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Disney and Philosophy: Truth, Trust, and a Little Bit of Pixie Dust

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Disney and Philosophy: Truth, Trust, and a Little Bit of Pixie Dust

Richard Brian Davis (Volume Editor), William Irwin (Series Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-53828-8 December 2019 Wiley-Blackwell 328 Pages

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Take a magic carpet ride through Disney’s wonderful world of films and entertainment experiences, and discover the wisdom within its most popular and enduring stories just in time for Frozen 2

Philosophy begins in wonder, and there’s no question that Disney’s immersive worlds and iconic characters have enchanted generations of children and adults alike, inviting us to escape the mundane into a world of fantasy, imagination, and infinite possibility. In Disney and Philosophy, essays from thirty-two deep-thinking Disneyphiles chart a course through the philosophical world of Disney, tapping into the minds of the great sages of the ages—Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Descartes, and Goofy—to explore universal questions of freedom, personal identity, morality, family, and friendship: 

  • Can Sleeping Beauty know that she’s not dreaming?
  • Does turning our emotions and memories “inside out” tell us who we are?
  • What can Toy Story and Wall-E teach us about being human? 
  • Is hakuna matata really such a problem-free philosophy?

If you’ve ever asked who you are, what is right, or what your purpose is, Disney and Philosophy will spark your curiosity and imagination with a whole new world of unexpected insight into the Magic Kingdom.

 

PART ONE

            THE WONDERFUL WORLDVIEW OF DISNEY

 

1           Media, Mind, and the Magic Kingdom

            Read Schuchardt

 

2          A Philosophy of Wonder: Narrative, Meaning, and Disney's Animation

            Tyler Shores  

 

3          Liberty Square in the Shadow of Cinderella’s Castle: Hierarchy and Equality in Disney’s   Theme Parks

            Timothy Dale and Joseph Foy

 

4          Alienation, Consumption, and Flourishing at Walt Disney World

            Elizabeth Butterfield

 

PART TWO

            "THE SEAWEED IS ALWAYS GREENER IN SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAKE"

 

5          Confucianism, the Clash of Cultures, and Mulan

            George A. Dunn

 

6          Hidden Mickeys and the Hiddenness of God

            Robert K. Garcia and Timothy Pickavance

 

7          "Everyone Can be Super": Syndrome's Decree, Zen Buddhism, and Disney's Art of Imagineering

            Steve Bein

 

8          Understanding Ursula: Evil and Theodicy in The Little Mermaid

            Benjamin H. Arbour and David J. Rodriguez

 

PART THREE

            "YOUR IDENTITY IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE POSSESSION"

 

9          Saving Mr. Banks, Reclaiming Our Childhood, and Remembering Who We Are

            Mark Linville and Shawn White

 

10        Knowing Who You Are: Existence Precedes Essence in Moana

            William J. Devlin, Bridgewater State University

 

11         Inside Disney’s Inside Out

            Ellen Miller

 

12         How to Convince Sleeping Beauty She’s Not Dreaming

            Chad A. McIntosh

 

13         Wall-E and Eve: Disney's Intelligent Machines

            Timothy Brown

 

14        "Never Say Goodbye": Death and the Meaning of Life in Disney's World

            Jessica Miller

 

PART FOUR

            "YOU CAN BE ANYONE YOU WANT TO BE"

 

15         To Be or not to Be The Lion King

            Megan S. Lloyd

 

16        Breaking the Spell: Beauty and the Beast and Plato’s Prisoner

            Nathan and Leilani Mueller

 

17         Thawing Frozen Hearts: Sacrifice, Social Constructs, and the Nature of True Love

            Jamey Heit

 

18        “Our Fate Lives Within Us": Character and Choice in Brave

            Louis Colombo and Steve Jones

 

19        Freeing Woody: Toy Story and True Freedom

            Armond Boudreaux

 

PART FIVE

            "I'LL BE SHOOTING FOR MY OWN HAND"

 

20        From Cinderella to Princess Merida: Disney's Feminist Transformation

            Edwardo Perez

 

21         Accommodating Dory, but Disempowering Dopey? Dilemmas of Disability from Snow White to Finding Dory

            Kevin Mintz

 

22        "Always a Team, Always United": Disney’s Philosophy of the Family

            Kody Cooper

 

23        “Everyone is Special, Dash”: Tolerance and Inclusion in a World of Incredible Differences

            Richard Davis

 

PART SIX

            "ALWAYS LET YOUR CONSCIENCE BE YOUR GUIDE"

 

24        "Handed Down from Goof to Goof": What Goofy Can Teach us about Becoming Good

            Robert M. Mentyka

 

25        The Beauty of the Beasts: Disney’s Monstrous Aesthetics

            Jennifer Culver

 

26        Kuzco’s Moral Journey in The Emperor’s New Groove

            Dean A. Kowalski

 

27        “Let Slip the (Donald) Ducks of War!” or, Ethical Considerations about Disney’s War                   Propaganda

            Tuomas W. Manninen

 

28        Is There Any Utopia in Zootopia?

            Alexander Christian and Frauke Albersmeier

 

29        Wall-E, the Environment, and Our Duties to Future Generations

            J. Edward Hackett