The Golden Compass and Philosophy God Bites the Dust

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-27
  • Publisher: Open Court
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With these words, the spell is cast. Upon reading them, millions of people have been pulled irresistibly into the adventure-filled cosmic vision of Pullman's His Dark Materials, a vision in which the angelic being who claims to be God is a fraud and a tyrant, life and love are made out of Dust, a whole world is dominated by a malignant church bent on separating children from their animal natures, and the best hope for the future lies with a grimy young girl who revels in trickery and deceit.

Author Biography

Richard Greene is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Weber State University. He co-edited Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy (2007) and Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy (2010). Rachel Robison is completing her Ph.D. at UMass, Amherst. She contributed chapters to Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy (2007) and The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy (2008). Both co-editors have sometimes not seen eye to eye with the Authority.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentp. ix
Angels and Dæmons and Bears (Oh My)!p. xi
When You Stopped Believing in God Did You Stop Believing In Good and Evil?p. 1
Thus Spake Philip Pullmanp. 3
One of These Gods Is Not Like the Otherp. 25
Is Philip Pullman Corrupting the Young?p. 37
Faith and Circumcisionp. 51
Tell Them Stories. They Need the Truth. You Must Tell Them True Stories, and Everything Will Be Well, Just Tell Them Storiesp. 61
The Truth in Lyra's Liesp. 63
The Many Phases of Lyrap. 73
Kicking Up Some Dustp. 87
All the History of Human Life Has Been a Struggle between Wisdom and Stupidityp. 99
Cuts Like a Knifep. 101
Is Lyra Free Enough to Be a Hero?p. 121
Could the Magisterium Be Right?p. 131
Was There Only One World after All, which Spent Its Time Dreaming of Others?p. 143
Worlds of Possibilityp. 145
Lyra's Journey to the World of the Deadp. 153
Why the Dead Choose Deathp. 165
The Magisteriump. 175
The Index of Forbidden Thoughtsp. 179
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