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Downton Abbey and Philosophy: The Truth Is Neither Here Nor There (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #32)

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A unique philosophical look at the hit television series "Downton Abbey" Who can resist the lure of "Downton Abbey" and the triumphs and travails of the Crawley family and its servants? We admire Bates's sense of honor, envy Carson's steadfastness, and thrill to Violet's caustic wit. "Downton Abbey and Philosophy" draws on some of history's most profound philosophical mind ...more
ebook, 99 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
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I have read (or tried to read) a number of the books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series and this was one of the most enjoyable. Part of the appeal of Downton Abbey is the complexity of the time and place the series is set during. Class and gender roles were shifting and events on the larger world stage were accelerating these changes. The essays in this volume explored some of the best plotlines and characters in the series and I really enjoyed the essays on Paternalism in the se ...more
Kelly Jackson
What was here was fine, but not as meaty as some others in the series.

While there are (a few) new and interesting insights produced in this book, motly it felt like reading papers for an undergraduate philosphy class. (Alright class, using one of the philosphers and philosphies studied, apply those ideas to an episode or character from Downton Abbey.). No single essay is long enough to provide detailed philosophical analysis, and none of the essays look at examples that might argue against their points. While the authors' do give an outline (very brief, very simp
Rebecca Huston
A short, but very detailed look at the psychology and motivations of all the various characters in the series by a collection of writers who each take a couple. I found this to be a fascinating read, but it would be rather thick for the reader unfamiliar to philosophical terms. I do recommend that you've seen all of the series before reading this book, as there are spoilers, and the authors do refer to this or that episode or event. Otherwise, I found this to be very enjoyable, and just wished t ...more
Interesting in parts, but a little dry ..
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It's nothing grandiose or groundbreaking, but it's worth an hour or two of your time to dive in a little deeper. After all, TV doesn't have to be mindless.
Cody Sexton
Fans of the show are likely to be the only ones who will find any value in these essays, as they are likely to be the only ones who will ever read them.
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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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