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Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #30)

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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 q

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Published February 23rd 2012 by Wiley (first published 2012)
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Tiffany
Sep 26, 2013 Tiffany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
After abandoning George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" in disgust on page 29 having suffered mightily through cardboard characters and all the muddled authorial insight of a shoelace, I swore I would not get sucked into the tv show. But people kept talking about it. I blame them.

Frankly, I was and remain appalled by the brevity of story intervals between the metronomically pornographic refrains of nude-women-sucking-cock, which occur with the regularity and inevitability of network tel
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Marlowe
I’ve been aware of the pop culture philosophy books for a few years now, but I’ve never actually taken the time to read one. But when they mentioned Game of Thrones and Philosophy on a recent episode of Sword & Laser, I reserved a copy from the library.

If you majored in Philosophy in college or enjoy reading Foucault in your free time, this isn’t the book for you. But as someone who has only had snippets of exposure to philosophical thought without much context or explanation, I did find thi
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Aspasia
Aug 22, 2013 Aspasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Game of Thrones and philosophy in the same sentence? This pop culture/philosophy mash-up caught my eye because 1. Game of Thrones is my favorite show and I need something to hold me over until next year, 2. Since I'm going back to school, I thought this book would help get my brain back into a semi-scholarly mode.

Topic Covered Case Study
biomedical ethics Bran Stark, Khal Drogo
metaphysics direwolves, wargs, wights
evil & injustice Cersei (need we say more?)
moral luck vs. moral responsibility T
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Yong Lee
I love the "Philosophy of " series of books. They use popular entertainment to make academic points about philosophy. I also loved the Game of Throne books. If you love the GOT books or TV series, and love ideas and the process of thought, this Philosophy of GOT book could pair perfectly with what you love and help you double your enjoyment, like red wine with steak.
Ash
Jul 17, 2013 Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Game of Thrones and Philosophy takes a philosophical approach at Westeros and all of the characters inhabiting it. Although, I have never any of the books but have watched all three seasons of Game of Thrones, I did enjoyed this book. I love looking at concepts in many different ways and finding different interpretations. It makes me wonder if George R.R. Martin give this much thought to his multifaceted characters and intricate world.

I also liked learning about different key terms in philosophy
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Carla
Apr 17, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read indeed. It raises questions about some of the most controversial and interesting topics in ASOIAF series (incest, Ned Stark's morality, the madness of the Targaryen's, etc). These modern day philosophers explore and analyze the characters in the series with backing from Plato, Aristotle, Hume and countless other great philosophers. I enjoyed exploring the topics addressed and it has given more insight into the world of ASOIAF. While reading certain viewpoints I wonde ...more
GONZA
Jun 18, 2013 GONZA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'unico appunto che mi sento di fare a questo libro é che non ha segnalato gli spoiler; ma come dici che chi ha visto le prime tre serie puó stare tranquillo e poi mi sveli praticamente la vita di tutte le protagoniste femminili della serie, che devo pensare? Che tutti i maschi muoiono?
Matt Holmes
Nov 21, 2015 Matt Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was fun! Flew right through it. The only chapter I had to skip was the one with the angry tumblr lady squawking about how chivalry is ableist. Not because she's wrong. Just because this was actual print media and both it and I deserve better.

I was especially partial to the bit that likened the House of Black and White to Zen practice.

My favorite thing was probably that it was published right after Season 1 aired, and only two of the thirty contributors referenced anything that happened afte
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Peter
Apr 30, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A MUST-READ NOT FOR THOSE LOOK ING FOR PHILOSOPHICAL EXPLANATIONS OF G.O.T. AS MUCH AS FOR THOSE INFESTED IN PHILOSOPHICAL COMCEPTS THAT ARE PORTAYED BY G.O.T.. I loved this book because it was basic a generalized study on philosophy that used mere examples from Game of Thrones, as opposed to the other way around. The narrator adapts to suits
Game of Thrones' feel and does a great job of conveying mood. Every chapter was informative, although the martial arts part felt a bit out of place. I fini
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Alexandra Sundarsingh
A useful introduction to many basic philosophers, but not a deep consideration of the issues in the novels. Instead superficial "answers" appear to be presented. Not impressed.
Joseph
Jun 15, 2012 Joseph is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
found this book at the book store and thought it would be interesting to read. I will inform you how it is when I finally finish book 5 and then read it.
Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
This is a rather flimsy, thin addition to the Pop Culture and Philosophy series. There are a couple of good essays that have some actual robust analysis, but most of them are very surface-level examinations of the characters and world of A Song of Ice and Fire. Likewise, though the back of the book claims that the essays will be focused on the TV show, there's a weird back-and-forth regarding how much of the show any one author seems to have seen, and how much of the books they're familiar with. ...more
Sandra
This book needs to make up its mind: are we writing about the television series (which had only aired 1 season at the time the essays for this book were written), or the books? Some writers only seemed familiar with the show or book 1, and didn't bother to include further development into their essays. Other writers did read some of the other books. It might have been best if the book had just limited itself to book/season 1.

