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Lego and Philosophy: Call for Abstracts

Lego and Philosophy Call for Abstracts Edited by Sondra Bacharach and Roy T. Cook The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series . Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Works focusing on the any aspect of the multimedia Lego phenomenon (including building sets, films and…

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Mass Effect, Personal Identity, and Genocide

Mass Effect, Personal Identity, and Genocide By Russ Hamer   As video games and gaming gain traction in our society, we are seeing the production of more and more games that immerse the player in serious narratives full of complicated philosophical problems. Mass Effect is one of these games. For those who don’t know, the…


Daredevil and the Not-So-Super Hero

Daredevil and the Not-So-Super Hero In a recent post Jeff Nicholas discussed Iron Man and Captain America in asking: What is the purpose of a hero? Over at The Freeman Sarah Skwire sings the praises of Daredevil and the not-so-super hero. You might also like: View the complete list of books:

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What is the Purpose of the Hero?

What is the Purpose of the Hero? Age of Ultron, Dune, Batman, and Nietzsche By Jeffery L. Nicholas Age of Ultron asks one of those ultimate meta-questions: what is the purpose of the hero? I suspect that Captain America: Civil War will center on this question, but we get the first glimpse in AoU. Tony…


Björk: The Rousseau of Rock

Björk: The Rousseau of Rock By Stefan Valdemar Snævarr Franco-Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1713-1778) was one of the first Western thinkers to extol the virtues of pristine nature. In his book The Reveries of a Solitary Walker he talked about the feeling of oneness with nature while taking solitary walks in the forest. Man is…

Mad Men: Lost Horizon

Lost Horizon: “No, this is not a disentanglement from, but a progressive knotting into.” James B. South At this point, Mad Men has become so complicated and self-referential that it’s amazing Matthew Weiner can still craft a good episode that advances the story. Luckily, though, so many of the show’s references are also to things…