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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 John Wiley & Sons (first published 2012)
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Tiffany
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...more
GONZA
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?
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.
Aspasia
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...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...more
Christopher
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
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...more
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...more
Ash
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...more
Steph
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...more
Amy
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
Joseph Santiago
To hear the words spoken by the characters in the Game of Thrones Series put into a greater context was wonderful. I got a greater appreciation of the series and want to read all of Martin's books. I just haven't got there yet. The philosophy essays were mostly interesting but it got a bit dry now and then. I would have preferred more emphasis on the stories with emphasis on the philosophy second. The value was more clearly placed on philosophy chosen. This was interesting but took me a bit long...more
John
Good fun if you like the Games of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire) series.
Not really for serious philosophers methinks,(am not one myself).
Its essentially a seies of essays on philosophical topics, using the behaviours of characters in the series as a vehicle for exploration of the issues. Some of the contributions were masterful, others were weak. Overall worth the read, I enjoyed it.
Colin
It's pretty basic Philosophy 101 kind of stuff. I've had deeper thoughts whilst scratching my arse. Although in relation to fans who have never engaged in philosophy, this is going to be a good book. In fact this whole series (there's a Hunger Games one etc) is a good way to draw new people in to philosophy. So I admire that.
Aimeé Rodríguez
Great use of examples, from both the novels and the series, to explore how Martin's world holds up in terms of modern philosophical theories. The discussion about Machiavellian leadership and game theory serves to provide insight into the motivations of the characters, postulating who will come out on top the Game of Thrones.
Hosker
I quite enjoyed it overall. The essays were interesting and mostly well-explained, so it should be readable for people not familiar with philosophy (like myself), and has certainly got me interested in it. However, the references to A Song of Ice and Fire in some of he essays felt half-heartened and forced.
Danny
Enjoyable read. It's the first book in the "Philosophy and..." series that I've read. If you're a fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and you have at least a passing interest(like myself) in philosophy then this is highly recommended.
Samantha
A fantastic application of philosophical theories to my favourite book series. I had a basic knowledge of philosophy thanks to my a levels so this book was a refresh as well. Brilliant, a must read for all aSoIF fans
Phredric
I like these "...and Philosophy" books. This is not one of the best (the essays are rather weak and repetitive) but I especially liked the "The Water Dance" and the essay on Tyrion.
Ashwise
An interesting look on how being moral can cost you your head, and how respecting cultures can open new doors, among many of the various essays written.
Robert Probst
Pretty good book, but I'm not a philospher so a pretty hard read. But for the most part it was good.
Michelle Roberts
It was okay. Apparently philosophy isn't really my cup of tea. I only understood about half of it.
Alejandro Hurtado
Uneven collection of essays. Some where very good, while others... not so much.
Tom
Great read, very insightful and interesting to boot
Alexandra Tobor
Eins der besseren Bücher dieser Reihe. >:-)
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- B.A. in philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, Fordham University, 1992. Full Presidential Scholarship.

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