Hobbit and Philosophy For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way

ISBN-10: 0470405147
ISBN-13: 9780470405147
Edition: 2012
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Description: A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic—just in time for the December 2012 release of Peter Jackson's new film adaptation, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyJ.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the best-loved fantasy books of  More...

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List price: $11.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 10/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic—just in time for the December 2012 release of Peter Jackson's new film adaptation, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyJ.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the best-loved fantasy books of all time and the enchanting "prequel" to The Lord of the Rings. With the help of some of history's great philosophers, this book ponders a host of deep questions raised in this timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply "nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things" that "make you late for dinner," or are they exciting and potentially life-changing events? What duties do friends have to one another? Should mercy be extended even to those who deserve to die?Gives you new insights into The Hobbit's central characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorin and their exploits, from the Shire through Mirkwood to the Lonely MountainExplores key questions about The Hobbit's story and themes, including: Was the Arkenstone really Bilbo's to give? How should Smaug's treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his "beautiful golden harp" at Bag-End when he headed out into the Wild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?)Draws on the insights of some of the world's deepest thinkers, from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, William Blake, and contemporary American philosopher Thomas NagelFrom the happy halls of Elrond's Last Homely House to Gollum's "slimy island of rock," The Hobbit and Philosophy is a must read for longtime Tolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and his adventures "there and back again" for the first time.

Lara Hoffmans specializes in managing high net worth clients. She is the Senior Content Editor at Fisher Investments, and coauthored with Ken Fisher the bestsellers The Only Three Questions that Count and The Ten Roads to Riches.

Eric Bronson heads the philosophy and history departments at Berkeley College in New York City. He coedited The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy and contributed to The Simpsons and Philosophy and Seinfeld and Philosophy. He lives in new York City.

Acknowledgments: Thag You Very Buch
Introduction: Never Laugh at Live Philosophers
Discover Your Inner Took
The Adventurous Hobbit
"The Road Goes Ever On and On": A Hobbit's Tao
Big Hairy Feet: A Hobbit's Guide to Enlightenment
Bilbo Baggins: The Cosmopolitan Hobbit
The Good, the Bad, and the Slimy
The Glory of Bilbo Baggins
Pride and Humility in The Hobbit
"My Precious": Tolkien on the Perils of Possessiveness
Tolkien's Just War
"Pretty Fair Nonsense": Art and Beauty in The Hobbit
Hobbitus Ludens: Why Hobbits Like to Play and Why We Should, Too
Riddles and Rings
"The Lord of Magic and Machines": Tolkien on Magic and Technology
Inside The Hobbit: Bilbo Baggins and the Paradox of Fiction
Philosophy in the Dark: The Hobbit and Hermeneutics
Being There and Back Again
Some Hobbits Have All the Luck
The Consolation of Bilbo: Providence and Free Will in Middle-Earth
Out of the Frying Pan: Courage and Decision Making in Wilderland
There and Back Again: A Song of Innocence and Experience
Contributors: Our Most Excellent and Audacious Contributors
Index: The Moon Letters

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