Final Fantasy and Philosophy: The Ultimate Walkthrough (Paperback)

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Jason P. Blahuta is an associate professor of philosophy at Lakehead University and has contributed to Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy and Terminator and Philosophy.

Michel S. Beaulieu is an assistant professor of history at Lakehead University.

William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. 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.

An unauthorized look behind one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, Final Fantasy

The Final Fantasy universe is packed with compelling characters and incredible storylines. In this book, you'll take a fascinating look at the deeper issues that Final Fantasy forces players to think about while trying to battle their way to the next level, such as: Does Cloud really exist (or should we really care)? Is Kefka really insane? Are Moogles part of a socialist conspiracy? Does the end of the game justify the means?

As Mages, Moogles, fiends, and Kefka are mashed together with the likes of Machiavelli, Marx, Foucault, and Kafka, you'll delve into crucial topics such as madness, nihilism, environmental ethics, Shintoism, the purpose of life, and much more.

  • Examines the philosophical issues behind one of the world's oldest and most popular video-game series
  • Offers new perspectives on Final Fantasy characters and themes
  • Gives you a psychological advantage--or at least a philosophical one--against your Final Fantasy enemies
  • Allows you to apply the wisdom of centuries of philosophy to any game in the series, including Final Fantasy XIII

Guaranteed to add a new dimension to your understanding of the Final Fantasy universe, this book is the ultimate companion to the ultimate video-game series.


ISBN 9780470415368
Genre PHILOSOPHY / General
Format Paperback
Pages 223
Publisher Date 2009-10-19 00:00:00.0
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc
Copyright Year 2009
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 0.72 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Ultimate Walkthrough
Series Name The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture
Edition Detail Original
Audience General/trade

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  • Interesting for the most part

    I ordered this book as part of a larger order that I was making here. Me being a Final Fantasy aficionado, I figured this book would give me another perspective on the Final Fantasy universe as it stated that I would do. Well, it did.******Entertainment: This book is entertaining, to a point. It goes through most of the different versions of Final Fantasy and explains them in a relatively easy to understand manner. There is some humor in the book as well, but not much. For a purely entertainment perspective on FF, pick something else unless philosophy is something that truly interests you. Due to the nature of the book, it isn't that entertaining unless you are a true fan of FF.******Information: Wow. This book is packed with all kinds of philosophical examples and relates them to the characters in the FF universe. There are all kinds of references to past and present philosophers and their ideals presented, Reading this reminded me of being in a philosophy class in college with the exception that this is easier to understand, and actually interesting. That is how the book is presented.******Final: For the most part, I would recommend this book only to the die hard fans. If you've only played FF X or FF VII or are just a casual player of FF, then this isn't for you. You will be lost as who to Kefka (FF III or FF VI), Tellah (FF II or FF IV), Professor Aki (FF: The Spirits Within), and others as there are many references to them throughout the book. Overall, I think this is a good book for those that in the

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