LEGO and Philosophy: Constructing Reality Brick By Brick (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

LEGO and Philosophy: Constructing Reality Brick By Brick (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

By: Roy T. Cook (editor), Sondra Bacharach (editor), William Irwin (series_editor)Paperback

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How profound is a little plastic building block? It turns out the answer is very ! 22 chapters explore philosophy through the world of LEGO which encompasses the iconic brick itself as well as the animated televisions shows, feature films, a vibrant adult fan base with over a dozen yearly conventions, an educational robotics program, an award winning series of videogames, hundreds of books, magazines, and comics, a team-building workshop program for businesses and much, much more. * Dives into the many philosophical ideas raised by LEGO bricks and the global multimedia phenomenon they have created * Tackles metaphysical, logical, moral, and conceptual issues in a series of fascinating and stimulating essays * Introduces key areas of philosophy through topics such as creativity and play, conformity and autonomy, consumption and culture, authenticity and identity, architecture, mathematics, intellectual property, business and environmental ethics * Written by a global group of esteemed philosophers and LEGO fans * A lively philosophical discussion of bricks, minifigures, and the LEGO world that will appeal to LEGO fans and armchair philosophers alike

About Author

Roy T. Cook is CLA Scholar of the College and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Resident Fellow at the Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science. He is the author of Paradoxes (Polity, 2013) and The Yablo Paradox (2014), the editor of The Arche Papers on the Mathematics of Abstraction (2007), and co-editor of The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach (Wiley Blackwell, 2012) and The Routledge Companion to Comics (2016). No matter how much LEGO he buys, he never seems to have enough headlight bricks. Sondra Bacharach is Senior Lecturer in the philosophy department at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She works in philosophy of art and philosophy for children. She is co-editor of Collaborating Now: Art in the Twenty-first Century (2016) and is the former co-editor of the American Society for Aesthetics Newsletter. When she's not doing philosophy, she can be found building Classic Spaceships (Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!) with her kids' big box of LEGO.


Notes on Contributors Introduction: Play Well, Philosophize Well! Bacharach & Cook Section I: LEGO and Creativity 1. Constructing Creativity Mary Beth Willard 2. Building Blocks of Thought: LEGO and the Philosophy of Play Tyler Shores 3. LEGO Formalism in Architecture Saul Fisher 4. That was My Idea! : LEGO Ideas and Intellectual Property Michael Gettings Section II: LEGO, Ethics, and Rules 5. You Know the Rules! : What s Wrong with the Man Upstairs? Jon Robson 6. Searching for the Special : The LEGO Movie and the Value of (LEGO) Persons Alexander Quanbeck 7. LEGO and the Social Blocks of Autonomy Eric Chelstrom 8. Building and Dwelling with Heidegger and LEGO Toys Ellen Miller Section III: LEGO and Identity 9. Ninjas, Kobe Bryant, and Yellow Plastic: The LEGO Minifigure and Race Roy Cook 10. Girl, LEGO Friends is Not Your Friend: Does LEGO Construct Gender Stereotypes? Rebecca Gutwald 11. Representation in Plastic and Marketing: The Significance of the LEGO Women Scientists Ruth Wainman & Rhiannon Grant 12. Real Signature Figures: LEGO Minifigures and the Human Individual Robert Mentyka Section IV: LEGO, Consumption, and Culture 13. LEGO Values: Image and Reality Sondra Bacharach & Ramon Das 14. Small Farms, Big Ideas: LEGO Farm and Agricultural Idealism Craig van Pelt 15. The Reality of LEGO: Building the Apolcalypse David Lueth 16. The American Archipelago: Touring the Nation and Miniland USA Samantha Boardman Section V: LEGO, Metaphysics, and Math 17. The Brick, the Plate, and the Uncarved Block: LEGO as an Expression of Dao Steve Bein 18. LEGO, Impermanence, and Buddhism Dave Kahn 19. LEGO and the Building Blocks of Metaphysics Stephan Leuenberger 20. What Can You Build? Robert Fischer 21. Playing with LEGO and Proving Theorems Fenner Tanswell LEGO Glossary Cook & Leber-Cook

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  • ISBN13: 9781119193975
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781119193975
  • weight: 332
  • ISBN10: 1119193974

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