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Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone

William Irwin (Series Editor), Sharon Kaye (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-63229-1
368 pages
October 2010
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Expanded and up-to-date-the ultimate guide that explores meaning and philosophy of all six seasons of Lost

Lost is more than just a popular television show; it's a complex examination of meaningful philosophical questions. What does good versus evil mean on the island? Is it a coincidence that characters John Locke and Desmond David Hume are named after actual philosophers? What is the ethics of responsibility for Jack?

An action-adventure story with more than a touch of the metaphysical, Lost forces viewers to ask difficult questions of themselves just as the story asks difficult questions of its characters. Ultimate Lost and Philosophy helps you explore the deeper meaning and philosophical questions hidden within every complex twist and turn in the historic show's entire six-season run.

  • Includes every season of Lost, including 2010's final, highly anticipated season
  • Connects events on the show to core philosophical issues such as truth, identity, and morality
  • Explores a host of intriguing topics such as time travel, freedom, love, and loss

For fans of Lost who are interested in what the show reveals about ourselves and the human condition, Ultimate Lost and Philosophy is an entertaining, informative, and enlightening resource.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Lost and F.O.U.N.D. 1

PART ONE F IS FOR FORTUNE

1 Lost in Lost’s Times 9
Richard Davies

2 Imaginary Peanut Butter: The Puzzles of Time Travel in Lost 32
William J. Devlin

3 It Doesn’t Matter What We Do: From Metaphysics to Ethics in Lost’s Time Travel 47
Jeremy Pierce

4 If Sawyer Weren’t a Con Man, Then He Would Have Been a Cop: Counterfactual Reasoning in the Last Season of Lost 63
Deborah R. Barnbaum

PART TWO O IS FOR ORIGIN

5 Lost in Different Circumstances: What Would You Do? 75
Charles Taliaferro and Dan Kastrul

6 “Don’t Mistake Coincidence for Fate”: Lost Theories and Coincidence 91
Briony Addey

7 Lost and the Question of Life after Birth 107
Jeremy Barris

8 See You in Another Life, Brother: Bad Faith and Authenticity in Three Lost Souls 120
Sander Lee

PART THREE U IS FOR UNITY

9 Lost’s State of Nature 145
Richard Davies

10 Friends and Enemies in the State of Nature: The Absence of Hobbes and the Presence of Schmitt 164
Peter S. Fosl

11 Ideology and Otherness in Lost: “Stuck in a Bloody Snow Globe” 187
Karen Gaffney

PART FOUR N IS FOR NECESSITY

12 Escaping the Island of Ethical Subjectivism: Don’t Let Ben Bring You Back 207
George Wrisley

13 Lost Together: Fathers, Sons, and Moral Obligations 220
Michael W. Austin

14 Should We Condemn Michael? 233
Becky Vartabedian

15 The Ethics of Objectifi cation and the Search for Redemption in Lost 241
Patricia Brace and Rob Arp

PART FIVE D IS FOR DESTINY

16 The New Narnia: Myth and Redemption on the Island of Second Chances 253
Brett Chandler Patterson

17 I Once Was Lost: Aquinas on Finding Goodness and Truth 280
Daniel B. Gallagher

18 The Tao of John Locke 300
Shai Biderman and William J. Devlin

19 Lost Metaphysics: Keeping the Needle on the Record 312
Donavan S. Muir

APPENDIX: Who Are Locke, Hume, and Rousseau?

The Losties’ Guide to Philosophers 321
Scott F. Parker

CONTRIBUTORS: Jacob’s Candidates 341

INDEX: Oceanic Flight 815 Manifest 347

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Author Information

Sharon Kaye is professor of philosophy at John Carroll University and edited the original Lost 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 Mad Men and Philosophy.

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Press Release

October 15, 2010
The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy

Over six critically acclaimed seasons, Lost captivated audiences of up to 16 million making it the most talked about show on TV.

At the end of its season finale in 2006, Lost left in its wake a complex labyrinth of philosophical questions and issues.

The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together Die Alone charts the show’s intricate plot lines, and, from a philosophical perspective, examines themes of revenge, redemption, love, loss, identity, and morality.

Some of the philosophical perspectives explored include:

Friends and Enemies in the State of Nature: The Absence of Hobbs and the Presence of Schmitt (p.164)

Escaping the Island of Ethical Subjectivism: Don’t Let Ben Bring You Back (p.207)

The New Narnia: Myth and Redemption on the Island of Second Chances (p.253)

Drawing on the work of modern day, and ancient philosophers, this book is the definitive guide for Lost fans looking to unravel the deeper meanings behind this ground breaking series.

The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together Die Alone, is the latest addition to the “and philosophy” series, which is edited by William Irwin and includes:

Please get in touch if you would like to request a review copy of The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together Die Alone. For more information about the “and philosophy series, please visit the Wiley Press Room.

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