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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
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 195

    Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popular book series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil is one of the many things that make this series special. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back to Godric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moral reasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether Sirius Black is a man or a dog.

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

    • By Barzins on 11-14-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy

    • Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke
    • By: Dean Kowalski (Editor), William Irwin (Editor)
    • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs"? And - most importantly - whether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga!

    This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fun, but repetitive

    • By C. Cioffi on 11-08-13

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Spider-Man and Philosophy: The Web of Inquiry

    • By: William Irwin, Jonathan J. Sanford
    • Narrated by: Alan Marriott
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Since Stan Lee and Marvel introduced Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy 15 in 1962, everyone's favorite webslinger has had a long career in comics, graphic novels, cartoons, movies, and even on Broadway. In this book some of history's most powerful philosophers help us explore the enduring questions and issues surrounding this beloved superhero.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too much movies

    • By Dylan on 01-20-17

    Regular price: $17.95

    • 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
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Is the Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius living the good life? Naturally, it's the latter, and The Big Lebowski and Philosophy explains why. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato and Nietzsche, the book explores the movie's hidden philosophical layers, cultural reflection, and political commentary. It also answers key questions, including: The Dude abides, but is abiding a virtue? Is the Dude an Americanized version of the Taoist way of life? How does The Big Lebowski illustrate the Just War Theory?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Book Abides

    • By steve on 07-12-14

    Regular price: $19.60

    • Arrested Development and Philosophy

    • They've Made a Huge Mistake
    • By: William Irwin (editor), Kristopher G. Phillips (editor)
    • Narrated by: Stephan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Arrested Development earned six Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, critical acclaim, and a loyal cult following - and then it was canceled. Fortunately, this book steps into the void left by the show's premature demise by exploring the fascinating philosophical issues at the heart of the quirky Bluths and their comic exploits. Whether it's reflecting on Gob's self-deception or digging into Tobias's double entendres, you'll watch your favorite scenes and episodes of the show in a whole new way.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Bad

    • By Wayne on 10-12-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Matrix and Philosophy

    • By: William Irwin, Editor
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Rick Adamson, Jennifer Jay Myers
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 65

    The choice is yours, and you'll have to live with the consequences for at least the rest of your life. Will you take the blue pill - skip this audiobook and go on thinking of The Matrix as just a movie? Or will you take the red pill - listen to this book, and find out just how far down the rabbit-hole goes?

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

    • By Alan Rither on 06-12-03

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Game of Thrones and Philosophy

    • Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords
    • By: William Irwin (Editor), Henry Jacoby (Editor)
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 114

    George R. R. Martin's New York Times best-selling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Open your eyes and read this please

    • By Tommy on 07-12-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Metallica and Philosophy

    • A Crash Course in Brain Surgery
    • By: William Irwin
    • Narrated by: Jeff Preston
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Hit the lights and jump in the fire, youre 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting Look at Metallica

    • By Jason M. Stanes on 05-24-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Is the top still spinning? Was it all a dream? In the world of Christopher Nolan's four-time Academy Award-winning movie, people can share one another's dreams and alter their beliefs and thoughts. Inception is a metaphysical heist film that raises more questions than it answers: Can we know what is real? Can you be held morally responsible for what you do in dreams? What is the nature of dreams, and what do they tell us about the boundaries of "self" and "other"?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • for fans of Inception

    • By Darryl on 03-11-13

    Regular price: $24.25

    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy

    • Everything Is Fire
    • By: William Irwin (editor), Eric Bronson (editor)
    • Narrated by: David G. Roberts
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - is an international phenomenon. These books express Larsson's lifelong war against injustice, his ethical beliefs, and his deep concern for women's rights. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy probes the compelling philosophical issues behind the entire trilogy.

    Regular price: $19.60

    • The Avengers and Philosophy

    • Earth's Mightiest Thinkers
    • By: William Irwin (editor), Mark D. White (editor)
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Avengers assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' all-star superhero team. This thought-provoking book will help you understand this band of superheroes better, whether you've followed the Avengers for years or are a Joss Whedon fan just getting to know them.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Super? Eh, not quite.

    • By John B on 12-28-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • God Is a Question, Not an Answer

    • By: William Irwin
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "God Is a Question, Not an Answer" is from the March 27, 2016, Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by William Irwin and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

    Regular price: $0.95

    • 30 Rock and Philosophy

    • We Want to Go to There
    • By: William Irwin (editor), J. Jeremy Wisnewski
    • Narrated by: Tom Dheere
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    With edgy writing and a great cast, 30 Rock is one of the funniest television shows on the air, and where hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy ethical heroes? Kenneth redefines "Goody Two-shoes", but what does it really mean to be good? Dr. Leo Spaceman routinely demonstrates that medicine is not a science, so what is the role of the incompetent professional in America today?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More non-fiction than humor

    • By K. April Holgate on 08-30-14

    Regular price: $18.50

    • True Blood and Philosophy

    • We Wanna Think Bad Things with You
    • By: William Irwin (Editor), George A. Dunn (Editor), Rebecca Housel (Editor)
    • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Teeming with complex, mythical characters in the shape of vampires, telepaths, shapeshifters, and the like, True Blood, the popular HBO series adapted from Charlaine Harris' best-selling The Southern Vampire Mysteries, has a rich collection of themes to explore, from sex and romance to bigotry and violence to death and immortality. The goings-on in the mythical town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, where vampires satiate their blood lust and openly commingle with ordinary humans, present no shortages of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your teeth into.

    Regular price: $18.50

    • Die Simpsons und die Philosophie. Schlauer werden mit der berühmtesten Fernsehfamilie der Welt

    • By: William Irwin
    • Narrated by: Sandra Schwittau, Lutz Riedel
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Abridged
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    Homer Simpson hat selbst einmal gesagt: "Cartoons haben keine tiefere Bedeutung. Es sind nur doofe Zeichnungen, die auf billige Lacher aus sind." Und auch hier irrt der liebe Homer mal wieder. Ein paar clevere Gelehrte haben sich ein Herz gefasst und mit diesem Buch bewiesen, welche Weisheit in den Simpsons steckt. Zugleich führen die gesammelten Essays in Grundfragen der Philosophie ein...

    Regular price: $7.12