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ISBN-13:
9781442269767
Seiten:
328
Autor:
Jacob M. Held
Serie:
Great Authors and Philosophy
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Haunting us with such unforgettable stories as The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Salem’s Lot, Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Sematary, Stephen King has been an anchor of American horror, science fiction, psychological thrillers, and suspense for more than forty years. His characters have brought chills to our spines and challenged our notions of reality while leaving us in awe of the perseverance of the human spirit. The first book in the new Great Authors and Philosophy series, Stephen King and Philosophy reveals some of the deeper issues raised by King’s work. From retribution, freedom, and moral relativity, to death and insanity, the chapters of this book expose how King’s stories access the questions and fears that haunt each of us in the middle of the night.
Haunting us with such unforgettable stories as The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Salem’s Lot, Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Sematary, Stephen King has been an anchor of American horror, science fiction, psychological thrillers, and suspense for more than forty years. His characters have brought chills to our spines and challenged our notions of reality while leaving us in awe of the perseverance of the human spirit. The first book in the new Great Authors and Philosophy series, Stephen King and Philosophy reveals some of the deeper issues raised by King’s work. From retribution, freedom, and moral relativity, to death and insanity, the chapters of this book expose how King’s stories access the questions and fears that haunt each of us in the middle of the night.
Introduction: On Writing Popular Philosophy 1

Jacob M. Held


1 There Is No God in Desperation: Tak and the Problem of Evil 13


C. Taylor Sutton and Jacob Held


2 Female Subjectivity in Carrie 35


Kellye Byal


3 “Sometimes Dead Is Better”: King, Daedalus, Dragon-


Tyrants, and Deathism 47


Katherine Allen


4 “Gan Is Dead”: Nietzsche and Roland’s Eternal Recurrence 71


Garret Merriam


5 Rāma of Gilead: Hindu Philosophy in The Dark Tower 83


Matthew A. Butkus


6 What’s Wrong with Roland?: Utilitarianism and the Dark


Tower 97


Greg Littmann


7 Stephen King and Aristotelian Friendship: An Analysis of


The Body and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank


Redemption 113


Bertha Alvarez Manninen


8 Propaganda and Pedagogy for Apt Pupils 131


Michael K. Potter and Cam Cobb


9 The Shining’s Overlook Hotel as Heterotopia 147


Elizabeth Hornbeck


10 Broadcast Dystopia: Power and Violence in The Running


Man and The Long Walk 161


Joseph J. Foy and Timothy M. Dale


11 Stephen King and the Art of Horror 173


Greg Littmann


12 “You Weren’t Hired to Philosophize, Torrance”: The Death


of the Author in The Shining 195


Charles Bane


13 What Happens to the Present When It Becomes the Past:


Time Travel and the Nature of Time in The Langoliers 207


Paul R. Daniels


14 Notes on Foreknowledge, Truthmaking, and


Counterfactuals from The Dead Zone 219


Tuomas W. Manninen


15 Time Belongs to the Tower 231


Randall Auxier


16 Ur 88,416 253


Randall Auxier


17 From Desperation to Haven: Horror, Compassion, and


Arthur Schopenhauer 277


Jacob M. Held


Ka-tet: Author Biographies 299