The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy You Think or Die

Book Title The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy
You Think or Die
Author Name Silverman and Robert Arp
Publishing house Open Court
Country – city USA
Date of issue 2016
Number of pages 278

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The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy You Think or Die

“Game of Thrones isn’t just beautiful and exhilarating.

It’s deep, and this collection of essays shows it. From investigations of the ethics of violence and sexuality to reflections on matters of faith, knowledge, and political power, this volume, like Game of Thrones itself, collects a vast world of thought and feeling.

It does so, too, in a way that’s both fascinating and accessible. The North may remember, but the authors of these chapters know how to think! Winter’s coming, so sharpen not only your swords but also your ideas.”

—Peter S. Fosl, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Transylvania University
“Just as the three-eyed raven appears to Bran Stark in his vision-dreams, inspiring his quest beyond the wall to the cave where his body resides, this book shall stimulate, counsel, and enlighten the reader about the multifarious philosophical themes at work in the people who battle for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms.

It’s fire for the passionate soul and food for thought. After all, don’t forget, winter is coming!”

—Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, author of Doorway to the World of Essences (2011) and contributor to Clear and Present Thinking: A Handbook in Logic and Rationality (2013)
“A highly addictive show deserves a highly addictive analysis.

The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy is the definitive source for all of us who didn’t want the experience to end with viewing but aren’t satisfied with the ordinary water-cooler banter.

Although this volume doesn’t include nearly as much gratuitous nudity or violence (or any for that matter) it is the essential Game of Thronescompanion.”

—Daniel Miori, author and medical practitioner

“In a world where you never really know whom you can trust, and losing is never an option, it pays to have a reliable guide on hand at all times.

If you can’t call on Tyrion Lannister, then this book is your guide. It’s filled with clear-cut answers to the exhausting range of philosophical questions raised in Game of Thrones. You’ll soon be sitting on your very own Iron Throne—with one sword for each question!”

—John V. Karavitis, CPA, MBA, popular writer on pop culture and philosophy
“The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy traverses the vast lands of Westeros and the territory north of the Wall and across the Narrow Sea to examine, among other things, who may be truly worthy to sit on the Iron Throne.

Like any mega-popular television franchise, Game of Thrones tells us just as much about ourselves as about the fictional kings, queens, bastards, and broken things who populate this world.

The maesters of this book help us understand why we love this show—and the books on which it is based—so much, even when it frustrates or disturbs us.

You don’t have to travel to the Citadel or pray to ‘the old gods and the new’ to gain insight into the human condition so aptly depicted byGame of Thrones and the thirty-one chapters in this scholarly tome.”

—Jason T. Eberl, Semler Endowed Chair for Medical Ethics, Professor of Philosophy, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Marian University

“The best of fantasy is rooted in reality, and in Westeros we find ourselves, our demons (aka the Lannisters), and our better angels, even if the latter are quite rare, and named Jon Snow.

The authors in this book use Game of Thrones to explore our shared human condition. From Jon Snow as moral exemplar to the redemption of the Hound, readers will learn about themselves by engaging their favorite, and most hated, residents of the Seven Kingdoms. Westeros should look familiar, it’s our world—a world of injustice and cruelty.

But it’s also a world of redemption, sacrifice, honor, and integrity. All this is captured in The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy.”

—Jacob M. Held, Director of the UCA Core, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Central Arkansas
“The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the Seven Kingdoms with critical essays including those on the humor of Tyrion, why we love to hate Joffrey, questioning the meaning of prophecy for Daenerys and Stannis, the “misshapen” Christ analogs in Jon Snow’s resurrection, Brienne of Tarth and feminine recognition, the ambiguity of Jaime Lannister as sinner and savior, and whether Samwell Tarly will save them all by delving into the Citadel library in Oldtown.

Readers will enjoy exploring deeper thinking on their favorite characters and the major themes of the series up to and including Season Six.”

The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy You Think or Die

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