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O Essencial e Definitivo Harry Potter e a Filosofia - Hogwarts para Muggles (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #22)

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345 pages
Published (first published September 14th 2010)
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Jan 19, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of my favorites from 2011. Absolutely loved it. I'm a super huge Harry Potter fan and a fan of philosophy. So the combination of these two things was absolutely awesome.

The Harry Potter books were my friends when I had none. I read them when I was feeling lonely, depressed, etc. They made me happy. I know that sounds sad, but it's very true. They were a great comfort to me. Harry Potter has a very special place in my heart for that reason. But my love for Harry Potter goes bey
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نمیتونم یه ریویوی انتقادی خوب بنویسم؛ امّا بسیار راضی بودم و به همۀ هریپاتر دوستان هم پیشنهادش میکنم. باعثِ گسترشِ دید آدم هنگامِ مطالعه میشه، و جدا از اطّلاعاتِ فلسفیش میتونه به ما راه بهتر زندگی کردن رو از دریچۀ کتابهای هری پاتر نشون بده. و باعث اندیشیدن بیشتر میشه.
فقط این که ترجمۀ نهچندان خوب. در جاهایی که مترجم متن اصلی رو فهمیده بود خوب ترجمه کرده بود، امّا ظاهراً در جاهایِ زیادی متن رو نفهمیده بود و ترجمهش شلخته، بیمعنی و حتّی از لحاظِ دستوری غلط بود.
اغلاطِ املایی هم بیداد میکرد.

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I did not like the book, but that does not mean it's not a good one. It is. I believe it is a very good book, It's just that I personally have no interest in philosophy (to be precise: I find it dull and nonsense) so "I" don't need logic or explanation to understand Snape's personality or judge the use of Love Potion. But the author clearly is a Potterhead and has worked so hard for this book. I would do it justice. I'd even like to check out his LOtR and philosophy book, not to understand the p ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Lucille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ultimate Harry Potter Philosphy is a collection of essays that cover a wide range of topics involced in the Harry Potter series. A lot of the material has to do with the last three books, because they have the deepest rooted messages, but there are references to all books in the series. There were a lot of interesting viewpoints that I hadn't really considered. When I read (and adored) the series, I enjoyed it for the amazing plot and characters. I never really looked deeper at the underlyin ...more
i actually enjoyed this quite a bit - its been a few years since i've read the HP books, but i really enjoyed the philosophy courses i took in college, so seeing how different theories meld and were used to explain was interesting. The chapter about dumbledore being gay and its existance in reality was probably the most intriguing
Oct 27, 2015 Bhavik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fizzing-whizbee
I really enjoyed this book, as you can probably tell by the title it really delves deep into the Wizarding Universe and explores the power of magic and gives philosophical ideas to the pensive and how it works, among other ideas.

Although enjoyable, a few of the articles in this book had ideas in this book felt quite hard for me too understand and that lots of philosophical terms were being thrown at me but not much context from the books. However, different articles were written by different peo
Jan 12, 2015 Cameo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a treat to read. Though some of the questions raised were pretty absurd and the writing is pretty redundant, I loved delving into some of the topics that were presented. For example: does the Hogwarts curriculum provide the students all they need to be well rounded individuals? The authors used their knowledge of past philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle to answer the questions you never knew you had (or really, ever will have) about the Potter universe.
Jan 25, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After years of wanting to read the "and Philosophy" series I was not disappointed. Although some articles are less intriguing or convincing, the majority of the essays are thought-provoking, well-written, and genuinely insightful. Reading this book gives not only deeper insight into the brilliance of Rowling's series, but it also provides a much needed refresher in philosophy and led to many occasions of thoughtful reflection after completing various essays. I recommend this to all Potter fans w ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Italia8989 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's play spot-the-typos! Philosophers must be apathetic to spelling and grammar, but the most amusing is the misspelling of Voldemort four consecutive times when this book is about Harry Potter. Ask me how the ten plus different authors of this book managed to miss that. Ask me how the publisher missed it! (This tidbit can be found on page 235.)

