"Metallica" and Philosophy : A Crash Course in Brain Surgery, Paperback

"Metallica" and Philosophy : A Crash Course in Brain Surgery Paperback

Edited by William Irwin

Part of the The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Hit the lights and jump in the fire, you're about to enter the School of Rock!

Today's lecture will be a crash course in brain surgery.

This hard and fast lesson is taught by instructors who graduated from the old school-they actually paid $5.98 for The $5.98 EP.

But back before these philosophy professors cut their hair, they were lieutenants in the Metal Militia. * A provocative study of the 'thinking man's' metal band * Maps out the connections between Aristotle, Nietzsche, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Metallica, to demonstrate the band's philosophical significance * Uses themes in Metallica's work to illuminate topics such as freedom, truth, identity, existentialism, questions of life and death, metaphysics, epistemology, the mind-body problem, morality, justice, and what we owe one another * Draws on Metallica's lyrical content, Lars Ulrich's relationship with Napster, as well as the documentary Some Kind of Monster * Serves as a guide for thinking through the work of one of the greatest rock bands of all time * Compiled by the editor of Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing and The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9781405163484



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Do you think Metallica is nothing more than meaningless wild noise? Think again! In This book you will find essays from philosophers inspired by Metallica songs. Heavy metal meets Kant and Platon...

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This is kind of a cool idea. Take a current topic and apply philosophy to it. So you've got essays on the death penalty (Ride the Lightning), assisted suicide/euthanasia (One), intellectual property rights (the Napster lawsuit), etc... It did seem a little repetitive at times and sometimes the subject only seemed tentatively connected to the band most of the writers did seem to be genuine fans of the band so that was cool.I've been a huge fan since just about the start of the whole Metalica thing and I still like their stuff (especially St. Anger). They may be one of the last "big" bands and that's kind of sad but I'm glad they made it.

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