Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser by Richard Brian Davis

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By Richard Brian Davis

The right significant other to Lewis Carroll's vintage booklet and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has involved little ones and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins stay after their heads have pale away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and recalls forwards? Is all of it simply nonsense? used to be Carroll lower than the impression? This booklet probes the deeper underlying that means within the Alice books, and divulges an international wealthy with philosophical existence classes. Tapping into a number of the maximum philosophical minds that ever lived?Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche?Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life's final questions throughout the eyes of probably the main endearing heroine in all of literature.

* seems at compelling matters equivalent to conception and truth in addition to how common sense fares in a global of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passage
* bargains new insights into favourite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, together with the Mad Hatter and his tea get together, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire Cat

Accessible and pleasing, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will improve your event of Alice's undying adventures with new that means and enjoyable.

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Socrates admired the closed and intolerant rival city, Sparta. When he questioned people about goodness or courage or justice, it always turned out that their responses were conflicting or vague. Socrates was always able to find some example or situation that made their beliefs look inadequate. That’s really no surprise. Even today, most people try to be a good person even if they can’t define what it means to be a good person in every conceivable circumstance. Here’s a variation on a favorite example in ethics.

My answer would seem even more absurd—maybe even Spice Girls absurd—if perhaps I fell ill myself while there, making some days (even everyday) profoundly miserable. indd 24 11/23/09 8:24:31 AM J A M Y E S T E R D AY, J A M T O M O R R O W, B U T N E V E R J A M T O D AY 25 even bad momentary experiences, but described in retrospect or prospect as good overall. Can Moore help us here? ’ ”12 The value of a thing “on the whole” refers to its overall value, while its value “as a whole” refers to the extra value that comes precisely from its being a whole, above and beyond the value of its parts.

Moore, named George Edward by his blessed parents, preferred to be called Bill, while the series editor of these fine volumes, Bill Irwin, prefers to be called Sally. To each his own I always say, except when I don’t, in which case I still won’t call him Sally. 4. G. E. Moore, Principia Ethica (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1903), 10. 5. , 27–31. 6. , 28. This entire quote is italicized in the original—he must have really meant it. 7. Moore faces quite a conundrum, however, in that the word “organic” had rather a different meaning at the time, thanks to “philosophers, especially those who profess to have derived great benefit from the writing of Hegel” (referring to the philosopher G.

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