"When Harry was attacked as a child and the killing curse rebounded, a piece of Voldermort's soul attached itself to Harry, thus allowing Harry insight
Tim Gannon
Jan 03, 2013 Tim Gannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This is by far the best text from this series that I have read - They had some great chapters on philosophy and education, patriotism, death, what makes a good life, remorse, choice and ability, memory and identity - and many more - they were very strong on comparing different philosophical points of view and the philosophers that are associated with those positions - they would relate them to events in the Harry Potter series to help with understanding - It was excellent.

Emma-Kate Schaake
Apr 15, 2016 Emma-Kate Schaake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Bloody Brilliant!!!
George Irwin
Apr 23, 2013 George Irwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a treasure trove of interesting articles and English major geek out moments. My favorite article was: Is Hogwarts a good school? But there are a lot of philosophical dialemmas - from Animagus "Beast or Man", Dumbledor and Voldemorts "The greater good", to Rowling's take on the soul, love and goodness in Harry Potter. Definitely a recommended read (and quick).
Apr 06, 2013 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a stunning reminder of why I never really liked Philosophy as a course. The essayists present largely half-baked theories as fact based on half-truths and incomplete data, or even using false data. There were a couple of good essays, but I was more or less shaking my head the whole time.
Blake Strother
After many years of working in a book store, I have noticed many book in this pop culture philosophy series but never read one. I chose to read this book because I had just completed the Harry Potter series for the first time and did not want my experience with the characters to end and also sought some deeper reflection on the content of the books. This book provided that deeper reflection I was looking for. Regarding this pop culture philosophy series in general, the strength in these books is ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Danielle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, library, wish-list
I got about halfway through this, but have to put it on hold until I can get a hold of it from the library again. I was reading it in bits and pieces when I had free-time. It is really interesting! Looking forward to finishing it, hopefully soon.
Apr 15, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am late to the game in finally reading the Harry Potter series, and I am entranced by the many intriguing and important themes that J.K. Rowling introduced in her books. This book investigates many of those themes through philosophical discussions, referencing famous philosophers from history. I found the discussions interesting, thought-provoking, and sometimes humorous. My favorites essays were: Choosing Love, the Redemption of Severus Snape; Patriotism, House Loyalty and the Obligations of ...more
Devon Forest
Jan 10, 2015 Devon Forest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read. A lot of these topics I had thought about before and had conversations about so it was nice to see that other people take Harry Potter as seriously as I do. Especially professional philosophers. It was also interesting to see a professional philosopher's take on the topics with references to people such as Plato, Socrates, John Locke, ect… because these are things that I'm not as familiar with. Some essays were more interesting and exciting than others, but I wa ...more
Aug 04, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome way to reconnect with the whole series through an adult and academic perspective. It made the series so much more complex once discussing the different theoretically backgrounds to different ideas and concepts J.K Rowling used.

It was great that it covered all the books, the essays were well-written and researched, each philosopher mentioned was well introduced as well. Fans of the series with or without and philosophy knowledge will really enjoy this book, it is fun and entertaining
Aug 21, 2015 J.S. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-nature
My only brush with Philosophy was a college course where the professor began the class predicting that many students would question and doubt their religious beliefs by semester's end. To my knowledge none did (at least, because of his influence), and we gave him such unflattering "teacher evaluations" after 12 weeks that the school did not ask him to come back (he really wasn't a good teacher). Nonetheless, I consider myself a fairly decent observer of human nature - as well as an unashamed fan ...more
Jj Kwashnak
Oct 21, 2010 Jj Kwashnak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a longtime fan of the various "Pop Culture and Philosophy" series of book, I had read the original "Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts" in 2004. At that time there were only 5 books in the series, and the book covered those. With the release of the final two book and the release soon of the first part of the movie adaptation of the final book, it is a good time to revisit the "Boy Who Lived" and what his adventures can tell us about life. Considering that author J.K. Rowli ...more
My first taste of pop culture philosophy and I found it quite interesting. Whilst it didn't add much to the actual Harry Potter series, it was interesting look at which theories Rowling represented throughout the series and which ones she inconsistently represented. In saying it didn't add much, it did often make me think about different concepts (both in the fiction and in life) and view characters in ways I never had before. Some chapters I found to be very informative (eg "Sirius Black: Man o ...more
Aug 08, 2011 J'aime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I have several books from the Pop Culture and Philosophy series, and have found them worthwhile overall. Like many fans, I'm usually on the lookout for something more to do with my favorite show/film/book, etc. and these are decidedly better than the commonplace "companion" or "encyclopedia." Harry Potter already has an entry in the series, "Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts". That book was very good and gave a new perspective on Pottermania. As the authors mention in the fo ...more
Andy Cyca
May 13, 2016 Andy Cyca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with many other books made up of smaller essays, this is really hit-or-miss depending on how you like the individual pieces and what you ultimately learn from them.

