Stephen King and Philosophy

Stephen King and Philosophy Haunting us with such unforgettable stories as The Shining The Shawshank Redemption Salem s Lot Carrie The Green Mile and Pet Sematary Stephen King has been an anchor of American horror science

  • Title: Stephen King and Philosophy
  • Author: Jacob M. Held
  • ISBN: 9781442253841
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • Haunting us with such unforgettable stories as The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Salem s Lot, Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Sematary, Stephen King has been an anchor of American horror, science fiction, psychological thrillers, and suspense for than forty years His characters have brought chills to our spines and challenged our notions of reality while leavingHaunting us with such unforgettable stories as The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Salem s Lot, Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Sematary, Stephen King has been an anchor of American horror, science fiction, psychological thrillers, and suspense for than forty years His characters have brought chills to our spines and challenged our notions of reality while leaving us in awe of the perseverance of the human spirit The first book in the new Great Authors and Philosophy series, Stephen King and Philosophy reveals some of the deeper issues raised by King s work From retribution, freedom, and moral relativity, to death and insanity, the chapters of this book expose how King s stories access the questions and fears that haunt each of us in the middle of the night Contributions by Katherine Allen, Randall E Auxier, Charles Bane, Matthew Butkus, Kellye Byal, Cam Cobb, Timothy Dale, Paul R Daniels, Joseph J Foy, Bertha Alvarez Manninen, Tuomas W Manninen, Garret Merriam, Michael K Potter, and C Taylor Sutton

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      Published :2019-07-18T22:52:03+00:00

    Jacob M. Held

    Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of Central Arkansas specializing in legal and political philosophy, nineteenth century German philosophy, and applied ethics.

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    • I received this on a read to review basis from NetGalley. Thank you to the editor, Jacob M. Held, and the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, for the opportunity.This is a fascinating little insight into the philosophical issues raised and addressed in the numerous works of horror maestro, Stephen King. This brings forward the ideology that, whilst dealing with horrifying and often supernatural elements, King's writing primarily deals with the human condition. This leads to questions [...]

    • Lolly K Dandeneau

      (Oct 21, 2019 - 22:52 PM)

      I don't know anyone who hasn't a clue who Stephen King is. If they haven't read any of his work, certainly they have seen something. This is dissecting his work, but nothing macabre about it. While I confess to being disturbed by his horror stories it's a strangely fulfilling panic. Carrie is so much more than a misfit who takes her revenge as much as every story King has written holds more meaning than simply to frighten or thrill us. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a short story that [...]

    • Excellent. Took me awhile, but only because of stacks of books. Full review soon on CDonline.

    • Stephen King and Philospohy - deem, it was interesting and difficult read.It's difficult, since sometimes I got the feeling like the author forgot that this was suposed to be about King and their thinking got lost in open fields of philosophy or in another authors books.It was interesting, since it's about Stephen King, about some of King's books and about philosophy. It's a pity that it covered only some books (films), since King has many more wonderful books, but I understand that if it would [...]

    • Stephen King and Philosophy, ed. Jacob Held: Free review copy. I particularly enjoyed the opening essay by Held and C. Taylor Sutton on the problem of evil: how could God be both omnipotent and beneficient, when there is so much suffering in the world? (If a fawn dies slowly in a forest fire with no one to see, for example, that suffering can’t educate or otherwise improve anyone else.) The author runs through a number of philosophical treatments of the issue, including the lesson of Job, and [...]

    • I found the insight and philosophical issues address in in many of Stephen Kings book interesting and this story. From Carrie to the Dark Tower series each book deal with the horrifying and often supernal side of the human mind. IF you get past the imaginary of Stephen King you find he write about the human condition and how people react to the unknown. Each Novel brings up questions we all much find answers for ourselves.This book dives into those questions and answer we have to find and justif [...]

    • The essays that I appreciated in this book, are mostly the one about The Dark Tower series, IMHO because it's a philosophical story in itself. Some of the other were too complicated or they seem to have no real philosophy to talk of, but maybe it's just because I'm not so aware and interested in philosophy myself, or not intelligent enough.I saggi che mi sono piaciuti di piú sono quelli che hanno scritto riguardo alla serie de "La torre nera", fondamentalmente perché, secondo me, quella é una [...]

    • This is a difficult review to write because there is simply so much that this book covers. The authors use the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche and others to examine and illuminate the works of one of today's most popular and beloved writers, Stephen King. As it states in one of the chapters, "This very book you hold is an attempt to use the writings of Stephen King as a tool to examine important philosophical issues." Elsewhere, the book states "once we note how much works of popular fi [...]

    • Stephen King and Philosophy, edited by Jacob M Held, is a collection of essays focusing on philosophical readings of many of King's works. While this is somewhat academic in style the essays are accessible and concepts, as used by the writers, are explained adequately.Like any book about an author's work, there are so-called spoilers. If you haven't read the works under discussion then the essays can only be read passively since one doesn't have a frame of reference to decide if the argument, to [...]

    • Having been a Stephen King fan for many years I figured that this would be an interesting philosophical discussion of his more disturbing (or not) works. Having previously studied branches of philosophy for academic work , I thought I was partly equipped for what was to come, but I was oh so wrong. Jumping straight into Desperation after the forward set the tone of the dialogue, since the dark and good themes in the book weigh quite heavily on the mind. Moving into Carrie and Pet Semetary, the d [...]

    • *An honest review of this book is being given in exchange for the free e-version provided by Net Galley.A very thorough and in-depth look at some of King's writings, including a lot of his earlier novels. It's a little bit of a difficult read (it is based on philosophy after all), and Held occasionally goes off on tangents with other authors, quotes, and books, but it is an intriguing view on some of King's greatest works. I'm an avid reader of King, but not of philosophy, so I think the reader [...]

    • Actual rating 3.5 stars. Review to come.

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