James Bond and Philosophy: Questions Are Forever

James Bond and Philosophy: Questions Are Forever

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by James B. South
     
 

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“Bond. James Bond.” Since Sean Connery first uttered that iconic phrase in Dr. No, more than one quarter of the world’s population has seen a 007 film. Witty and urbane, Bond seduces and kills with equal ease — often, it seems, with equal enthusiasm. This enthusiasm, coupled with his freedom to do what is forbidden to everyone else, evokes…  See more details below

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“Bond. James Bond.” Since Sean Connery first uttered that iconic phrase in Dr. No, more than one quarter of the world’s population has seen a 007 film. Witty and urbane, Bond seduces and kills with equal ease — often, it seems, with equal enthusiasm. This enthusiasm, coupled with his freedom to do what is forbidden to everyone else, evokes fascinating philosophical questions. Here, 15 witty, thought-provoking essays discuss hidden issues in Bond’s world, from his carnal pleasures to his license to kill. Among the lively topics explored are Bond’s relation to existentialism, including his graduation “beyond good and evil”; his objectification of women; the paradox of breaking the law in order to ultimately uphold it like any “stupid policeman”; the personality of 007 in terms of Plato’s moral psychology; and the Hegelian quest for recognition evinced by Bond villains. A reference guide to all the Bond movies rounds out the book’s many pleasures.

Editorial Reviews

When we first viewed 007 classics like Goldfinger and Octopussy, few of us considered the possibility that James Bond might be a philosopher in action. In fact, this dapper dispatcher of villains and adroit bedder of women seemed to lead the very opposite of a contemplative life. But, according to editors James B. South and Jacob M. Held, we had it all wrong. In this heterodox collection of essays, Ian Fleming's creation emerges as a man playing out several risky and sometimes reckless philosophical positions. Diamonds are forever, but books are more fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812698169
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/30/2012
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
717 KB

Meet the Author

James B. South is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Marquette University.

Jacob M. Held is part-time faculty in the Philosophy Department, Marquette University.

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