Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

Paperback Blackwell Philosophy & Pop Culture (Paperback)

Series edited by William Irwin, Edited by Henry Jacoby

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118161998
  • ISBN 13: 9781118161999
  • Sales rank: 45,465

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An in-depth look at the philosophical issues behind HBO's Game of Thrones television series and the books that inspired it George R.R. Martin's New York Times bestselling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals? Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Game of Thrones series Gives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, and themes of Game of Thrones Draws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern America to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creatures of Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtue and honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game of thrones Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will enrich your experience of your favorite medieval fantasy series.

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Table of contents

Foreword Acknowledgments: How I was spared from having to take the Black Introduction: So What if Winter Is Coming? Part One. "You Win or You Die" 1. Maester Hobbes Goes to King's Landing Greg Littmann 2. It is a Great Crime to Lie to a King Don Fallis 3. Playing the Game of Thrones: Some Lessons from Machiavelli Marcus Schulzke 4. The War in Westeros and Just War Theory Richard H. Corrigan Part Two. "The Things I Do for Love" 5. Winter is Coming! The Bleak Quest for Happiness in Westeros Eric Silverman 6. The Death of Lord Stark: The Perils of Idealism David Hahn 7. Lord Eddard Stark, Queen Cersei Lannister: Moral Judgments from Different Perspectives Albert J. J. Angleberger and Alexander Hieke 8. It Would Be a Mercy: Choosing Life or Death in Westeros and Beyond Matthew Tedesco Part Three. "Winter is Coming" 9. Wargs, Wights, and Wolves that are Dire: Mind and Metaphysics, Westeros Style Henry Jacoby 10. Magic, Science, and Metaphysics in A Game of Thrones Edward Cox 11. "You know nothing, Jon Snow": Epistemic Humility Beyond the Wall Abraham P. Schwab 12. "Why is the world so full of injustice?" Gods and the Problem of Evil Jaron Daniel Schoone Part Four. "The Man Who Passes the Sentence Should Swing the Sword" 13. Why Should Joffrey Be Moral If He's Already Won the Game of Thrones? Daniel Haas 14. The Moral Luck of Tyrion Lannister Christopher Robichaud 15. Dany's Encounter with the Wild: Cultural Relativism in Games of Thrones Katherine Tullman 16. "There Are No True Knights": The Injustice o Chivalry Stacey Goguen Part Five. "Stick Them with the Pointy End" 17. Fate, Freedom, and authenticity in A Game of Thrones Michael J. Sigrist 18. No One Dances the Water Dance Henry Jacoby 19. The Things I Do For Love: Sex, Lies, and Game Theory R. Shannon Duval 20. Stop the Madness! Knowledge, Power, and Insanity in A Song of Ice and Fire Chad William Timm Contributors: The Learned Lords and Ladies from Beyond the Seven Kingdoms Index