Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser

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The perfect companion to Lewis Carroll's classic book and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins remain after their heads have faded away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and remembers forwards? Is it all just nonsense? Was Carroll under the influence?...

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Overview

The perfect companion to Lewis Carroll's classic book and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins remain after their heads have faded away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and remembers forwards? Is it all just nonsense? Was Carroll under the influence? This book probes the deeper underlying meaning in the Alice books, and reveals a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Tapping into some of the greatest philosophical minds that ever lived'Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche'Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life's ultimate questions through the eyes of perhaps the most endearing heroine in all of literature.

  • Looks at compelling issues such as perception and reality as well as how logic fares in a world of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passage
  • Offers new insights into favorite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, including the Mad Hatter and his tea party, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire Cat

Accessible and entertaining, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will enrich your experience of Alice's timeless adventures with new meaning and fun.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470558362
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #20
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 282,184
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD BRIAN DAVIS is an associate professor of philosophy at Tyndale University College and the coeditor of 24 and Philosophy.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: “It’s My Own Invention”— Yeah, Right!

Introduction: You’re Late for a Very Important Date.

PART ONE “WAKE UP, ALICE DEAR”.

1 Unruly Alice: A Feminist View of Some Adventures in Wonderland (Megan S. Lloyd).

2 Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow, but Never Jam Today: On Procrastination, Hiking, and . . . the Spice Girls? (Mark D. White).

3 Nuclear Strategists in Wonderland (Ron Hirschbein).

4 “You’re Nothing but a Pack of Cards!”: Alice Doesn’t Have a Social Contract (Dennis Knepp).

PART TWO “THAT’S LOGIC”.

5 “Six Impossible Things before Breakfast” (George A. Dunn and Brian McDonald).

6 Reasoning Down the Rabbit-Hole: Logical Lessons in Wonderland (David S. Brown).

7 Three Ways of Getting It Wrong: Induction in Wonderland (Brendan Shea).

8 Is There Such a Thing as a Language? (Daniel Whiting).

PART THREE “WE’RE ALL MAD HERE”.

9 Alice, Perception, and Reality: Jell-O Mistaken for Stones (Robert Arp).

10 How Deep Does the Rabbit-Hole Go?: Drugs and Dreams, Perception and Reality (Scott F. Parker).

11 Perspectivism and Tragedy: A Nietzschean Interpretation of Alice’s Adventure (Rick Mayock).

12 Wishing It Were Some Other Time: The Temporal Passage of Alice (Mark W. Westmoreland).

PART FOUR “WHO IN THE WORLD AM I?”.

13 Serious Nonsense (Charles Taliaferro and Elizabeth Olson).

14 “Memory and Muchness”: Alice and the Philosophy of Memory (Tyler Shores).

CONTRIBUTORS: Pawns and Pieces: As Arranged before Commencement of Game.

INDEX: “Down, Down, Down”: What You Will Find at the Bottom.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    DO YOU KNOW ALICE?

    I know most of you have read Alice in Wonderland but do you really know Alice? In the book, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) the authors delve deeper into the mind of Lewis Carroll. Was he as crazy as he seemed? In the story, he introduces us to strange characters such as a cat with a weird grin that stays after the cat leaves, a blue caterpillar, the Mad Hatter and many other fun characters.


    So what is the book about? The book is written by many talented authors who discuss the underlying meanings in the Alice books. I have never taken any formal philosophy classes but I heard the classes can be quite boring and difficult. I found the book easy to read and understand. The chapter that I liked the best was "Reasoning Down the Rabbit Hole: Logical Lessons in Wonderland." In that chapter, the author talks about what logic and assumptions are. He uses Alice's adventures to help explain what Carroll was trying to teach us about logic and life itself. I enjoyed the book and I recommend it to anyone who wants to dig deeper into the mind of Lewis Carroll.


    I was given a free copy from FSB assosciates for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Alice In Wonderland and Philosophy

    I LOVED this book! It's absolutely fabulous for any Alice fan. I hadn't really known what to expect, because I'm not a philosopher. Everything was very easily explained, everything is easy to understand, and the generous research and notes at the end of each chapter were extremely helpful. It's a sure win, and a wonderful gift idea for any Alice fan!

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Nice book to learn info for life.

    If you are a fan of Alice In Wonderland (or of crazy things with hidden meanings in general), then you will absolutely LOVE this book! Full of whimsical humors and compelling knowledge, this is a textbook for the generation of students that want to have FUN, but also LEARN. Although it is mainly for recreational reading purposes, this book has TONS of philosophical information. Good for teens that are inspired in the arts and have a passion for questions and hidden meanings. If you want to be a spy, read this book. If you want to be a lawyer, read this book. If you want to be a philosopher (i bet you already are :P), then read this book!!! This book is also a great gift for teachers/parents/teen siblings/teen friends. It's a bit hard for children to understand, since it has a lot of philosophical ideas. BUt great for teens and adults!! GO GET IT FOR YOUR GRANDMA!!!!! seriously, I LOVED this book. I'm bringing it with me on my trip to California tomorrow by the way. GO GO GO . It's super great!

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

    Wonderful Read!

    For everyone that is or ever has been a fan of the Alice in Wonderland books by Lewis Carroll, or for those that have loved the movies spawned from the books....this is a great read! Very well researched and thought out, explains so many things that I know I have been curious about for years! I personally loved it and am looking forward to other books within the And Philosophy series!!

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    I found this book very helpful in looking at Alice in Wonderland differently. Whether Lewis Caroll did mean for the story to mean this or that, we don't know but philosphers always find very useful things in stories that regular people would have never thought of. That is the job of philosophers, to look at books in a new light.
    The book itself was put together well, though at times it was a bit hard to understand the words used but that wasn't very often.
    The only thing I didn't see in the book was mention of religious themes, because I definitely felt that there were some.
    Overall, I thought the book was packed with useful information for when I read the book again. I probably won't look at it the same way though. Actually no; I'll always think of it as a fun fantasy from the victorian era. Very useful to students studying literature too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    A different perspective on the story we all love

    So far, I have enjoyed everything discussed in this book. Several professors share their views on the characters and actions that take place in Alice in Wonderland.

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