Hunger Games and Philosophy A Critique of Pure Treason

ISBN-10: 1118065077

ISBN-13: 9781118065075

Edition: 2012

Authors: William Irwin, Nicolas Michaud, George A. Dunn

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A philosophical exploration of Suzanne Collins′s New York Times bestselling series, just in time for the release of The Hunger Games movieKatniss Everdeen is "the girl who was on fire," but she is also the girl who made us think, dream, question authority, and rebel. The post–apocalyptic world of Panem′s twelve districts is a divided society on the brink of war and struggling to survive, while the Capitol lives in the lap of luxury and pure contentment. At every turn in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and their many allies wrestle with harrowing choices and ethical dilemmas that push them to the brink. Is it okay for Katniss to break the law to ensure her family′s survival? Do ordinary moral rules apply in the Arena? Can the world of The Hunger Games shine a light into the dark corners of our world? Why do we often enjoy watching others suffer? How can we distinguish between what′s Real and Not Real? This book draws on some of history′s most engaging philosophical thinkers to take you deeper into the story and its themes, such as sacrifice, altruism, moral choice, and gender.Gives you new insights into the Hunger Games series and its key characters, plot lines, and ideasExamines important themes such as the state of nature, war, celebrity, authenticity, and social classApplies the perspective of some of world′s greatest minds, such as Charles Darwin, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, and Immanuel Kant to the Hunger Games trilogyCovers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogyAn essential companion for Hunger Games fans, this book will take you deeper into the dystopic world of Panem and into the minds and motivations of those who occupy it.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited
Publication date: 2/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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Acknowledgments: "It's Like the Bread. How I Never Get Over Owing You for That."
Introduction: Let The Hunger Games and Philosophy Begin!
"Having An Eye For Beauty Isn't Necessarily A Weakness": The Art Of Resisting The Capitol
"The Final Word on Entertainment": Mimetic and Monstrous Art in the Hunger Games
"Somewhere between Hair Ribbons and Rainbows": How Even the Shortest Song Can Change the World
"I Will Be Your Mockingjay": The Power and Paradox of Metaphor in the Hunger Games Trilogy
"We're Fickle, Stupid Beings": Hungering For Morality In An Immoral World
"The Odds Have Not Been Very Dependable of Late": Morality and Luck in the Hunger Games Trilogy
The Joy of Watching Others Suffer: Schadenfreude and the Hunger Games
"So Here I Am in His Debt Again": Katniss, Gifts, and Invisible Strings
"I Am As Radiant As The Sun": The Natural, The Unnatural, And Not-So-Weird Science
Competition and Kindness: The Darwinian World of the Hunger Games
"No Mutt Is Good"-Really? Creating Interspecies Chimeras
"Peeta Bakes. I Hunt.": What Katniss Can Teach Us About Love, Caring, And Gender
Why Katniss Chooses Peeta: Looking at Love through a Stoic Lens
"She Has No Idea. The Effect She Can Have.": Katniss and the Politics of Gender
Sometimes the World Is Hungry for People Who Care: Katniss and the Feminist Care Ethic
"As Long As You Can Find Yourself, You'll Never Starve": How To Be Yourself When It's All A Big Show
Why Does Katniss Fail at Everything She Fakes? Being versus Seeming to Be in the Hunger Games Trilogy
Who Is Peeta Mellark? The Problem of Identity in Panem
"Here's Some Advice. Stay Alive.": A Tribute's Guide To The Morality And Logic Of Warfare
"Safe to Do What?": Morality and the War of All against All in the Arena
Starting Fires Can Get You Burned: The Just-War Tradition and the Rebellion against the Capitol
The Tribute's Dilemma: The Hunger Games and Game Theory
"It Must Be Very Fragile If A Handful Of Berries Can Bring It Down": The Political Philosophy Of Coriolanus Snow
Discipline and the Docile Body: Regulating Hungers in the Capitol
"All of This Is Wrong": Why One of Rome's Greatest Thinkers Would Despise the Capitol
Class Is in Session: Power and Privilege in Panem
Contributors: Our Resistance Squadron
Index: "A List in My Head of Every Act of Goodness I've Seen Someone Do"
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