By James B. South, Jacob M. Held
James Bond and Philosophy: Questions Are Forever
“Bond. James Bond.” when you consider that Sean Connery first uttered that iconic word in Dr. No, a couple of area of the world’s inhabitants has visible a 007 movie. Witty and urbane, Bond seduces and kills with equivalent ease — usually, it sort of feels, with equivalent enthusiasm. This enthusiasm, coupled along with his freedom to do what's forbidden to every person else, inspires attention-grabbing philosophical questions. right here, 15 witty, thought-provoking essays speak about hidden concerns in Bond’s international, from his carnal pleasures to his license to kill. one of the full of life issues explored are Bond’s relation to existentialism, together with his commencement “beyond strong and evil”; his objectification of girls; the ambiguity of breaking the legislations with a view to finally uphold it like every “stupid policeman”; the character of 007 by way of Plato’s ethical psychology; and the Hegelian quest for reputation evinced via Bond villains. A reference advisor to the entire Bond videos rounds out the book’s many pleasures.
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