The Big Lebowski and Philosophy: Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom

Celebrate the Dude with an abiding examine the philosophy in the back of The titanic Lebowski

Is the Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius residing the nice lifestyles? certainly, it is the latter, and The great Lebowski and Philosophy explains why. Enlisting the aid of nice thinkers like Plato and Nietzsche, the booklet explores the movie's hidden philosophical layers, cultural mirrored image, and political statement. It additionally solutions key questions, together with: The Dude abides, yet is abiding a advantage? Is the Dude an Americanized model of the Taoist lifestyle? How does The tremendous Lebowski illustrate the simply warfare thought? How does bowling support Donny, Walter, and the Dude oppose nihilism? sure, the Dude is deep, and so is that this publication. do not watch the movie—or visit Lebowski Fest—without it.

  • Explores lots of The significant Lebowski's key topics, akin to nihilism, conflict and politics, funds and materialism, idealism and morality, heritage, and more
  • Gives you new viewpoint at the movie's characters—the Dude, the large Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, Donny, Maude Lebowski, Bunny Lebowski, and others
  • Helps you savour the Coen Brothers vintage much more with the insights of Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, Derrida, and different philosophical heavyweights

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Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

In a video game the place gamers are anticipated to name their very own consequences and scoring the least issues ends up in victory, decorum takes priority over showmanship and philosophical questions develop into par for the direction. Few different activities are as fitted to moral and metaphysical exam as golfing. it's a online game outlined by way of dichotomies―relaxing, but challenging, social, but solitary―and among those extremes there's room for a lot philosophical inquiry.

In Golf and Philosophy: classes from the Links, a clubhouse filled with expert members tee off on a number philosophical themes in the framework of the green. The book's chapters are prepared within the form of an eighteen-hole golfing path, with front 9 exploring moral issues of rationality and social civility in a global of ethical dangers and roughs. The again 9 pries even deeper, cutting into concerns of the metaphysical, together with chapters on mysticism, idealism, id, and that means.

Taken jointly, the gathering examines the highbrow nature of this liked hobby, contemplating the numerous nuances of a activity that calls for excessive degrees of focus, endurance, and consistency, in addition to upstanding ethical personality. Golf and Philosophy celebrates the fun and complexities of the sport, demonstrating that golfing has a lot to coach either its spectators and individuals approximately sleek existence.

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The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration (Psychology of Popular Culture)

By Robin S. Rosenberg

This most recent installment within the Psychology of pop culture sequence turns its concentration to superheroes. Superheroes have survived and involved for greater than 70 years in no small half because of their mental depth.

In The Psychology of Superheroes, virtually dozen psychologists get into the heads of today’s most well liked and exciting superheroes. Why do superheroes decide to be superheroes? the place does Spider-Man’s altruism come from, and what does it suggest? Why is there rather a lot prejudice opposed to the X-Men, and the way may well they've got spoke back to it, except the best way they did? Why are super-villains so competitive? The Psychology of Superheroes solutions those questions, exploring the internal workings our heroes frequently in simple terms proportion with their therapists.

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Reading the Popular (Routledge Classics (Paperback))

By John Fiske

This revised version of a now vintage textual content contains a new creation by means of Henry Jenkins, explaining ‘Why Fiske nonetheless issues’ for today’s scholars, through a dialogue among former Fiske scholars Kevin Glynn, Jonathan grey, and Pamela Wilson at the subject of ‘Reading Fiske and realizing the Popular’. either underline the ongoing relevance of this foundational textual content within the examine of well known culture.

Beneath the skin of the cultural artifacts that encompass us – purchasing shops, well known song, a number of the types of tv – lies a mess of meanings and methods of utilizing them, now not them all these meant via their designers. In Reading the Popular, John Fiske analyzes those well known "texts" to bare either their specific and implicit (and frequently contrary) meanings and makes use of, and the social and political dynamics they reflect.

Fiske’s "readings" of those cultural phenomena spotlight the conflicting responses they evoke: Madonna could be promoted as a "boy toy", yet younger women think empowered through her skill to toy with boys; Chicago’s Sears Tower could be a gigantic expression of capitalist domination, however it may also enable one to tower over town. In each one case it's the latter choice that pursuits him, for this is often the place Fiske locates pop culture: it's the aspect at which individuals take the products provided them by way of business capitalism (however oppressive they could appear) and switch them to their very own inventive, or even subversive, uses.

