mastered to think about life's such a lot profound mysteries.

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Superman and Philosophy: What Would the Man of Steel Do?

By Mark D. White

Go past the cape and into the brain of the guy of metal, in time for unlock of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel motion picture and Superman's seventy fifth anniversary

He has extremely joyful thousands for seventy five years, with a legacy that transcends nationwide, cultural, and generational borders, yet is there extra to the fellow of metal than simply your commonplace mythic superhero in a cape? The 20 chapters during this ebook current a desirable exploration of a few of the deeper philosophical questions raised by way of Superman, the final Son of Krypton and the latest hero within the Blackwell Philosophy and dad tradition arsenal.

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The Onion and Philosophy: Fake News Story True, Alleges Indignant Area Professor (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

The Onion, with its specified model of deadpan satirical humor, has turn into a well-recognized a part of the yank scene. The newspaper has a readership of over one million, and it reaches thousands extra with its spin-off books and The Onion information community. The Onion has proven us that normal methods of pondering the inside track have their ugly and foolish part, and this invitations philosophical exam. Twenty-one philosophers have been commissioned to determine simply what makes the Onion so honest and insightful. Are the Onion writers really cynical, or simply cynically faking it? Does the Onion relatively have a major standpoint on faith? On intercourse? On politics? Who cares what sector guy thinks? If everyone’s so dumb, how come such a lot of Onion readers carry on giggling at how dumb they are?

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Encyclopedia Gothica

By Liisa Ladouceur

Encyclopedia Gothica is a advisor via that shadowiest of subcultures: glossy Goths. It collects and defines greater than six hundred phrases and words utilized by those youngsters of the evening so you can also interact in conversations approximately deathhawks and rivetheads and who's extra u¨bergoth: Bela Lugosi or Robert Smith. Compiled by means of acclaimed Goth journalist and poet Liisa Ladouceur, it provides readers perception into the original vernacular of this interesting group, describing intimately and with black humour the style, track, and way of life in addition to sharing insider slang comparable to child Bat, Corp Goth and the Gothic Two-Step, and the 1st ever Goth Band genealogy. From absinthe to zombies, it’s the Encyclopedia Gothica!

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The Psychology of Dexter (Psychology of Popular Culture)

Dexter Morgan: Police forensic analyst. family members guy. Serial killer. And the superstar of Showtime’s most-watched sequence, Dexter.

Aimed at Dexter devotees and armchair psychologists, The Psychology of Dexter takes at the mental complexities of the preferred sequence with an eye fixed in the direction of perception and accessibility. It analyzes not only the identify personality, yet his family members, coworkers, or even his audience. What makes Dexter tick? And what makes a exhibit a couple of serial killer so attractive to these people at home?

From the consequences of faking normalcy (could or not it's at the back of Dexter’s still-in-progress emotional growth?) to the place the convey weighs in at the mental debate among nature and nurture, The Psychology of Dexter offers fanatics a peek within Dexter’s—and Dexter’s—psyche.

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