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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy Publisher's Summary

The essential companion to Stieg Larsson's best-selling trilogy and director David Fincher's 2011 film adaptation.

Stieg Larsson's best-selling 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.

What philosophies do Lisbeth Salander and Kant have in common? To catch a criminal, can Lisbeth and Mikael be criminals themselves? Can revenge be ethical? Drawing on some of history's greatest philosophical minds, this book gives fresh insights into Larsson's ingeniously plotted tale of crime and corruption.

  • Looks at compelling philosophical issues such as a feminist reading of Lisbeth Salander, Aristotelian arguments for why we love revenge, how Kant can explain why so many women sleep with Mikael Blomkvist, and many more.
  • Includes a chapter from a colleague of Larsson's - who worked with him in anti-Nazi activities - that explores Larsson's philosophical views on skepticism and quotes from never-before-seen correspondence with Larsson.
  • Offers new insights into the novels' key characters, including Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and investigates the author, Stieg Larsson.

As engrossing as the quest to free Lisbeth Salander from her past, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy is ideal reading for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues at work in the story.

©2012 John Wiley & Sons, Inc (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • 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
    • Performance
      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

  • Book 2

    • 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 137
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 113

    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

  • Book 3

    • 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 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    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

  • Book 4

    • 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 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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

  • Book 5

    • 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
    • Performance
      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