Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality [NOOK Book]

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The first look at the philosophy behind Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight series

Bella and Edward, and their family and friends, have faced countless dangers and philosophical dilemmas in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. This book is the first to explore them, drawing on the wisdom of philosophical heavyweights to answer essential questions such as: What do the struggles of "vegetarian" vampires who ...

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Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality

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Overview

The first look at the philosophy behind Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight series

Bella and Edward, and their family and friends, have faced countless dangers and philosophical dilemmas in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. This book is the first to explore them, drawing on the wisdom of philosophical heavyweights to answer essential questions such as: What do the struggles of "vegetarian" vampires who control their biological urge for human blood say about free will? Are vampires morally absolved if they kill only animals and not people? From a feminist perspective, is Edward a romantic hero or is he just a stalker? Is Jacob "better" for Bella than Edward?

As absorbing as the Meyer novels themselves, Twilight and Philosophy:

  • Gives you a new perspective on Twilight characters, storylines, and themes
  • Helps you gain fresh insights into the Twilight novels and movies
  • Features an irresistible combination of vampires, romance, and philosophy

Twilight and Philosophy is a must-have companion for every Twilight fan, whether you're new to the series or have followed it since the beginning.

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Editorial Reviews

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Without equivocation, we can state that this book is the first philosophy tome ever published with a cover graced by teen idols Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart. The editors of the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series use Stephenie Meyer's books as the springboard for intelligent discussions about ethics, morality, and human (not to mention vampire) choices. The ideal book for Twilight fans searching for a pain-free paper topic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470554142
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #15
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,193,118
  • File size: 332 KB

Meet the Author

Rebecca Housel coedited X-Men and Philosophy. A former professor of English and popular culture in western New York, she now serves on editorial advisory boards for the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture. Also an author of middle-grade fiction, she is currently working on a new young adult novel.

J. Jeremy Wisnewski is an assistant professor of philosophy at Hartwick College, the coeditor of X-Men and Philosophy, and the editor of Family Guy and Philosophy and The Office and Philosophy.

William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. 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: Supernatural Humans We Can’t Live Without.

Introduction: Undead Wisdom.

PART ONE TWILIGHT.

1 You Look Good Enough to Eat: Love, Madness, and the Food Analogy (George A. Dunn).

2 Dying to Eat: The Vegetarian Ethics of Twilight (Jean Kazez).

3 Can a Vampire Be a Person? (Nicolas Michaud).

4 Carlisle: More Compassionate Than a Speeding Bullet? (Andrew Terjesen and Jenny Terjesen).

PART TWO NEW MOON.

5 Vampire-Dämmerung: What Can Twilight Tell Us about God? (Peter S. Fosl and Eli Fosl).

6 To Bite or Not to Bite: Twilight, Immortality, and the Meaning of Life (Brendan Shea).

7 Mind Reading and Morality: The Moral Hazards of Being Edward (Eric Silverman).

8 Love and Authority among Wolves (Sara Worley).

PART THREE ECLIPSE.

9 Bella Swan and Sarah Palin: All the Old Myths Are Not True (Naomi Zack).

10 Vampire Love: The Second Sex Negotiates the Twenty-first Century (Bonnie Mann).

11 Edward Cullen and Bella Swan: Byronic and Feminist Heroes . . . or Not (Abigail E. Myers).

12 Undead Patriarchy and the Possibility of Love (Leah McClimans and J. Jeremy Wisnewski).

13 The “Real” Danger: Fact vs. Fiction for the Girl Audience (Rebecca Housel).

PART FOUR BREAKING DAWN.

14 Twilight of an Idol: Our Fatal Attraction to Vampires (Jennifer L. McMahon).

15 Bella’s Vampire Semiotics (Dennis Knepp).

16 Space, Time, and Vampire Ontology (Philip Puszczalowski).

17 For the Strength of Bella? Meyer, Vampires, and Mormonism (Marc E. Shaw).

18 The Tao of Jacob (Rebecca Housel).

CONTRIBUTORS: Ladies and Gentlemen, Introducing the Stars of Our Show, Humans, Vampires, and Shape-Shifters Alike.

INDEX: For Those Who Can’t Read Minds.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    Love at first bite... this book is amazing

    Do you still feel an unquenchable thirst for blo... er ...more news about your favorite vampire clan, the Cullen family, after having read all Twilight books? Then, Twilight and Philosophy is exactly what you're looking for!
    I used Twilight and Philosophy as backup for my bachelor's thesis and can thus assure you:
    If you are doing research on today's vampire fiction, this book is definitely essential and will provide you with new insights and strong arguments.
    It is not only extremely helpful for scientific research, but incredibly entertaining and fun to read.
    Twilight and Philosophy is a must-have for everybody who devoured the Twilight series, but it also holds lots of information for everybody who doesn't know what the Twilight hype is all about. You will be surprised to find out how much Bella and someone like Sarah Palin really have in common and why Edward is prince charming and control freak at the same time. Twilight and Philosophy makes you see your favorite vampires like you've never seen them before.
    I totally recommend that book to everybody who sees himself as fanpire, read the Twilight series or just wants to know more about it!
    Best,
    Laura

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2010

    ARE YOU KIDDING?????

    I thought this would be a fun insight into the Twilight saga .... NOT!!
    Do not bother to get this book if you are a TEAM EDWARD or TEAM JACOB Fan!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    A new way to look at the saga!

    This book really helped you look at the Twilight Saga in a whole different light. From one extreme to the other, not really a bad thing. A real page turner. This is a must for those who want to go deeper into the series. It really helps you put things in perspective.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    Too far

    Are you kidding me?!

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    funny

    do not miss out on a funny book like this!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    Good read, but could have been better

    As a Twilight fan, I was very interested to read this book and what the analysis/opinions were by the contributors to the book. Overall, I really enjoyed the author topics and would have given the book four stars except that editor/author Rebecca Housel's lack of factual knowledge of the Twilight series books made her two "stories" very frustrating to read. My suggestion to her would be to actually read the books and to others who are thinking about reading the book - I highly recommend it except for Housel's two stories.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Interesting

    Some views are quite "out there". The comparison between Bella and Sarah Palin is a stretch. However, the insight is enlightening and entertaining.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Jacob

    Jacob is better for bella

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    I just like the cover i did not buy it

    I luv to read the twilight books and look at twilight photos it just like me and divergent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    There's more to it.

    There is so much to it that they didn't get it all. They are ridiculus. They have a very poor point of view. They need to really revise that book before they gave it out. They should have had Stephanie Meyer and expert Twi-hards to make this book. I've read better books. They need to re-make the book and that's that. It's awful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    This book was very difficult to read - not due to the writing st

    This book was very difficult to read - not due to the writing style, but the reasoning. Many of their arguments were made in convoluted, over-complicated ways when they could have been stated simply and succinctly. There was also a fair bit of repetition between chapters. I was left with the impression that the authors were trying to stretch a short essay into a full book so as to make some money. If you really want to read this book, try to locate a lend-able copy. Don't spend your own dollars on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Ahhh

    Its a little hard to get past all tthe words but if u like reading explaining books this is for u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    The book is a great way to read more about Twilight and delve de

    The book is a great way to read more about Twilight and delve deeper into your favorite characters like Jacob, Bella, and Edward. Whether you're a general Twi-hard, Team Edward or Team Jacob, there's something for everyone. Great companion for the movies! Like other books in the series, there's only a certain number of chapters and the different expert contributors add interesting perspectives on this pop culture phenomenon. Worth your time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Missing a lot

    Great book i luv it and u will luv like i did

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