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    DescriptionFrom Santa, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the culture wars and virgin birth, Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone explores a host of philosophical issues raised by the practices and beliefs surrounding Christmas. Offers thoughtful and humorous philosophical insights into the most widely celebrated holiday in the Western world Contributions come from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, theology, religious studies, English literature, cognitive science and moral psychology The essays cover a wide range of Christmas themes, from a defence of the miracle of the virgin birth to the relevance of Christmas to atheists and pagans


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    Title
    Christmas
    Subtitle
    Better Than a Lump of Coal
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Scott C. Lowe, Series edited by Fritz Allhoff, Foreword by Stephen Nissenbaum
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781444330908
    ISBN 10: 144433090X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5HC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15210
    DC22: 263.915, 263/.915, 263.91501
    BIC subject category V2: 5HC
    LC classification: BV45 .C548 2010
    Ingram Theme: INDS/POPCUL
    Thema V1.0: JBSR, JBCC, QDX
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5HPD
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
    Publication date
    24 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Chicester
    Author Information
    Scott C. Lowe is professor of Philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. His current interest is in the political philosophy of Richard Rorty. He is the editor, along with Steven Hales, of Delight in Thinking: An Introduction to Philosophy Reader (2006).
    Review quote
    "Still, it contains several thoughtful and bruising entries, the perfect mix for this time of year". (CBC News, 21 December 2010) "This great new book, in fine Socratic fashion, probes the meaning of Christmas, asking challenging questions that help us reflect on how we celebrate the birth of Jesus." (The Englewood Review of Books, January 2011) "It seems that this time of year most of us are consumed with, well, consuming, whether it's indulgent holiday fare or gift giving. But if you've ever found yourself contemplating some of the deeper aspects of the season, Christmas Philosophy for Everyone offers insight into the season of giving with thought and humor". (Urban Baby, 17 December 2010) From Santa Claus, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge to rampant consumerism and controversial questions of multiculturalism and the virgin birth, this immensely entertaining and thought-provoking volume, in the oft-audacious Philosophy for Everyone series, explores a plethora of philosophical issues raised by the practices and beliefs surrounding Christmas." (Suite101.com, 16 December 2010) "It all goes to show that philosophy can engage comfortably with popular themes after all - in this case, by offering an antidote to festive semiotic overload, and bringing a little reason to the season". (Time Out, 16 December 2010)
    Back cover copy
    Some wise men, a stable, a few sheep, and a young virgin giving birth to the mortal son of a prefect God: Christmas is one of Christianity's holiest days, and yet it is also a major pagan festival, a secular, cultural celebration, and a commercial event of epic proportions. As consumerism runs rife, have we lost sight of its very essence? Is celebrating Christmas really a good idea? From elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the culture wars and virgin birth, "Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone" unwraps the religious and moral issues surrounding the Yuletide season, including: Should parents lie to their children about Santa Claus?What relevance does Christmas hold to atheists and pagans?What does the Bible actually say about the virgin birth?How does Santa know if we have been naughty or good - is there a darker side to our festive friend?"Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone" offers thoughtful and humorous philosophical and cultural insights into the festive season with plenty of goodwill and just a little bah humbug.
    Table of contents
    Foreword: Joining the Manger to the Sleigh? ( Stephen Nissenbaum ). Editor's Introduction ( Scott C. Lowe ). Part I: Christmas: In the Beginning. 1. Jesus, Mary and Hume: On the Possibility of the Virgin Birth ( Zachary Jurgensen and Jason Southworth ). 2. The Virgin Birth: Authentic Christmas Magic ( Victor Lyons ). 3. Putting the "Yule" Back in "Yuletide" ( Todd Preston ). Part II: Is Celebrating Christmas Really a Good Idea? 4. Armed for the War on Christmas ( Scott F. Aiken ). 5. Christmas Mythologies: Sacred and Secular ( Guy Bennett-Hunter ). 6. The Significance of Christmas for Liberal Multiculturalism ( Mark Mercer ). 7. Crummy Commercials and BB Guns: Son-of-a-Bitch Consumerism in a Christmas Classic ( Erin Haire and Dustin Nelson ). Part III: Santa: A Deeper Look. 8. The Mind of Santa Claus and the Metaphors He Lives By ( William E. Deal and S. Waller ). 9. Making a List, Checking It Twice: The Santa Claus Surveillance System ( Richard Hancuff and Noreen O'Connor ). 10. You'd Better Watch Out... ( Will Williams ). 11. Santa's Sweatshop: Elf Exploitation for Christmas ( Matthew Brophy ). Part IV: The Morality of Christmas. 12. Against the Santa Clause Lie: The Truth We Should Tell Our Children ( David Kyle Johnson ). 13. Lying to Children about Santa: Why It's Just Not Wrong ( Era Gavrielides ). 14. Putting Claus Back into Christmas ( Steven D. Hales ). 15. Scrooge Learns it All in One Night: Happiness and the Virtues of Christmas ( Dane Scott ). Part V: Christmas Through Others' Eyes. 16. Holly Jolly Atheists: A Naturalistic Justification for Christmas ( Ruth Tallman ). 17. Heaven, Hecate and Hallmark: Christmas in Hindsight ( Marion G. Mason ). 18. Festivus and the Need for Seasonal Absurdity ( Caleb Holt ). 19. Common Claus: Santa as Cross-Cultural Connection (Cindy Scheopner). Afterword ( Santa Claus ). Notes on Contributors ( Santa's Elves ).