Another thing that bothers me, is that these people were quoting the t
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Christopher
May 08, 2012 Christopher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I will start off by saying that I have enjoyed a few of the pop culture & philosophy works that have been written before. I especially love Star Wars and Philosophy by Kevin DeckerStar Wars and Philosophy and Running and Philosophy A Marathon for the Mind by Michael W. AustinRunning and Philosophy: A Marathon for the Mind. But, I fell that this one wasn't as good as the other. Sure it has the same problems as some of the other works in this series (essays that are either uninteresting or too complicated), but the biggest problem I found with it was that it wasn't organized very well. Like nearl ...more
Tiffani
First off, this is not directly related to the Song of Ice and Fire book series or the television series. That being said, the various authors use the book and television series to explore issues of philosophy. With the disclaimer that I do not have an extensive background in philosophy, I found this to be an entertaining (re)introduction to the subject. Over the course of twenty chapters, the various authors tackle topics like the search for happiness, whether one should be good or moral even i ...more
Christopher Kellen
Game of Thrones and Philosophy was a relatively interesting read. I've read some of the other entries in the ...and Philosophy series and found them all to be engaging, but this one seemed somehow lacking to me. The arguments, while well-presented, left something to be lacking in a deeper examination of philosophy. They drew heavily on comparisons to the work of famous philosophers (including, notably, nearly the same conclusions in two separate essays regarding the work of Thomas Hobbes) but di ...more
Julian
Sep 14, 2012 Julian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an entertaining and relatively short book, combining two of my favourite things. While the essays read as somewhat rushed and short, they nonetheless were a great vehicle for laymen like myself to help understand various concepts from predominantly western classic philosophy ( there was one chapter on Zen, Taoism and Arya's needle).
Just like I am enjoying the journey of the characters in Westeros and beyond, I also enjoyed thinking ( through this book) about their morals, their Machiavallia
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Luke Nyland
I found this book generally quite interesting, but while it's not directly affiliated with the Song of Ice & Fire franchise, I do feel it could have had a bit more relevance to the show/books.

Don't get me wrong, the show/books are constantly referred to, but I got the distinct feeling throughout this book that here are a bunch of philosophers with very interesting things to talk about... "oh, and here's a Game of Thrones reference. That'll keep the readers interested!"

Aside from the occasion
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Matthew
Overall rating 3.4 stars. The essays in this book are highly uneven in quality, and a large portion of them are held back by sticking to analyzing the first book in order not to spoil viewers of the HBO series (at the time of publication, only season 1 had aired), and thus many of the points made in said analyses are blown to pieces by events in future books. Some writers make factual errors in regard to the books, such as a particularly painful moment in an otherwise thought-provoking essay in ...more
Justin
As a fan of Game of Thrones I enjoyed the academic view of the books. It seemed to support what I already know about the books and that is, while it's complicated and unruly at times, Martin has done a good job of taking fantasy and making it relatable to our lives. A few of the essays stood out for recognizing this and doing a good job of explaining why. Too many of the essays, however, seemed to repeat themselves.
Steph
Jan 20, 2013 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with any compilation, this was a largely mixed bag. Some chapters were very much Philosophy 101, with inelegant use of Game of Thrones to demonstrate the theories. Others, however, used A Song of Ice and Fire to reveal something about our own understanding of philosophy, which was a fascinating and insightful use of the text.

Particular stand outs: Tedesco's chapter on biomedical ethics, Goguen's chapter on the injustice of chivalry and Timm's chapter on the definition of insanity. I also rat
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Apoorva
Aug 10, 2014 Apoorva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite interesting. Makes some obvious as well as not-so-obvious connects between philosophy and the GoT universe. If I ever teach Political Theory, I know which universe to consult.
Greg
Sep 22, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 4.5. Read alot of these pop culture and philosophy books and this one was very well done. The essay juxtaposing GOT with Thomas Hobbes Leviathan was particularly good.
Walid Rebbah
I liked it, it's an interesting and refreshing review of some fundamentals of the Philosophy through a reflection on our beloved characters and key events from ASOIF.
Kelly Jackson
Sep 14, 2014 Kelly Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better books on philosophy and pop culture. Some have to stretch to fit the topics being discussed. This fit nicely into the philosophical theories.
Raúl Mora
Jun 21, 2016 Raúl Mora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good and insightful explaining a well-defined example from the GOT saga (books preferential). A bit of spoilers.
Петър Стойков
Тази книга е част от много любопитната серия, която използва примери от популярни телевизионни шоута, книги и филми, за да обяснява основни положения във философията.

Вписвайки се в интригата на Игра на тронове, авторът използва политическата ситуация във Весерос за да обясни идеите на Джон Лок, Платон, Томас Хобс, Макиавели и др. влиятелни философи, изказали се по въпросите на държавността, управлението, гражданския морал и т.н. като за всеки намират герой, който най-добре ги въплъщава.

Като цяло
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Amy
Jun 21, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing the 5th book I neede something to quench my GoT sized hunger and turned to the "and philosophy" series that I have been curious about. The articles were good and gave me more to ponder and have a relateable way to learn about philosophy. I was struck by how many mistakes I found of book facts: " Robert's brothers Stanley and Renley". Oye vey. This is insignificant, yes, but there were statements made about Hodor as if it was a fact that he descended from giants and not just a the ...more
Jenny Poole
Apr 24, 2016 Jenny Poole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent primer for Season 6 of the HBO series. Plus, I am a complete sucker for these pop culture/science crossover books of essays. Of course, I have finished the published books in the Fire & Ice series. I'm with many of you waiting impatiently for book 6.
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