The Hunger Games and Philosophy : A Critique of Pure Treason, Paperback

The Hunger Games and Philosophy : A Critique of Pure Treason Paperback

Edited by Nicolas Michaud, George A. Dunn

Part of the The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series series

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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 movie Katniss 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 ideas * Examines important themes such as the state of nature, war, celebrity, authenticity, and social class * Applies 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 trilogy * Covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy An 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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I liked this compilation of essays by philosphers much better than any 'pop culture' book of this kind I've gotten that had to do with psychology. Though, out of pure curiousity in the case of this one series I actually wouldn't mind reading the psychological analaylsis in essays of The Hunger Games Trilogy truth be told. There is plenty of dsyfunction going on that I'd love them to pick to death. In fantasy books, the psychology analysis is sort of pointless. But a philosophical book of essays would be more interesting. I discovered the psychology pop culture books through my love of Harry Potter and wasn't impressed, though found a psychological analysis of The Simpsons (the cartoon that hasn't stopped since it's debut on Fox when I was in Third or Fourth grade!) was entertaining. Now a philosophical rendering of the Hunger Games was really thought provoking in all honesty. I loved this book. I loved the essays.

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