Final Fantasy and Philosophy : The Ultimate Walkthrough

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-12
  • Publisher: Wiley
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The first unauthorized look behind one of the top three video game franchises of all time, Final FantasyThe Final Fantasy universe is packed with compelling characters and incredible story lines. In this book, you'll take a fascinating look at the deeper issues that Final Fantasy forces players to think about while trying to battle their way to the next level, such as: Does Cloud really exist (or should we really care)? Kefka is one of most infamous villains in all of Final Fantasy, but is he really insane? Shouldn't Moogles have equal rights?As Mages, Moogles, fiends, and Kefka are mashed together with the likes of Machiavelli, Marx, Foucault, and Kafka, you'll delve into crucial topics such as the three major moral theories, nihilism, madness, environmental ethics, shintoism, the purpose of life, and much more. Examines the philosophical issues behind one of the world's oldest and most popular videogame series Offers new perspectives on Final Fantasy characters and themes Gives you a psychological advantage-or at least a philosophical one-against your Final Fantasy enemies Allows you to apply the wisdom of centuries of philosophy to any game in the series, including the forthcoming Final Fantasy XIIIGuaranteed to add a new dimension to your understanding of the Final Fantasy universe, this book is the ultimate companion to the ultimate video game series.

Author Biography

Jason P. Blahuta is an associate professor of philosophy at Lakehead University and has contributed to Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy and Terminator and philosophy. Michel S. Beaulieu is an assistant professor of history at Lakehead University. William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. The originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the best selling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Getting Started: The Alternative Instruction Bookletp. 1
Basic Controls and Understanding Your Characters
The Spiky-Haired Mercenary vs. the French Narrative Theorist: Final Fantasy and the Writerly Textp. 5
Kefka, Nietzsche, Foucault: Madness and Nihilism in Final Fantasy VIp. 20
Judging the Art of Video Games: Hume and the Standard of Tastep. 33
Playing The Game-But What If It's Not A Game?
The Lifestream, Mako, and Gaiap. 47
Gaia and Environmental Ethics in The Spirits Withinp. 61
Objectiflcation of Conscious Life Forms in Final Fantasyp. 72
Abilities You Never Knew You Had
Final Fantasy and the Purpose of Lifep. 87
The Four Warriors of Light Saved the World, but They Don't Deserve Our Thanksp. 110
Side Quests of the Enlightened
Shinto and Alien Influences in Final Fantasy VIIp. 125
Kupo for Karl and the Materialist Conception of Historyp. 142
Sin, Otherworldliness, and the Downside to Hopep. 151
Other Ways to Enjoy the Game So It Never Ends
Human, All Too Human: Cloud's Existential Quest for Authenticityp. 167
Is the Fear of Stopping Justified?p. 185
What's in a Name? Cid, Cloud, and How Names Referp. 195
Contributors: Party Menup. 209
Index: Game Tipsp. 213
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