The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy: The Lion, the Witch, and the Worldview

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Pushing through some mothballed fur coats in a wardrobe in a disused room of an old London house, Lucy and the other Pevensie children found themselves in a strange and wonderful country, populated by creatures unknown in our world. Philosophy, too, can take us into a magical new place with its own peculiar delights and dangers.

Here twenty-four philosophers and Narnia fans relate some of the things they have witnessed in the weird world of Narnia and the even weirder world of ...

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Overview

Pushing through some mothballed fur coats in a wardrobe in a disused room of an old London house, Lucy and the other Pevensie children found themselves in a strange and wonderful country, populated by creatures unknown in our world. Philosophy, too, can take us into a magical new place with its own peculiar delights and dangers.

Here twenty-four philosophers and Narnia fans relate some of the things they have witnessed in the weird world of Narnia and the even weirder world of philosophy. Philosophy, it turns out, can be as addictive as the White Witch’s turkish delight, though hopefully not always so frustrating.

Under what conditions should we believe a story that runs counter to all our experience?  Does might make right or are there objective moral rules? Would Albert Einstein have made any sense of the claim that time can flow at different rates in different worlds? If a boy is turned into a dragon, is the dragon still the same person as the boy? Can salvation be found in many religions or only in one? Do animals—even the ones that don’t talk—have souls?

These puzzles and more are bravely attacked in The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812695885
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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Gregory Bassham, Chair of the philosophy department at King’s College, Pennsylvania, is co-author of Critical Thinking: A Student’s Introduction (second edition, 2005) and co-editor of The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy (2003).
 
Jerry L. Walls is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of Hell: The Logic of Damnation (1992) and Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy (2002).

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