Saturday, May 1, 2010

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy edited by William Irwin and Richard Brian Davis

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy
Curiouser and Curiouser
Series Editor: William Irwin
Editor: Richard Brian Davis

Published: 2010
Genre: Philosophy
Paperback: 240 pages
Rating: 4

Description from publisher's site:
Should the Cheshire Cat’s grin make us reconsider the nature of reality?

Can Humpty Dumpty make words mean whatever he says they mean?

Can drugs take us down the rabbit hole?

Is Alice a feminist icon?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations.

Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins remain after their heads have faded away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and remembers forwards?

Is it all just nonsense?

Was Carroll under the influence?

This book probes the deeper underlying meaning in the Alice books, and reveals a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Tapping into some of the greatest philosophical minds that ever lived—Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche—Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life’s ultimate questions through the eyes of perhaps the most endearing heroine in all of literature.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): jam

Before reading this, I must say that I really hadn't thought much into Alice's story beyond reading it for pure enjoyment.

Answers? yes you'll get some answers. It was interesting to read how others interpret the characters and sequences in the book. Sure puts a spin on what Lewis Carroll wrote.

And you'll get tie-ins with today's world.

For another fresh look on the Alice phenomena, this book is sure to please - provided you've read Alice first, of course ;-D

*** Alice Book Giveaway ***

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* prize giveaway and review copy
Courtesy of John Wiley & Sons
Thanks Connie!

* part of Alice in Whatsitland

* part of Simply MAD About Alice (see schedule)

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