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Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords | [William Irwin (Editor), Henry Jacoby (Editor)]

Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

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?
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Publisher's Summary

An in-depth look at the philosophical issues behind HBO's Game of Thrones television series and the books that inspired it...

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?

  • Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Game of Thrones series
  • Gives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, and themes of Game of Thrones
  • Draws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern America to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creatures of Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtue and honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game of thrones

Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will enrich your experience of your favorite medieval fantasy series.

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    Steven Bradford, United Kingdom 01/12/2013
    Steven Bradford, United Kingdom 01/12/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book to further enjoy the game of thrones"
    Where does Game of Thrones and Philosophy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Certainly ranks in my top twenty


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the discussion about God and the links to the game of thrones gods. In particular the warrior philosophy was discussed at length which I enjoyed


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Discussions of moral correctness particularly in the case Ned


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes certainly I could not out the boom down so to speak very gripping


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable book that made me think about the real life implication of the characters I'm the game of thrones. It made me look at complicated philisophical ideas in an entirely new light by applying them to my favourite series. You don't have to be an expert in any field to enjoy this boo, if you have read the booms or even just watched the series you will enjoy this book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Tommy
    NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States
    12/07/13
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    "Open your eyes and read this please"

    Is this a great work of philosophy... no. Does it make you think about topics in different ways...yes. Look, the book might have flaws but I think any book that causes critical thinking is a good thing. If you disagree with the contents, good! At least you are thinking.

    I have read the hyper-critical of this work and honestly,the bad reviews convinced me to get it. Someone goes on a 750 word rant about how their thoughts are far superior than the book just make me want to see what the fuss is all about. Rather than trying to prove who has the bigger brain just open up, listen and compare or contrast you own thoughts and opinions.

    This book facilitated free thought and that is what philosophy is all about...the investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.
    I love Martin's book series and HBO's series and this is a good companion.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Media, PA, United States
    25/02/13
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    "An easily understood treatise on philosophy"
    What did you love best about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

    A clear discussion of the basis of a number of philosophical schools, both political and ethical using examples based on the characters in the books and identifying criticisms that are not immediately evident. Chapters are written by a number of authors in their areas of expertise.


    What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robin Sachs clearly understands the material and his pace and inflections add clarity to the discussion.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wisdom is like dragons and fears neither fear nor swords.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    chesterfield, MI, United States
    04/10/13
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    "Worth Listening To"

    I had been looking for something that addressed GOT philosophy and themes and this book fit the bill. It is a collection of summaries by different authors about various characters and themes in the books. It was written after the first HBO season and after all 5 books had been written so spoiler alerts are included in the foward. Although the narrator was a little monotone at times, it didn't take away from the viewpoints of the authors. Some of the content could get a little dry esp the section on physicalism. Also,you could totally tell the authors who had read all 5 books from the ones who had only watched the first HBO season. For example, one author referred to Sir Jorah Mormont fleeing Kings Landing for Bravos after the city was sacked by Robert Baratheon. That's totally not true. Sir Jorah was exiled from Bear Island by Eddard Stark after he captured some poachers and sold them to slavers for money. Also, one of the authors kept calling Stannis, Stanley. Otherwise, this book was well worth listening to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ked
    New Orleans, LA, United States
    20/08/13
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    "A fun exploration of philosophy"
    What did you love best about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

    I love applying philosophy to pop culture. It really helps me understand the philosophical concepts-- or makes be believe that I understand them better.

    I read a lot of science usually. The philosophy is a mental palate cleanser.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    Reserve, LA, United States
    14/07/14
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    "Absolute Nonsense"
    What disappointed you about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

    I learned nothing new, and the book was an absolute ordeal to suffer through. This book is the equivalent of listening to Dr. Phil talk about nothing for 9 hours.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I already started my next book, it's about the great World War 2 generals, Patton, Montgomery, and Rommel.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was boring, everything about this book was boring. The narrator wasn't terrible, and one star is probably a bit harsh. After the first few hours I just wanted to suffer through, and finish it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

    This entire book should have been thrown onto Khal Drogo's funeral pyre, then burned on the Blackwater with Stannis Baratheon's fleet, and finally been shot with a cross bow by Tyrion Lannister.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are heavy into deep philosophy, and you want 9 hours of your life you will never get back...STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK. I will try to get my credit back from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Matson
    Foster City, CA United States
    25/03/14
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    "Philosophical Discussion of a Favorite Subject"
    If you could sum up Game of Thrones and Philosophy in three words, what would they be?

    Painless intro to philosophy


    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    Robin Sachs has a wonderful voice, rich and unstressed, perfectly paced.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Robb Stark should have studied Machiavelli's "The Prince" before becoming King of the North.


    Any additional comments?

    Some philosophers discussed: Hobbes, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Sartre, Nietzsche.
    Some concepts discussed: the nature of happiness, moral luck, chivalry, metaphysical fatalism, game theory, just war theory

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel
    Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago
    21/05/13
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    "Not part of the Game of throne series"
    What disappointed you about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

    I was looking for book 3 as you had book 2. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    hopefully book 3 of game of thrones


    How could the performance have been better?

    if it was an actual book from the series


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    where can I find the full series on Game of Thrones? Can I return this book and get a refund?

    Hazel Clarke

    0 of 61 people found this review helpful
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