The Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way (Paperback)

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    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 Journey

    J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the best-l...

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    Gregory Bassham (Wilkes-Barre, PA) is Chair of the Philosophy Department at King's College and a professor of philosophy. He edited The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy and co-edited The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy (Open Court) and The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy.

    Eric Bronson is a visiting professor in the Humanities Department at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of Poker and Philosophy (2012), and co-editor of The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy (2003) and Baseball and Philosophy (2011).

    William Irwin (Wilkes-Barre, PA) is 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 House and Philosophy, Batman and Philosophy, and Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy.

    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 Journey

    J.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 Mountain
    • Explores 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 Nagel

    From 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.

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    ISBN 9780470405147
    Genre PHILOSOPHY / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 262
    Publisher Date 2012-10-02 00:00:00.0
    Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 8.75 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.8 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way
    Series Name Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture
    Audience General/trade

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