9780812694550

Harry Potter and Philosophy If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts

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  • ISBN13:

    9780812694550

  • ISBN10:

    0812694554

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-09-10
  • Publisher: Open Court

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Summary

In Harry Potter and Philosophy, seventeen philosophical experts unlock some of Hogwarts' secret panels, and uncover surprising insights that are enlightening both for wizards and the most discerning muggles.

Author Biography

David Baggett and Shawn Klein are both teachers of philosophy, respectively at King's College, Pennsylvania, and Arizona State University. David travels the train stations of the world with an eye out for fractional platform numbers, while Shawn hopes to see his favorite Boston Quidditch team win the World Cup.

Table of Contents

A Few Start-of-Term Notices ix
Abbreviations x
The Magic of Philosophy 1(6)
Gryffindor: The Characters of Harry's World 7(54)
1. The Courageous Harry Potter
TOM MORRIS
9(13)
2. Dursley Duplicity: The Morality and Psychology of Self-Deception
DIANA MERTZ HSIEH
22(16)
3. Voldemort's Agents, Malfoy's Cronies, and Hagrid's Chums: Friendship in Harry Potter
HARALD THORSRUD
38(11)
4. Feminism and Equal Opportunity: Hermione and the Women of Hogwarts
MIMI R. GLADSTEIN
49(12)
Hufflepuff: Morality in Rowling's Universe 61(58)
5. Heaven, Hell, and Harry Potter
JERRY L. WALLS
63(14)
6. Magic, Science, and the Ethics of Technology
BENJAMIN J. BRUXVOORT LIPSCOMB and W. CHRISTOPHER STEWART
77(15)
7. The Mirror of Erised: Why We Should Heed Dumbledore's Warning
SHAWN E. KLEIN
92(13)
8. Kreacher's Lament: S.P.E.W. as a Parable on Discrimination, Indifference, and Social Justice
STEVEN W. PATTERSON
105(14)
Slytherin: Knockturn Alley and the Dark Arts 119(54)
9. Is Ambition a Virtue? Why Slytherin Belongs at Hogwarts
STEVEN W. PATTERSON
121(11)
10. A Skewed Reflection: The Nature of Evil
DAVID and CATHERINE DEAVEL
132(16)
11. Voldemort, Boethius, and the Destructive Effects of Evil
JENNIFER HART WEED
148(10)
12. Magic, Muggles, and Moral Imagination
DAVID BAGGETT
158(15)
Ravenclaw: Many-Flavored Topics in Metaphysics 173(54)
13. Finding Platform 94: The Idea of a Different Reality
GARETH B. MATTHEWS
175(11)
14. Space, Time, and Magic
MICHAEL SILBERSTEIN
186(14)
15. Why Voldemort Won't Just Die Already: What Wizards Can Teach Us about Personal Identity
JASON T. EBERL
200(13)
16. The Prophecy-Driven Life: Foreknowledge and Freedom at Hogwarts
GREGORY BASSHAM
213(14)
Hogwarts Emeritus Faculty 227(6)
Current Hogwarts Faculty 233(4)
A Wizard's Index 237

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