Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pink Floyd and Philosophy: Careful with that Axiom, Eugene!” as Want to Read:
Pink Floyd and Philosophy: Careful with that Axiom, Eugene!
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pink Floyd and Philosophy: Careful with that Axiom, Eugene! (Popular Culture and Philosophy #30)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  196 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Pink Floyd’s sound and light shows in the 1960s defined psychedelia, but their later recordings combined rock, orchestral music, literature, and philosophy. Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall ignored pop music’s usual strictures to focus on themes of madness, despair, brutality, and alienation. Here, 16 scholars set delve into the heart of Pink Floyd by examining ideas, co ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 28th 2007 by Open Court
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pink Floyd and Philosophy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pink Floyd and Philosophy

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Mardin Uzeri
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was totally written for me.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Pink Floyd is not just a band for burnt-out hippie potheads. The one chapter missing from this book... a chapter devoted to Roger Waters socialist politics. Then again, if this was written by American "Philosophers" you can't expect they'd know anything about socialism.
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is for anyone interested in the history of the band as well as understanding the symbolism used. By the end of this book you will know how deep Pink really is.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Philosophy fans
I was interested in this book because I'm a fan of Pink Floyd. It would've definitely helped if I had a better knowledge of philosophy basics before reading this. It just didn't make any sense to me.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Pink Floyd, at their peak, remains for me somehow larger than life. So I used a gift certificate to pick this book up, after a quick perusal suggested it could actually be interesting. The first essay in the book, by the editor, is actually a quite interesting deconstruction of the oeuvre. The next few essays weren't so hot, but I'm sure I'll pick it up again and read more of them.
Reksa Vali
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pink Floyd, seperti tipikal band inggris kebanyakan yang unik, progresif, cerdas, skill full dan inovatif. tapi mendengar sekilas barisan discography Pink Floyd sepertinya jauh dari cukup untuk memahami apa yang di bawa pink floyd dalam musiknya dan kemana musik mereka membawa pendengarnya. band yang lahir di tahun 60an ini adalah artefak berharga dari benih etintas pop culture yang tumbuh subur kemudian. kegilaan pertunjukan mereka di tahun 60, ekperimentasi dan ekplorasi beragam synthesizer hi ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Good money spinner this. Put the Pink Floyd on the cover than, concentrating mainly on Dark Side and afterwards including the Waters almost solos, and then watch the lucre flow in.

It's OK, written by people who don not know too much about Floyd from the point of origin and who are not au fait with all of the catalogue and the bootlegs. Good for a bit of a wheeze. Seeing them live before the 60 pound gorilla came along were some of the best shows I have ever seem and experienced...heard is not de
Keith LaFountaine
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This is a book that can be misconstrued in a number of ways. It's not entirely about Pink Floyd, nor is it really for a Floyd fan interested in reading about the band. This is actual philosophical interpretations of the music, often relating to other theories and philosophers. It can be dense at times due to this.

However, with that said, I loved this book. Some essays were a bit dry or repetitive, but overall there are some very interesting comparisons here that illuminate not only Flo
Christopher Rex
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Some of the essays in this collection are better than others. Overall, a very interesting read, even if you are not the biggest Floyd fan. Many of the philosophical questions presented are very interesting in their own right, but the connections to Floyd add an interesting twist to the thinking. Recommended for the Floyd Fan, for sure
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Each chapter is written by a different author. Some are very boring, some read like a term paper (one compares the album Animals to the book Animal Farm - very interesting) Some of the chapters are more psychodelic-y than I would like, but over all, I enjoyed the book.
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it
In progress. Each chapter by a different author delving into one specific philosophical school and taking proof points from various Pink Floyd songs and lyrics. Probably only for the hard core Floyd fans. Like me...
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think this book was written by the same people who write Star Trek guide books.
rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2010
rated it it was ok
Jan 31, 2011
Paul Weatherford
rated it really liked it
Aug 02, 2014
rated it really liked it
Aug 18, 2009
rated it liked it
Sep 14, 2013
Parasite Cage
rated it liked it
Jan 09, 2017
rated it really liked it
Dec 29, 2008
rated it liked it
Sep 24, 2014
rated it really liked it
Aug 03, 2013
Vangelis Kritikos
rated it liked it
Jul 25, 2011
Phillip goldstein
rated it it was amazing
Mar 28, 2012
Mac Horne
rated it liked it
Dec 09, 2014
rated it it was ok
Apr 08, 2008
Eriol Tolkien Lofgeornost
rated it really liked it
Aug 10, 2011
rated it really liked it
May 06, 2014
David Hockabout
rated it really liked it
Sep 13, 2013
Eduardo Camargo
rated it really liked it
Dec 06, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Dec 26, 2011
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter Happier More Deductive
  • The Beatles and Philosophy: Nothing You Can Think that Can't Be Thunk
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History
  • Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World
  • Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think!
  • Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga
  • Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
  • Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage
  • Wilco: Learning How to Die
  • Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture
  • South Park and Philosophy: Bigger, Longer, and More Penetrating
  • The Rolling Stone Interviews
  • My Friend Michael: Growing Up With The King Of Pop
  • Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful
  • Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day
  • Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant
  • Facebook and Philosophy: What's on Your Mind?
  • Dune and Philosophy: Weirding Way of the Mentat

Other Books in the Series

Popular Culture and Philosophy (1 - 10 of 102 books)
  • Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book About Everything and Nothing (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
  • The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer
  • The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale
  • The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All
  • Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box
  • The Sopranos and Philosophy: I Kill Therefore I Am (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
  • Woody Allen and Philosophy: [You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?]
  • Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts
  • Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controverssy
“[Roger] Waters has suggested that empathy is the central theme of all the band[Pink Floyd]'s classic, mature works beginning with [the album] Meddle. Waters singles out the following lines from "Echoes": Strangers passing in the street / By chance two seperate glances meet / And I am you and what I see is me.” 5 likes
More quotes…