Zombies Vampires and Philosophy Since s Night of the Living Dead zombie culture has steadily limped and clawed its way into the center of popular culture Today zombies and vampires have taken over TV shows comic books carto

  • Title: Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy
  • Author: Richard V. Greene K. Silem Mohammad
  • ISBN: 9780812696837
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since 1968 s Night of the Living Dead, zombie culture has steadily limped and clawed its way into the center of popular culture Today, zombies and vampires have taken over TV shows, comic books, cartoons, video games, and movies Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy drags the theories of famous philosophers like Socrates and Descartes into the territory of the undead, explorSince 1968 s Night of the Living Dead, zombie culture has steadily limped and clawed its way into the center of popular culture Today, zombies and vampires have taken over TV shows, comic books, cartoons, video games, and movies Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy drags the theories of famous philosophers like Socrates and Descartes into the territory of the undead, exploring questions like Why do vampires and vegetarians share a similar worldview Why is understanding zombies the key to health care reform And what does healthy in mind and body mean for vampires and zombies Answers to these questions and await readers brave enough to make this fun, philosophical foray into the undead.

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    About "Richard V. Greene K. Silem Mohammad"

    1. Richard V. Greene K. Silem Mohammad

      Richard V Greene is a Professor of Philosophy at Weber State University He is involved with research in metaphysics, the history of modern philosophy, medical ethics, and philosophical topics related to pop culture He is also the Executive Director of the Society for Skeptical Studies, a philosophical society formed to promote discussion and research on topics related to skepticism.

    742 thoughts on “Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy”

    1. This book basically questions why we as a society totally and unquestioningly disenfranchise and devalue zombies and vampires by labeling them as "evil," "immoral" and worthy of any negative treatment in the art of cinema. The essays were so entertaining! Actually, I'm surprised there aren't any other books that do what this one does- intellectualizing the nature of creepy subjects of horror movies. Essays are well thought out existential justifications for the acceptance of the Undead into a (h [...]


    2. I bought this book as a joke for a friend, because we are both big fans of zombies, then of course begged him to let me borrow it so I could read it. It turned out to be a surprisingly erudite discussion of an enormous variety of philosophical traditions that took me right back to my undergraduate days at Marquette University. Using zombies and vampires as their starting point, nineteen professors/Ph.D. candidates from as many universities get into some pretty deep philosophical waters as they c [...]


    3. I am a fan of horror fiction. In particular I have been extremely fascinated with both movies and books related to zombies lately. Vampires are another lesser fascination for me. Overall, the undead and the darkness they represent to humanity is a intriguing subject. For years I have pondered the significance of the movies of Romero and the societal implications of his great works. Apparently I have only scratched the surface compared to the varied philosophical thinkers that delve into the conc [...]


    4. Zombies can make you think.ming they aren't already eating your brain. A zombie outbreak may make you question your survival skills (maybe you should have worked harder for that fire building merit badge). They might help you decide to go to the gym more often. Do you really think you could run a mile and still have the breath to wield that cricket bat effectively? In "The Undead and Philosophy",zombies make you think about morality, accountability, and other heady subjects.Thought experiments a [...]


    5. When I reviewed Game of Thrones and Philosophy, I complained that the book was just out to explain philosophical concepts, and it’s tie to the ostensible subject rested solely on using a few names and events for illustrations. In The Undead and Philosophy, on the other hand, the subject matter is much more integrated in the articles – each chapter using the Undead to discuss things like issues of personhood, or the relationship between desires/impulses and civilization.In some cases, it work [...]


    6. I'm not sure where my love of the zombie began, or the vampire for that matter, but I do find them to be extremely interesting in relation to society. How they reflect ourselves, idealized and grotesque depending on what film, novel, etc. one happens to read. To read essays that go into why these creatures are symbolic to society on various levels was really, really interesting.I would've given the book a higher rating, but the essays were hit or miss with me. I know enough basic philosophy that [...]


    7. (I assigned this book for my Fall 2010 freshman seminar: 'Vampires, Zombies, and Philosophy')I think the entire [insert pop-culture reference] and Philosophy genre is a silly attempt by publishers to move units in an otherwise low-volume discipline. What's worse, these books are mostly populated by a combination of grad-school drop-outs and feeble attempts to squeeze one last publication in for the tenure committee. That being said, I did not expect very much out of this book, so I wasn't too di [...]


    8. First of let me say that I didn't read all of the essays in this book.I skipped the ones about vampires, because my class is about zombies.There are some really good essays in this book and perhaps I will write a little more when I finished my assignment for university.Let me just say, that the thought about philosophical zombies fighting as gladiators and what it would do to our community is really interesting. And all the essays about Romero help a lot about understanding the development of th [...]


    9. Not a light read! An excellent philosophical look at a fictional situation and why we view it the way we do. The book delves into such topics and when exactly does death occur and what would make someone undead. Does the soul departing mean loss of a person or because there is corporeal continuity would the undead individual remain the same person. Not exactly a bedtime read unless you enjoy deep reading that requires you to pay attention. This book is however an interesting massage for the brai [...]


    10. This book aligns vampires and zombies into a study of the undead. Unlike the other books in the emerging genre of Zombie Studies, there is attention to the Philosophy Zombies, the philosophers to take the zombie as a real - if undead - theoretical experiment.As with all edited collections, the book is uneven, but there are no disastrous chapters. The scholarship is solid and offers the foundation for future work.


    11. I was tempted to give this 2 stars, but that would have been completely unfair. It's interesting and fairly well written, it just took itself a little to seriously for what I was looking for. Looking at it for what it is, which is written in a nearly text book format, it deserves 3 stars.


    12. Very interesting book to read, different. I enjoy the whole process of breaking down each zombie and vampire myth, movie and story. Very entertaining to read if you can handle the vocabulary and if you enjoy the subject of zombies and vampires.


    13. For someone ho doesn't know much about philosophy, this was an entertaining read. It's nice to read intellect discussions from academics who also really love their horror films and tv shows. Thank you for proving that not all horror fans are stupid teens.


    14. Curious essays written by college students concerning philosophical principles as illustrated by pop culture. (For example: the meaning of free will - the morality of killing zombies, etc) Amusing.




    15. Interesting essays on vampires, ghosts, zombies, etc. Even if not a fan of horror, the essay on the 'philosophical zombie' is fascinating.


    16. not just a book about zombies and vampires, but a collection of interesting arguments on death and embodiment. through the lens of fantasy we have much to learn about the reality in which we live.


    17. I loved this book. I used it in my research for my senior seminar project, "Highbrow Horror: The Value of the Flesh-Eating Zombie as a Metaphor in Pop-Culture."



    18. I LOVE the articles in this anthology, especially since vampires are so in these days. I've been a long time fan of vampire mythology and will someday use this in a vampire lit class.


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