Lost and Philosophy

Lost and Philosophy : The Island Has Its Reasons

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Sometimes it feels like you need a Ph.D. to follow the show. But you don't. You just need this book in which twenty-one philosophers explore the deep questions we all face as survivors on this planet: Does "everything happen for a reason"? Is torture ever justified? Who are the Others? How do we know we're not patients in Hurley's psych ward? What if the Dharma Intitiative is experimenting on us? Desmond may not be able to save Charlie, but this book could save you. * A provocative study of the hit television show, Lost, currently in its third season and set to reach its climax in 2010 * Highlights the sense in which Lost is a genuinely philosophical show * Helps fans understand and navigate some of Lost's deeper meanings * Connects episodes and events in the show to core philosophical issues such as truth, identity, and morality * Shows that it's no accident that there are Lost characters names Locke, Rousseau, and Hume
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405163151
  • 9781405163156
  • 680,864

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When Flight 815 crashes on a remote tropical island, it gets stuck in a philosophical quagmire. Survivors band together to guard against surreal dangers, but who will guard the guardians? Thrust into the state of nature, our scantily clad and well-tanned heros learn that they were lost long before the crash. Watching them wrestle their demons, you may realize you're lost too. Locke, Rousseau, Hume. Who are these people?
Sometimes it feels like you need a Ph.D. to follow the show. But you don't. You just need this book in which twenty-one philosophers explore the deep questions we all face as survivors on this planet: Does "everything happen for a reason"? Is torture ever justified? Who are the Others? How do we know we're not patients in Hurley's psych ward? What if the Dharma Intitiative is experimenting on us? Desmond may not be able to save Charlie, but this book could save you.
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"Editor Sharon Kaye and a team of authors have penned a thinking person's guide to exploring the philosophical territories mined in the hit television series "Lost." A book for those who know television doesn't have to be a wasteland of throw-away ideas; "Lost and Philosophy" takes you deep into the island's philosophical jungle." -Tory Brecht, The Dispatch/ Argus "Imagine a setting on your television for 'Philosophical Analysis', right next to 'Subtitles'. Lost and Philosophy is such a setting, one that works from inside your own head. Life, let alone television, will never be the same again. Switch it on." -Dr. Deborah Brown, The University of Queensland "Let's face it: We're all lost in the cosmos, dropped at birth into the ongoing mysteries of our remote planetary island where each of us is challenged to make the best of this odd situation we share with our companions. Lost and Philosophy shows how one remarkable television series illuminates the human condition and poses some of the deepest questions we all need to answer. Reading this excellent book will help you peel back the layers of the show, and your life." -Tom Morris, Bestselling author of If Aristotle Ran General Motors , If Harry Potter Ran General Electric, and Philosophy for Dummies "The concepts are well-defined and presented...You don't have to be a philosophy major to understand...takes the experience of the show and makes it 'one louder.'" TLChicken.com "Questions about life, love and destiny...That's the focus of 21 thought-provoking yet reader-friendly essays that explore the many references to philosophy in the popular series." Wave Magazine
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About Sharon M. Kaye

Sharon Kaye is Associate Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University. She is the author of On Ockham with co-author Robert Martin (2001) and On Augustine with co-author Paul Thomson (2001).
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Table of contents

Lost and Philosophy. Introduction: L.O.S.T. in Lost: Sharon Kaye (John Carroll University). Part I. 'L' is for Love. 1. What Do Jack and Locke Owe their Fathers?: Michael W. Austin (Eastern Kentucky University). 2. Saving Walt: Frameworks for Evaluating Action: Rebecca Vartabedian (Metropolitan State College of Denver). 3. Moral Stand-offs: Objectification on Lost: Robert Arp (Southwest Minnesota State University) and Patricia Brace (Southwest Minnesota State University). 4. Research Ethics and the Dharma Initiative: Deborah R. Barnbaum (Kent State University). 5. The Island of Ethical Subjectivism: Not the Paradise of Lost: George Wrisley (University of Iowa). Part II. 'O' is for Origin. 6. Meaning and Freedom on the Island: Sander Lee (Keene State College). 7. What Would You Do?: Altered States in Lost: Charles Taliaferro (St. Olaf College) and Dan Kastrul (Chez Nous, Inc.). 8. Reinvention and Second Nature in Lost: Charles Girard (Universite Paris 1) and David Meulemans (Aix Marseille Universite). 9. Lost, The Third Policeman, and Guerilla Ontology: Jessica Engelking (University of Iowa). 10. Lost in Codes: Interpretation and Deconstruction in Lost's Narrative: Tom Grimwood (Lancaster University). Part III. 'S' is for Survival. 11. No Exit ...from the Island: A Sartrean Analysis of Lost: Sandra Bonetto (University College Dublin). 12. "The Others Are Coming": Ideology and Otherness in Lost: Karen Gaffney (Raritan Valley Community College). 13. Tortured Souls: Scott Parker (Portland State University). 14. Friends and Enemies in the State of Nature: The Absence of Hobbes and the Presence of Schmitt?: Peter S. Fosl (Transylvania University). 15. Lost's State of Nature: Richard Davies (University of Bergamo). 16. From Daniel Defoe to J.J. Abrams: Lost and Island Survivor Fiction: Paul Heyer (Wilfrid Laurier University). Part IV. 'T' is for Transformation. 17. The Tao of John Locke: Shai Biderman (Boston University) and William Devlin (Boston University). 18. Of Moths and Men: Paths of Redemption on the Island of Second Chances: Brett Chandler Patterson (Anderson University). 19. Everything Happens for a Reason: David Werther (University of Wisconsin, Madison). 20. "Don't mistake coincidence for fate": Lost Theories and Coincidence: Briony Addey (University of Bristol). 21. Aquinas and Rose on Faith and Reason: Daniel B. Gallagher (Sacred Heart Major Seminary). 22. Lost and the Problem of Life after Birth: Jeremy Barris (Marshall University).
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