Designed as a significant other to Understanding pop culture, examining the Popular provides the misinform theories that painting a mass viewers that mindlessly consumes each product it truly is provided. Fiske’s acute conception and energetic wit mix to supply a really democratic imaginative and prescient of pop culture, person who respects the attention and the enterprise of the folk who make it.

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Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool

By Brian Ashcraft, Shoko Ueda

"The schoolgirl is the most driving force of Japan's Gross nationwide Cool, and Brian Ashcraft's booklet is the easiest resource for these hoping to appreciate why." —Chris Baker, WIRED Magazine

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential takes you past the world of daily women to the area of the enduring jap schoolgirl craze that's sweeping the globe.

For years, eastern schoolgirls have seemed in hugely-popular anime and manga sequence equivalent to Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, The depression of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Blood: The final Vampire. those ladies are actually displaying up everywhere—in videos, magazines, games, advertisements, and tune. WIRED journal has stored an eye fixed at the tendencies rising from those fashionable teenagers, following kick-ass schoolgirl characters in videogames like Street Fighter and murderer schoolgirls in videos like Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

By speaking to eastern ladies, together with former and present J-Pop idols, famous actresses, types, writers, and artists—along with recognized jap movie administrators, historians and marketers—authors Brian Ashcraft and Shoko Ueda (who have either contributed to WIRED's "Japanese Schoolgirl Watch" columns) exhibit the genuine tale in the back of Japan's schoolgirl obsessions.

You'll study the origins of the schoolgirls' strange clothes, and the way they're changing into an international model used to promote every thing from kimchi to coverage. In Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential, you are going to discover:

  • Sailor-suited pop-idols
  • Cult motion picture vixens
  • Schoolgirl buying strength
  • the most recent uniform fashions

Japanese schoolgirls are a logo of lady empowerment. Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential indicates why they're so intensely cool. do not pass over this crucial ebook at the eastern adolescence tradition craze that's using present day popular culture worldwide.

"Whether your chosen schoolgirl is extra the upstanding heroine Sailor Moon or the vengeful, weapon-wielding Gogo Yubari of Quentin Tarantino's Kill invoice, Vol. 1, you are going to come away good versed." —Publishers Weekly

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The Philosophy of Horror (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

By Philip Tallon, John Lutz

Sitting on pins and needles, anxiously ready to work out what is going to ensue subsequent, horror audiences crave the phobia and excitement generated by way of a terrifying tale; their anticipation is palpable. yet additionally they breathe a sigh of aid whilst the motion is over, once they may be able to shut their books or go away the movie show. even if severe, kitschy, scary, or ridiculous, horror not just arouses the senses but additionally increases profound questions on worry, safeguard, justice, and suffering.

From literature and concrete legends to movie and tv, horror's skill to delight has made it an essential component of recent leisure. Thomas Fahy and twelve different students show the underlying issues of the style within the Philosophy of Horror. analyzing the evolving function of horror, the contributing authors examine works equivalent to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), horror motion pictures of the Thirties, Stephen King's novels, Stanley Kubrick's model of The Shining (1980), and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). additionally tested are works that experience mostly been overlooked in philosophical circles, together with Truman Capote's In chilly Blood (1965), Patrick Süskind's body spray (1985), and James Purdy's slender Rooms (2005). The research additionally extends to modern kinds of renowned horror and "torture-horror" motion pictures of the decade, together with observed (2004), Hostel (2005), The Devil's Rejects (2005), and The Hills Have Eyes (2006), in addition to the continuing acclaim for horror at the small screen.

The Philosophy of Horror celebrates the unusual, compelling, and annoying components of horror, drawing on interpretive ways akin to feminist, postcolonial, Marxist, and psychoanalytic feedback. The booklet invitations readers to think about horror's a number of manifestations and adjustments because the past due 1700s, probing its social, cultural, and political services in cutting-edge media-hungry society.

