All About True Blood, Philosophically Speaking

February 27, 2010 by  

Mystical hierarchies, gods and goddesses, the blurred line between good and evil … philosophers can have a field day with the happenings in “True Blood.” And apparently, they did. They had so much to talk about, they’re publishing a book about it: True Blood and Philosophy.

Dr. William Irwin has a new addition to his “… and Philosophy” series, a series where he and various authors and editors put together essays extracting philosophical theories from pop culture hits. Past books have included Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Office and Philosophy, and The Matrix and Philosophy. His most recent publication, True Blood and Philosophy, will analyze our favorite folks in Bon Temps. And it’s about so much more than vampires:

“Now True Blood and Philosophy calls on the minds of some of history’s great thinkers to perform some philosophical bloodletting on such topics as Sookie and the metaphysics of mindreading; Maryann and sacrificial religion; werewolves, shapeshifters and personal identity; vampire politics, evil, desire and much more.”

These books tend to be very intellectual and give readers a chance to examine their favorite shows and characters from a whole new perspective. Irwin has a knack for appealing to both sides of the spectrum – “True Blood” fans could brush up on their philosophy and maybe some philosophers will find themselves glamored by “True Blood.”

This book will be released on June 1, 2010, coinciding nicely with the second season DVD release and of course the start of the third season. June can’t come fast enough.

True Blood and Philosophy: We Want to Think Bad Things with You (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)


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