Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

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Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

Format:  Paperback,

302 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Mar 2012

ISBN-13: 9781118161999

ISBN-10: 1118161998

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Mar 2012
ISBN-13: 9781118161999
ISBN-10: 1118161998
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 302
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.92
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9781118161999

Chapter outline

A Raven From House Wiley: Editor's Note on Spoilers
Acknowledgments: How I Was Spared from Having to Take the Black
Introduction: So What if Winter Is Coining?
You Win or You Die
Maester Hobbes Goes to King's Landing
It Is a Great Crime to Lie to a King
Playing the Game of Thrones: Some Lessons from Machiavelli
The War in Westeros and Just War Theory
The Things I Do For Love
Winter Is Coming!: The Bleak Quest for Happiness in Westeros
The Death of Lord Stark: The Perils of Idealism
Lord Eddard Stark, Queen Cersei Lannister: Moral Judgments from Different Perspectives
It Would Be a Mercy: Choosing Life or Death in Westeros and Beyond the Narrow Sea
Winter is Coming
Wargs, Wights, and Wolves That Are Dire: Mind and Metaphysics, Westeros Style
Magic, Science, and Metaphysics in A Game of Thrones
You Know Nothing, Jon Snow": Epistemic Humility Beyond the Wall
Why Is the World So Full of Injustice?": Gods and the Problem of Evil
The Man Who Passes the Sentence Should Swing the Sword
Why Should Joffrey Be Moral If He Has Already Won the Game of Thrones?
The Moral Luck of Tyrion Lannister
Dany's Encounter with the Wild: Cultural Relativism in A Game of Thrones
There Are No True Knights": The Injustice of Chivalry
Stick them with the Pointy End
Fate, Freedom, and Authenticity in A Game of Thrones
No One Dances the Water Dance
The Things I Do For Love: Sex, Lies, and Game Theory
Stop the Madness!: Knowledge, Power, and Insanity in A Song of Ice and Fire
Contributors: The Learned Lords and Ladies from beyond the Seven Kingdoms
Index: From the Archives at Oldtown

Book description

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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