Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone

Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone


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Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone by Sharon Kaye

Expanded and up-to-date-the ultimate guide that explores meaning and philosophy of all six seasons of Lost

Lost is more than just a popular television show; it's a complex examination of meaningful philosophical questions. What does good versus evil mean on the island? Is it a coincidence that characters John Locke and Desmond David Hume are named after actual philosophers? What is the ethics of responsibility for Jack?

An action-adventure story with more than a touch of the metaphysical, Lost forces viewers to ask difficult questions of themselves just as the story asks difficult questions of its characters. Ultimate Lost and Philosophy helps you explore the deeper meaning and philosophical questions hidden within every complex twist and turn in the historic show's entire six-season run.
  • Includes every season of Lost, including 2010's final, highly anticipated season
  • Connects events on the show to core philosophical issues such as truth, identity, and morality
  • Explores a host of intriguing topics such as time travel, freedom, love, and loss

For fans of Lost who are interested in what the show reveals about ourselves and the human condition, Ultimate Lost and Philosophy is an entertaining, informative, and enlightening resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470632291
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #35
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 636,410
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sharon Kaye is professor of philosophy at John CarrollUniversity and edited the original Lost and Philosophy.

William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King'sCollege in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophyand popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestsellingThe Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titlesincluding Batman and Philosophy, House andPhilosophy, and Mad Men and Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Lost and F.O.U.N.D. 1

Part 1 F is for Fortune

1 Lost in Lost's Times Richard Davies 9

2 Imaginary Peanut Butter: The Puzzles of Time Travel in Lost William J. Devlin 32

3 It Doesn't Matter What We Do: From Metaphysics to Ethics in Lost's Time Travel Jeremy Pierce 47

4 If Sawyer Weren't a Con Man, Then He Would Have Been a Cop: Counterfactual Reasoning in the Last Season of Lost Deborah R. Barnbaum 63

Part 2 O is for Origin

5 Lost in Different Circumstances: What Would You Do" Charles Taliaferro Dan Kastrul 75

6 "Don't Mistake Coincidence for Fate": Lost Theories and Coincidence Briony Addey 91

7 Lost and the Question of Life after Birth Jeremy Barris 107

8 See you in Another Life, Brother: Bad Faith and Authenticity in Three Lost Souls Sander Lee 120

Part 3 U is for Unity

9 Lost's State of Nature Richard Davies 145

10 Friends and Enemies in the State of Nature: The Absence of Hobbes and the Presence of Schmitt Peter S. Fosl 164

11 Ideology and Otherness in Lost: "Stuck in a Bloody Snow Globe" Karen Gaffney 187

Part 4 N is for Necessity

12 Escaping the Island of Ethical Subjectivism: Don't Let Ben Bring You Back George Wrisley 207

13 Lost Together: Fathers, Sons, and Moral Obligations Michael W. Austin 220

14 Should We Condemn Michael" Becky Vartabedian 233

15 The Ethics of Objectification and the Search for Redemption in Lost Patricia Brace Rob Arp 241

Part 5 D is for Destiny

16 The New Narnia: Myth and Redemption on the Island of Second Chances Brett Chandler Patterson 253

17 I Once Was Lost: Aquinas on Finding Goodness and Truth Daniel B. Gallagher 280

18 The Tao of John Locke Shai Biderman William J. Devlin 300

19 Lost Metaphysics: Keeping the Needle on the Record Donavan S. Muir 312

Appendix: Who are Locke, Hume, and Rousseau" The Losties' Guide to Philosophers Scott F. Parker 321

Contributors: Jacob's Candidates 341

Index: Oceanic Flight 815 Manifest 347

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