Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts

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David Baggett, Shawn Klein
Open Court, 2004 - Fiction - 243 pages
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Harry Potter has put a spell on millions of readers, and they all want to find out more about the deeper meaning of his adventures. In Harry Potter and Philosophy, 17 experts in the field of philosophy unlock some of Hogwarts' secret panels, uncovering surprising insights that are enlightening both for wizards and for the most discerning muggles. Individual chapters look at such topics as life revealed in the Mirror of Erised; the ethics of magic; Moaning Myrtle, Nearly Headless Nick, and the relation of the mind to the brain; and the character of Hermione as a case of "sublimated feminism." Also examined in this witty collection are how Aristotle would have run a school for wizards; whether the Potter stories undermine religion and morality; how to tell good people from evil ones through the characters in these novels; and what dementors and boggarts can teach readers about happiness, fear, and the soul.

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Review: Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts (Popular Culture and Philosophy #9)

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

In depth (and at time overwhelming) survey of philosophical problems and ideas, explained through characters and situations from the Harry Potter series of books and films. For hardcore HP fans and/or philosophy students. Read full review

Review: Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts (Popular Culture and Philosophy #9)

User Review  - Matt Sheffield - Goodreads

Best chapters: 5, 6, 10, 14, 15, 16 Read full review

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