The Undead and Philosophy: Chicken Soup for the Soulless

The Undead and Philosophy Chicken Soup for the Soulless Though Bram Stoker coined the term the undead have stalked the human imagination for eons appearing in the myths and legends of nearly all cultures The concept of people or unpeople interacting wi

  • Title: The Undead and Philosophy: Chicken Soup for the Soulless
  • Author: Richard V. Greene K. Silem Mohammad
  • ISBN: 9780812696011
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Though Bram Stoker coined the term, the undead have stalked the human imagination for eons, appearing in the myths and legends of nearly all cultures The concept of people, or unpeople, interacting with others while devoid of humanity provides a wealth of material for philosophical speculation Encompassing George Romero s radiation spawned Living Dead, the infected ofThough Bram Stoker coined the term, the undead have stalked the human imagination for eons, appearing in the myths and legends of nearly all cultures The concept of people, or unpeople, interacting with others while devoid of humanity provides a wealth of material for philosophical speculation Encompassing George Romero s radiation spawned Living Dead, the infected of 28 Days Later, as well as traditional zombies and vampires, the essays in The Undead and Philosophy ponder questions such as Is it cool to be undead, or does it totally suck Is a zombie simply someone with a brain but without a mind Are some of the people around us undead, and how could we tell Can the undead be held responsible for what they do Is it always morally OK to kill the undead Served up in a witty, entertaining style, these and other provocative questions present philosophical arguments in terms accessible to all readers.

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    1. This book basically questions why we as a society totally and unquestioningly disenfranchise and devalue zombies and vampires by labeling them as "evil," "immoral" and worthy of any negative treatment in the art of cinema. The essays were so entertaining! Actually, I'm surprised there aren't any other books that do what this one does- intellectualizing the nature of creepy subjects of horror movies. Essays are well thought out existential justifications for the acceptance of the Undead into a (h [...]

    2. I bought this book as a joke for a friend, because we are both big fans of zombies, then of course begged him to let me borrow it so I could read it. It turned out to be a surprisingly erudite discussion of an enormous variety of philosophical traditions that took me right back to my undergraduate days at Marquette University. Using zombies and vampires as their starting point, nineteen professors/Ph.D. candidates from as many universities get into some pretty deep philosophical waters as they c [...]

    3. I am a fan of horror fiction. In particular I have been extremely fascinated with both movies and books related to zombies lately. Vampires are another lesser fascination for me. Overall, the undead and the darkness they represent to humanity is a intriguing subject. For years I have pondered the significance of the movies of Romero and the societal implications of his great works. Apparently I have only scratched the surface compared to the varied philosophical thinkers that delve into the conc [...]

    4. Zombies can make you think.ming they aren't already eating your brain. A zombie outbreak may make you question your survival skills (maybe you should have worked harder for that fire building merit badge). They might help you decide to go to the gym more often. Do you really think you could run a mile and still have the breath to wield that cricket bat effectively? In "The Undead and Philosophy",zombies make you think about morality, accountability, and other heady subjects.Thought experiments a [...]

    5. When I reviewed Game of Thrones and Philosophy, I complained that the book was just out to explain philosophical concepts, and it’s tie to the ostensible subject rested solely on using a few names and events for illustrations. In The Undead and Philosophy, on the other hand, the subject matter is much more integrated in the articles – each chapter using the Undead to discuss things like issues of personhood, or the relationship between desires/impulses and civilization.In some cases, it work [...]

    6. I'm not sure where my love of the zombie began, or the vampire for that matter, but I do find them to be extremely interesting in relation to society. How they reflect ourselves, idealized and grotesque depending on what film, novel, etc. one happens to read. To read essays that go into why these creatures are symbolic to society on various levels was really, really interesting.I would've given the book a higher rating, but the essays were hit or miss with me. I know enough basic philosophy that [...]

    7. (I assigned this book for my Fall 2010 freshman seminar: 'Vampires, Zombies, and Philosophy')I think the entire [insert pop-culture reference] and Philosophy genre is a silly attempt by publishers to move units in an otherwise low-volume discipline. What's worse, these books are mostly populated by a combination of grad-school drop-outs and feeble attempts to squeeze one last publication in for the tenure committee. That being said, I did not expect very much out of this book, so I wasn't too di [...]

    8. First of let me say that I didn't read all of the essays in this book.I skipped the ones about vampires, because my class is about zombies.There are some really good essays in this book and perhaps I will write a little more when I finished my assignment for university.Let me just say, that the thought about philosophical zombies fighting as gladiators and what it would do to our community is really interesting. And all the essays about Romero help a lot about understanding the development of th [...]

    9. Not a light read! An excellent philosophical look at a fictional situation and why we view it the way we do. The book delves into such topics and when exactly does death occur and what would make someone undead. Does the soul departing mean loss of a person or because there is corporeal continuity would the undead individual remain the same person. Not exactly a bedtime read unless you enjoy deep reading that requires you to pay attention. This book is however an interesting massage for the brai [...]

    10. This book aligns vampires and zombies into a study of the undead. Unlike the other books in the emerging genre of Zombie Studies, there is attention to the Philosophy Zombies, the philosophers to take the zombie as a real - if undead - theoretical experiment.As with all edited collections, the book is uneven, but there are no disastrous chapters. The scholarship is solid and offers the foundation for future work.

    11. I was tempted to give this 2 stars, but that would have been completely unfair. It's interesting and fairly well written, it just took itself a little to seriously for what I was looking for. Looking at it for what it is, which is written in a nearly text book format, it deserves 3 stars.

    12. Very interesting book to read, different. I enjoy the whole process of breaking down each zombie and vampire myth, movie and story. Very entertaining to read if you can handle the vocabulary and if you enjoy the subject of zombies and vampires.

    13. For someone ho doesn't know much about philosophy, this was an entertaining read. It's nice to read intellect discussions from academics who also really love their horror films and tv shows. Thank you for proving that not all horror fans are stupid teens.

    14. Curious essays written by college students concerning philosophical principles as illustrated by pop culture. (For example: the meaning of free will - the morality of killing zombies, etc) Amusing.

    15. Interesting essays on vampires, ghosts, zombies, etc. Even if not a fan of horror, the essay on the 'philosophical zombie' is fascinating.

    16. not just a book about zombies and vampires, but a collection of interesting arguments on death and embodiment. through the lens of fantasy we have much to learn about the reality in which we live.

    17. I loved this book. I used it in my research for my senior seminar project, "Highbrow Horror: The Value of the Flesh-Eating Zombie as a Metaphor in Pop-Culture."

    18. Some of the chapters were a stretch, but some were definitely intriguing. Mostly, it made me miss writing!

    19. I LOVE the articles in this anthology, especially since vampires are so in these days. I've been a long time fan of vampire mythology and will someday use this in a vampire lit class.

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