I'm not a philosopher myself, so deeper discussion on philosophical themes is always welcome to me, even more when presented in the context of pop culture. In particular, the section about love, it's meaning and consequences is particularly good for a lost twentysomething like me.

Get it, share it, reread it. You won't be disappoint
Gabriella O'Toole
I loved reading this book. As a huge Harry Potter fan, this collection of short essays was fascinating. In this book the writers captured the deeper questions of the Potter books and films and compared them to the work of great philosophers ranging from Socrates to William James. I love that the sources used were all very credible, and that they also cited quotes from the Potter books as well. It reminded me of a few small details that I had lost in the time span that has passed since originally ...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780470398258

General Subject/s? - Harry Potter / Fantasy / Philosophy / Film / Books

Title? - The philosophy behind the Harry Potter novels.

General Analysis? - I loved this book. It really adds an extra dimension to the Harry Potter series, and it is a must-read for anyone who loves the Harry Potter series and the events and characters in it. The psychological discussions in the book are very interesting and can give us an insider look at the minds of favourite characters and favourite ev
T. Renee Doty
3.5 The narrator was fantastic!

This collection of essays about anything and everything Harry Potter was really interesting. I am very picky about literary criticism/philosophy because I often finding myself disagreeing with the author(s) and feeling punished because of it...This book was NOT like that!

Though I didn't agree with every writer, every single essay left room for the reader's opinion and that is what made it a great read!
Dorothy Timmerman
Jul 19, 2012 Dorothy Timmerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is extremely difficult to take the rather antique field of philosophy and promote it to the general public, in a manner that the public will find engaging and enlightening. I felt as though the professors, students, and life-long-readers that collaborated on the series of short essays did phenomenally well communicating both their passion for the Potter series and their passion for philosophy. It was as full of twists and turns of the mind as the Weasley twin's Marauder's Map. There were, of ...more
Feb 19, 2016 RumBelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book was excellent at showing various sides, and indepth natures, of characters. I have read others in this series and I love how it takes pop culture and uses philosophy to explain it on a deeper level. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Severus Snape, and how it described the choices he made in love and how he was ultimately redeemed. Also, the books examination of love, choice and death were intriguing as well. Seeing Harry Potter through this lens provides an in depth understanding o ...more
Chels Patterson
May 28, 2012 Chels Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-reads
Truly very good, insightful and well rounded. I would have liked more on the issue of racism, elitism, prejudice and subordination in the wizarding world. Also the issues of sexism and powerful women, in a dominate role, besides that of Herminonie would have been nice, it is touched on but not enough I feel. I really disliked The use of Scorcer's Stone over Philiosopher's Stone, but I get it's American. I really enjoyed the paper of the Common Good vs the Greater good. And the subject of the sou ...more
Yona Levin
As a huge Potterhead, I loved this book. I enjoyed going into depth with both details of the books and major themes. I thought it was very interesting to get so many different views on social ideas, and how they were interpreted through the Harry Potter series, especially when those opinions differed from my own. Even when they did not differ, they still shed new light on things that I though I understood. No view is wrong– that's why it's a view.
It made me very happy to see that I am not the o
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- B.A. in philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, Fordham University, 1992. Full Presidential Scholarship.

- Dissertation "Harmonizing Hermeneutics: The Normative and Descriptive Approaches, Interpretation and Criticism," Buffalo, 1996, 226 pp. Awarded the Perry Prize for Outstanding Dissertations in Philosophy.

- Ph.D. in philosophy, The State University of New York at Buffalo, June 1, 1996. Presidential Fell
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