Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can

Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine By Kevin S. Decker ✸ – Thomashillier.co.uk The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence, and permeating popular culture around the world The films feature many complex the The Star and Philosophy: PDF/EPUB ë Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence, and permeating popular culture around the world The films feature many complex themes ranging from good versus evil and moral development and corruption to religious faith and pragmatism, forgiveness and redemption, and many othersThe essays in this volume tackle the philosophical questions from these blockbuster films including Was Anakin predestined to fall to the Dark Side Are the Star Wars PDF/EPUB ² Jedi truly role models of moral virtue Why would the citizens and protectors of a democratic Republic allow it to descend into a tyrannical empire Is Yoda a peaceful Zen master or a great warrior, or both Why is there both a light and a dark side of the Force Star Wars and Philosophy ponders the depths of these subjects and asks what it truly means to be mindful of the living force.


10 thoughts on “Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine

  1. Doug Doug says:

    It s been ages since I read this, but I remember enjoying it enough, though some might find its focus on the prequel trilogy a little off putting It makes sense however that it would have a focus on the prequels, given its publication fell right around the same time as Revenge of the Sith hit theaters I liked the book, but I remember finishing it feeling like most of it was just a pretty general and elementary summary of a variety of worldviews and some loose connections that the authors found It s been ages since I read this, but I remember enjoying it enough, though some might find its focus on the prequel trilogy a little off putting It makes sense however that it would have a focus on the prequels, given its publication fell right around the same time as Revenge of the Sith hit theaters I liked the book, but I remember finishing it feeling like most of it was just a pretty general and elementary summary of a variety of worldviews and some loose connections that the authors found between these worldviews and the Star Wars universe Entertaining for sure, but nothing groundbreaking If you re looking for ain depth analysis of the Star Wars universe and its various philosophical themes, you might be better off elsewhere, though sadly even as a huge Star Wars fan myself I don t know where you might find such a book


  2. Joe Joe says:

    You could probably write a pretty good essay about Jedi philosophy and how it relates to various philosophies from history Unfortunately, it turns out that you can t write 17 coherent, readable essays about 3 good great movies and three mediocre bad movies After the 6th essay that references Yoda s famous do or do not, there is no try, you ll with you d picked a philosophy book withsubject matter to choose from Many of these essays are simple overviews of a particular philosophers id You could probably write a pretty good essay about Jedi philosophy and how it relates to various philosophies from history Unfortunately, it turns out that you can t write 17 coherent, readable essays about 3 good great movies and three mediocre bad movies After the 6th essay that references Yoda s famous do or do not, there is no try, you ll with you d picked a philosophy book withsubject matter to choose from Many of these essays are simple overviews of a particular philosophers ideas with a tentative connection to a theme in Star Wars while others force arguments and conclusions so awkward, you ll wonder how they made it through any critical proof reading process There are a couple relative gems in this book, but if you re into science fiction and philosophy, I d try Star Trek and Philosophy which I haven t read but have heard good things which has that muchmedia and lore to draw upon


  3. Miguel Pinto Miguel Pinto says:

    This is a fine book connecting the Star Wars movies with philosophy Most of the book is fascinating and allows the fans to see the movies, and philosophy, under a new light and philosophy curious people to see the movies as something other than pop culture drug it was easy to read, and good entertainment.recommend the read


  4. Thomas L. Clapham Thomas L. Clapham says:

    I really enjoyed the book One poignant point was that not all Sith are wholly evil and not all Jedi are wholly good.


  5. Wesley Fox Wesley Fox says:

    Solid contribution to the pop culture and philosophy series George Lucas incorporates some pretty interesting concepts from Zen Buddhism, Daoism, as well as a few random topics from Western traditions in his modern epic The franchise is rich with topics and raw material for a book on philosophy, unlike other pop culture topics in this series Like the other books in the series, it has a few chapters that are just philosophy tutorials with just like in Star Wars tacked on to the end But I d Solid contribution to the pop culture and philosophy series George Lucas incorporates some pretty interesting concepts from Zen Buddhism, Daoism, as well as a few random topics from Western traditions in his modern epic The franchise is rich with topics and raw material for a book on philosophy, unlike other pop culture topics in this series Like the other books in the series, it has a few chapters that are just philosophy tutorials with just like in Star Wars tacked on to the end But I d say 80% of the book is from legit Star Wars fans, analyzing Star Wars from an expert philosopher perspective Great stuff Parts I and II are my favorites, along with Chapter 16.Does not need to be read front to back Each chapter is self contained


  6. Eric Eric says:

    I m enjoying this book which combines two of my interests.


