Title:Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curious and Curiouser
Author: William Irwin and Richard Brian Davis
Publication Date: January 12, 2010
Paperback: 240 pages
About the book:
Should the Cheshire Cat's grin make us reconsider the nature of reality?
Can Humpty Dumpty make words mean whatever he says they mean?
Can drugs take us down the rabbit-hole?
Is Alice a feminist icon?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as a blue caterpillar who smokes a hookah, a cat whose grin remains after its head has faded away, and a White Queen who lives backward and remembers forward? Is it all just nonsense? Was Carroll under the influence? This book probes the deeper underlying meaning in the Alice books and reveals a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Tapping into some of the greatest philosophical minds that ever lived -- Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche -- Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life's ultimate questions through the eyes of perhaps the most endearing heroine in all of literature.
This book has not been approved, licensed, or sponsored by an entity or person involved in creating or producing Alice in Wonderland, the novels or films.
Alice In Wonderland and Philosophy is a rather enlightening read about lessons that can be learned through the various characters and their actions in the novel Alice In Wonderland. While I had never looked this deeply into the meaning of Lewis Carol's delightful and fanciful tale before now, William Irwin and Richard Brian Davies decided to as a part of their Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series. So what can be learned? The book is laid out in four parts totaling fourteen chapters each of which is written by a different author. With depth and precision, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy deconstructs various parts of the story to show the deeper philosophical side and how each can be practically applied to everyday life. My favourite chapter was on logical possibility and tying in Hume's thoughts. Throughout Alice In Wonderland and Philosophy, the reader can look within as well as at the world at large all the while learning about some of the greatest philosophical minds. I found Alice In Wonderland and Philosophy to be a thoroughly engaging read.
About the Author:
Richard Brian Davis is an associate professor of philosophy at Tyndale University College and the coeditor of 24 and Philosophy.
William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.
The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series:
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and a healthy helping of popular culture clears the cobwebs from Kant. Philosophy has had a public relations problem for a few centuries now. This series aims to change that, showing that philosophy is relevant to your life–and not just for answering the big questions like "To be or not to be?" but for answering the little questions: "To watch or not to watch House?" Thinking deeply about TV, movies, and music doesn't make you a "complete idiot." In fact it might make you a philosopher, someone who believes the unexamined life is not worth living and the unexamined cartoon is not worth watching.
To learn more about the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, visit www.andphilosophy.com, and follow the series on Twitter and Facebook.
I received a complimentary copy of Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curious and Curiouser by William Irwin and Richard Brian Davis from FSB Media. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.