William Irwin
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William Irwin

William Irwin is Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania. Irwin's latest books are Little Siddhartha (2018) and God Is a Question, Not an Answer (2018). He is also the author of the novel Free Dakota (2016) and The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism (2015). Irwin's first book, Intentionalist Interpretation: A Philosophical Explanation and Defense (1999), was nominated for the American Philosophical Association Young Scholar's Book Prize. Irwin is best known for having originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books with Seinfeld and Philosophy (1999), The Simpsons and Philosophy (2001), and The Matrix and Philosophy (2002). He was editor of these books and then General Editor of the Popular Culture and Philosophy Series through Open Court Publishing. In 2006, Irwin left Open Court to become the General Editor of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, which includes Metallica and Philosophy (2007)and Black Sabbath and Philosophy (2012), among other volumes. Irwin first theorized the philosophy and pop culture genre in his article "Philosophy as/and/of Popular Culture" in Irwin and Gracia eds. Philosophy and the Interpretation of Popular Culture (2006).

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    • The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy

    • Hogwarts for Muggles
    • By: William Irwin, Gregory Bassham
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not what I expected.

    • By Barzins on 11-14-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine

    • Popular Culture and Philosophy
    • By: Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl, William Irwin
    • Narrated by: Joseph Bevilacqua
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence and permeating popular culture around the world. The films feature many complex themes....

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    • The Matrix and Philosophy

    • By: William Irwin, Editor
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Rick Adamson, Jennifer Jay Myers
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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    The choice is yours, and you'll have to live with the consequences...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Be prepared for serious philosophical thinking

    • By Alan Rither on 06-12-03

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Harry Potter and Philosophy

    • If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts
    • By: David Baggett, Shawn E. Klein, William Irwin
    • Narrated by: Scott Carrico
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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    In Harry Potter and Philosophy, 17 philosophical experts unlock some of Hogwarts' secret panels and uncover surprising insights that are enlightening both for wizards and the most discerning muggles.... 

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    • Spider-Man and Philosophy: The Web of Inquiry

    • By: William Irwin, Jonathan J. Sanford
    • Narrated by: Alan Marriott
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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    Untangle the complex web of philosophical dilemmas of Spidey and his world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read

    • By fred on 04-08-15

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Batman and Philosophy

    • The Dark Knight of the Soul
    • By: Mark D. White, Robert Arp
    • Narrated by: Mark D. White
    • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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    Combing through 70 years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Its interesting but stretches a bit.

    • By Josiah on 08-26-12

    Regular price: $22.95

    • The Big Lebowski and Philosophy

    • Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom
    • By: William Irwin, Peter S. Fosl (editor)
    • Narrated by: Darren Stephens
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Celebrate the Dude with an abiding look at the philosophy behind The Big Lebowski...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Book Abides

    • By steve on 07-12-14

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    • Iron Man and Philosophy

    • Facing the Stark Reality
    • By: Willilam Irwin (Editor), Mark D. White (Editor)
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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    Whether you've been reading the comic books for years or have gotten into Iron Man through the movies, Iron Man and Philosophy is a must-have companion for every fan....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I am Iron Man!

    • By Brightblade on 10-04-12

    Regular price: $18.50

    • Inception and Philosophy

    • Because It's Never Just a Dream
    • By: David Kyle Johnson, William Irwin
    • Narrated by: Charles Carroll, Ray Chase, Paul Heitsch, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
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    A philosophical look at the movie Inception and its brilliant metaphysical puzzles....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • for fans of Inception

    • By Darryl on 03-11-13

    Regular price: $24.25

    • Mad Men and Philosophy

    • Nothing Is as It Seems (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)
    • By: Rod Carveth (editor), James B. South (editor)
    • Narrated by: Tom Parks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book takes an unprecedented look at the philosophical issues and themes behind AMC's Emmy Award-winning show Mad Men....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely Insightful... But VERY Limited

    • By Scott Constantine on 05-25-16

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