Comprised of thirteen articles by well-known authors, this book makes the case to philosophers that popular culture is worthy of their attention. Issues of concern include the distinction between high culture and popular culture, the aesthetic and moral value of popular culture, allusion and identification in popular culture, and special problems posed by the interpretation of popular culture. Popular art forms considered include: movies, television shows, comic books, children's stories, photographs, and rock songs.
William Irwin is associate professor of philosophy at King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Jorge J. E. Gracia is Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at SUNY-Buffalo. He is the author of Surviving Race, Ethinicity, and Nationality (2005).
Part 1 Acknowledgements Part 2 1. Philosophy Engages Popular Culture: An Introduction Part 3 Part I: Philosophy and Popular Culture Chapter 4 2. Philosophy and the Probably Impossible Chapter 5 3. Philosophy as/and/of Popular Culture Chapter 6 4. Allusion and Intention in Popular Art Chapter 7 5. On the Ties That Bind: Characters, the Emotions, and the Popular Fictions Chapter 8 6. Liking What's Good: Why Should We? Chapter 9 7. Popular Art and Entertainment Value Part 10 Part II: Interpretation and Popular Art Forms Chapter 11 8. Popular Culture and Spontaneous Order: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube Chapter 12 9. From Horror to Hero: Film Interpretations of Stocker's Dracula Chapter 13 10. Socrates at Story Hour: Philosophy as a Subversive Motif in Children's Literature Chapter 14 11. Of Batcaves and Clock-Towers: Living Damaged Lives in Gotham City Chapter 15 12. "American Pie" and the Self-Critique of Rock 'n' Roll Chapter 16 13. Photography, Popular Epistemology, Flexible Realism, and Holistic Pragmatism