Philosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture / Edition 1

Philosophy and the Interpretation of Pop Culture / Edition 1

by William Irwin
     
 

ISBN-10: 074255175X

ISBN-13: 9780742551756

Pub. Date: 11/13/2006

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Aristotle analyzed the popular art of his time: the tragedies and epics. Why should philosophers today not do likewise? Perhaps we can learn something from children's stories by subverting the dominant paradigm of adult authority and admitting with Socrates that we don't know all the answers. Perhaps Batman has ethical lessons to teach that generalize beyond

Overview

Aristotle analyzed the popular art of his time: the tragedies and epics. Why should philosophers today not do likewise? Perhaps we can learn something from children's stories by subverting the dominant paradigm of adult authority and admitting with Socrates that we don't know all the answers. Perhaps Batman has ethical lessons to teach that generalize beyond the pages of comic books. Is it better to like Mozart than it is to like Madonna? Kurt Cobain gave voice to the attitude of a generation, singing, 'Here we are, now entertain us.' Is entertainment a bad thing, or could it actually have value-and not just instrumental value?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742551756
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/13/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
856,024
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgements Part 2 1. Philosophy Engages Popular Culture: An Introduction Part 3 Part I: Philosophy and Popular Culture Chapter 4 2. Philosophy and the Probably Impossible Chapter 5 3. Philosophy as/and/of Popular Culture Chapter 6 4. Allusion and Intention in Popular Art Chapter 7 5. On the Ties That Bind: Characters, the Emotions, and the Popular Fictions Chapter 8 6. Liking What's Good: Why Should We? Chapter 9 7. Popular Art and Entertainment Value Part 10 Part II: Interpretation and Popular Art Forms Chapter 11 8. Popular Culture and Spontaneous Order: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube Chapter 12 9. From Horror to Hero: Film Interpretations of Stocker's Dracula Chapter 13 10. Socrates at Story Hour: Philosophy as a Subversive Motif in Children's Literature Chapter 14 11. Of Batcaves and Clock-Towers: Living Damaged Lives in Gotham City Chapter 15 12. "American Pie" and the Self-Critique of Rock 'n' Roll Chapter 16 13. Photography, Popular Epistemology, Flexible Realism, and Holistic Pragmatism

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