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Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser

ISBN: 978-0-470-59027-0
240 pages
December 2009
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The perfect companion to Lewis Carroll's classic book and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland

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.

  • Looks at compelling issues such as perception and reality as well as how logic fares in a world of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passage
  • Offers new insights into favorite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, including the Mad Hatter and his tea party, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire Cat

Accessible and entertaining, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will enrich your experience of Alice's timeless adventures with new meaning and fun.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: “It’s My Own Invention”— Yeah, Right!

Introduction: You’re Late for a Very Important Date.

PART ONE “WAKE UP, ALICE DEAR”.

1 Unruly Alice: A Feminist View of Some Adventures in Wonderland (Megan S. Lloyd).

2 Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow, but Never Jam Today: On Procrastination, Hiking, and . . . the Spice Girls? (Mark D. White).

3 Nuclear Strategists in Wonderland (Ron Hirschbein).

4 “You’re Nothing but a Pack of Cards!”: Alice Doesn’t Have a Social Contract (Dennis Knepp).

PART TWO “THAT’S LOGIC”.

5 “Six Impossible Things before Breakfast” (George A. Dunn and Brian McDonald).

6 Reasoning Down the Rabbit-Hole: Logical Lessons in Wonderland (David S. Brown).

7 Three Ways of Getting It Wrong: Induction in Wonderland (Brendan Shea).

8 Is There Such a Thing as a Language? (Daniel Whiting).

PART THREE “WE’RE ALL MAD HERE”.

9 Alice, Perception, and Reality: Jell-O Mistaken for Stones (Robert Arp).

10 How Deep Does the Rabbit-Hole Go?: Drugs and Dreams, Perception and Reality (Scott F. Parker).

11 Perspectivism and Tragedy: A Nietzschean Interpretation of Alice’s Adventure (Rick Mayock).

12 Wishing It Were Some Other Time: The Temporal Passage of Alice (Mark W. Westmoreland).

PART FOUR “WHO IN THE WORLD AM I?”.

13 Serious Nonsense (Charles Taliaferro and Elizabeth Olson).

14 “Memory and Muchness”: Alice and the Philosophy of Memory (Tyler Shores).

CONTRIBUTORS: Pawns and Pieces: As Arranged before Commencement of Game.

INDEX: “Down, Down, Down”: What You Will Find at the Bottom.

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RICHARD BRIAN DAVIS is an associate professor of philosophy at Tyndale University College and the coeditor of 24 and Philosophy.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

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