  7. James Ogunbola James Ogunbola says:

    It was a decent book It really made me think about the characters in Star wars.


  8. Raughley Nuzzi Raughley Nuzzi says:

    In college I had to take two semesters of Philosophy I found it to be dry and unsatisfying What I needed was a book like this one As a Star Wars nerd, I have often found myself having discussions with friends about Obi Wan s lying to Luke or whether droids have sentience This book of philosophy essays helps frame many of our nascent ideas through a philosophical frame, citing St Augustine, Socrates, Hegel, Heidegger, and others and illustrating some of their key works through Star Wars chara In college I had to take two semesters of Philosophy I found it to be dry and unsatisfying What I needed was a book like this one As a Star Wars nerd, I have often found myself having discussions with friends about Obi Wan s lying to Luke or whether droids have sentience This book of philosophy essays helps frame many of our nascent ideas through a philosophical frame, citing St Augustine, Socrates, Hegel, Heidegger, and others and illustrating some of their key works through Star Wars characters, settings, and themes.I found it to be an excellent, if introductory, survey of philosophy and greatly enjoyed the Star Wars hook Its age shows a bit, as it was published the same year that Revenge of the Sith came out and so it heavily relies on themes and scenes from Attack of the Clones which do not often hold up under close scrutiny Similarly, a few of the authors lavish praise for the writing and acting in AOTC felt like a bizarre artifact of a bygone era That said, the imbalanced focus on AOTC did give me some greater appreciation for that movie, though I muchenjoyed the essays that focused on the philosophical journeys of Luke and Vader or broader musings on the nature of the Force.I highly recommend this for Star Wars fans interested in dipping their toes in the philosophy pool Philosophers will have likely seen all these topics covered better elsewhere and those neither interested in Star Wars or in Philosophy will really not enjoy Star Wars and Philosophy


  9. Tracey Tracey says:

    From the last essay in this collection on epistemology and faith My reasons for believing in the goodness of my students is not truth conducive, that is I don t hold this belief based on good evidence Rather, as a pragmatist, I believe that there are practical reasons why one might be justified in believing something For example, I believe in the goodness of my students because I think some good will come of it and no harm will be done Yoda and Obi Wan lack good evidence that Luke can bec From the last essay in this collection on epistemology and faith My reasons for believing in the goodness of my students is not truth conducive, that is I don t hold this belief based on good evidence Rather, as a pragmatist, I believe that there are practical reasons why one might be justified in believing something For example, I believe in the goodness of my students because I think some good will come of it and no harm will be done Yoda and Obi Wan lack good evidence that Luke can become a Jedi and vanquish the emperor and Vader A fitting ending to a decent collection of essays on philosophy and Star Wars This was published in 2005, so this is all about Episodes I VI, with Empire being heavily relied on for much of the textual evidence from Star Wars The collection is a bit uneven with some of the essays either being too similar in content or weak in their argument, but overall this was a lot of fun to read and think about.The essay entitled, By any means necessary Tyranny, Democracy, Republic, and Empire is one that is frighteningly prophetic about how easy it is to willing move people from a democracy to a tyrannical Empire It d be interesting to see the collection updated after IX is out and there could be focused analysis on Leia and Padam and REY because women are essentailly left out of this collection


  10. Christopher Christopher says:

    This is a fine book connecting the pop culture classic Star Wars movies with philosophy Most of the articles are fascinating and allow Star Wars fans to see the movies, and philosophy, in a new light and philosophy enthusiasts to see the movies as something other than pop culture drudgery This book could also serve as a great introduction to a high school or lower level college class on philosophy as many of the great philosophical minds William James, Plato, Nietzsche, etc are referenced This is a fine book connecting the pop culture classic Star Wars movies with philosophy Most of the articles are fascinating and allow Star Wars fans to see the movies, and philosophy, in a new light and philosophy enthusiasts to see the movies as something other than pop culture drudgery This book could also serve as a great introduction to a high school or lower level college class on philosophy as many of the great philosophical minds William James, Plato, Nietzsche, etc are referenced throughout I do have a few reservations though First, a few of the authors are not as enthusiastic about the movies as the majority of their peers in this book and seem to be just writing their article for the money When that is the case, their work seems to suffer for it Also, while most of the articles are easy enough for a general audience, there are a few articles that are too complicated and could have used a littleediting to make themaccessible In summation, this is a fine book for fans of Star Wars and philosophy


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