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Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl

Philosophy and area trip are characterised via an identical basic objective: exploration. a necessary advisor for either philosophers and Trekkers, Star Trek and Philosophy combines a philosophical spirit of inquiry with the liked tv and picture sequence to contemplate questions not just concerning the medical customers of interstellar go back and forth but in addition the inward trip to check the human . The expansive subject matters variety from the probabilities for verbal exchange between various cultural backgrounds to questions about the stoic temperament exhibited through Vulcans to Ferengi company practices. in particular selected to damage new flooring in exploring the philosophical dimensions of Star Trek, those articles boldly pass the place no thinker has long gone before.

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Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By D. E. Wittkower

Science fiction author Philip ok. Dick (1928-1982) is the enormous mind's eye at the back of a lot contemporary well known culture--both videos without delay according to his writings, resembling Blade Runner (based at the novel Do Androids Dream of electrical Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau plus cult favorites akin to A Scanner Darkly, Imposter, Next, Screamers, and Paycheck and works revealing his strong impact, akin to The Matrix and Inception. With the a lot expected approaching book in 2011 of quantity 1 of Exegesis, his magazine of non secular visions and paranoic investigations, Dick is speedy turning into a big impression on the earth of renowned spirituality and occult thinking.

In Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids have Kindred Spirits?, thirty-four Dick fanatics thinkers confront the interesting and scary principles raised via Dick's unbelievable fantasies. Is there an alien global in the back of the standard truth we adventure? If androids can go as human, should still they accept an identical attention as people? Do psychotics have insights right into a mystical fact? might wisdom of the long run unfastened us or enslave us? This quantity additionally comprises Dick brief tales: "Beyond Lies the Wub," and "The Eyes Have It."

Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy explores the guidelines of Philip okay. Dick within the related manner that he did: with an earnest wish to comprehend the reality of the area, yet with no falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick's paintings was once replete with whimsical and absurdist shows of the best demanding situations to cause and to humanity--paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure--and even at his darkest occasions he used to be capable of hold a few point of view and humor, as for instance in opting for to call himself 'Horselover fats' in VALIS even as he relates his own non secular epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With an analogous earnest whimsy, we strategy Philip okay. Dick as a thinker like ourselves--one who wrote nearly solely in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, yet who engaged with some of the maximum questions of philosophy in the course of the Euro-American tradition.

Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy has a lot to supply for either severe enthusiasts who've learn lots of his novels and tales, and if you happen to can have only recently discovered his identify and discovered that his paintings has been the muse for a number of recognized and thought-provoking movies. so much chapters commence with a number of of the flicks in line with Dick's writing. From the following, the authors delve deeper into the problems through bringing in philosophers' views and by means of bringing in Dick's written paintings. The publication invitations the reader with an informal familiarity with Dick to get to grasp his paintings, and invitations the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to profit extra. while, now we have new views and difficult connections and interpretations for even the main hard-core Dick fanatics, even if we by no means converse to "insiders" only.

The e-book prominently addresses the main widely-known movies: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. in addition to those "big 5" motion pictures, a number of chapters handle his final novels, specially VALIS, that have an important cult following in their personal. There also are chapters which tackle brief tales and novels that are presently deliberate for model: Radio unfastened Albemuth (film accomplished, anticipating distribution), The guy within the excessive Castle (in improvement by way of Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and "King of the Elves" (Disney, deliberate for liberate in 2013).

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Listverse.com's Epic Book of Mind-Boggling Top 10 Lists: Unbelievable Facts and Astounding Trivia on Movies, Music, Crime, Celebrities, History, and More

By Jamie Frater

CRAZY-BUT-TRUE evidence, atypical OCCURRENCES, DESPICABLE CRIMES, strange files, unimaginable CREATURES, and lots of extra surprising ODDITIES
Delving into the surprising aspect of popular culture, technological know-how, and historical past, Listverse.com's Epic booklet of Mind-Boggling Lists deals a wealth of attention-grabbing analyzing with over 2 hundred lists and greater than 2,000 fascinating proof, including:

•Alien Artifacts
•Creepy city Legends
•Bizarre homicide Weapons
•Horrific television Accidents
•Outrageous Rock Tales
•Twisted Circus Acts
•Terrifying Villains
•Crazy-but-True motion picture Plots
•Dirty CIA Operations
•Monstrously Evil Babysitters
•Strange Hamburger Facts
•Animal Freaks of Nature
•Mind-Blowing applied sciences

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