By Jerry L. Walls, Gregory Bassham
The Chronicles of Narnia sequence has entertained thousands of readers, either youngsters and adults, because the visual appeal of the 1st ebook in 1950. right here, students flip the lens of philosophy on those undying stories. Engagingly written for a lay viewers, those essays think of a wealth of themes founded at the moral, non secular, mythic, and ethical resonances within the adventures of Aslan, the Pevensie kids, and the remainder of the colourful forged.
• Do the mind-blowing occasions in Narnia provide readers a simplistic view of human selection and choice making?
• Does Aslan supply an answer to the matter of evil?
• What does the nature of Susan inform readers approximately Lewis's view of gender?
• How does Lewis tackle the Nietzschean “master morality" embraced by means of many of the villains of the Chronicles?
With those and a variety of different questions, this provocative booklet takes a clean view of the area of Narnia and expands readers' adventure of it.
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Hume argues that one is never justified in accepting the report of a miracle. Although there are obvious parallels between purported miracles and Lucy’s testimony, I’ve not included a discussion of Hume in this essay because it is essential to his argument that a miracle is a violation of a law of nature. But Lucy makes no claim to have experienced a literal miracle. For all she is claiming, her adventure in Narnia has an explanation that is perfectly in keeping with natural laws. narnia & philosophy 2012_narnia & philosophy 2/13/12 10:50 AM Page 30 30 Thomas D.
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