Bob Dylan and Philosophy: It's Alright, Ma (I'M Only Thinking)

Bob Dylan and Philosophy: It's Alright, Ma (I'M Only Thinking)

by Carl J. Porter
     
 

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The legions of Bob Dylan fans know that Dylan is not just a great composer, writer, and performer, but a great thinker as well. In Bob Dylan and Philosophy, eighteen philosophers analyze Dylan’s ethical positions, political commitments, views on gender and sexuality, and his complicated and controversial attitudes toward religion. All phases of

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The legions of Bob Dylan fans know that Dylan is not just a great composer, writer, and performer, but a great thinker as well. In Bob Dylan and Philosophy, eighteen philosophers analyze Dylan’s ethical positions, political commitments, views on gender and sexuality, and his complicated and controversial attitudes toward religion. All phases of Dylan’s output are covered, from his early acoustic folk ballads and anthem-like protest songs to his controversial switch to electric guitar to his sometimes puzzling, often profound music of the 1970s and beyond. The book examines different aspects of Dylan’s creative thought through a philosophical lens, including personal identity, negative and positive freedom, enlightenment and postmodernism in his social criticism, and the morality of bootlegging. An engaging introduction to deep philosophical truths, the book provides Dylan fans with an opportunity to learn about philosophy while impressing fans of philosophy with the deeper implications of his intellectual achievements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812695922
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/09/2006
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
Pages:
225
Sales rank:
1,220,331
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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