Game of Thrones and Philosophy : Pop Culture and Philosophy

  • by William Irwin (Editor), Henry Jacoby (Editor)
  • Narrated by Robin Sachs
  • Series: Pop Culture and Philosophy
  • 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An in-depth look at the philosophical issues behind HBO's Game of Thrones television series and the books that inspired it...
George R. R. Martin's New York Times best-selling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals?


Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Game of Thrones series
Gives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, and themes of Game of Thrones
Draws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern America to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creatures of Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtue and honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game of thrones
Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will enrich your experience of your favorite medieval fantasy series.

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Open your eyes and read this please

Is this a great work of philosophy... no. Does it make you think about topics in different ways...yes. Look, the book might have flaws but I think any book that causes critical thinking is a good thing. If you disagree with the contents, good! At least you are thinking.

I have read the hyper-critical of this work and honestly,the bad reviews convinced me to get it. Someone goes on a 750 word rant about how their thoughts are far superior than the book just make me want to see what the fuss is all about. Rather than trying to prove who has the bigger brain just open up, listen and compare or contrast you own thoughts and opinions.

This book facilitated free thought and that is what philosophy is all about...the investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.
I love Martin's book series and HBO's series and this is a good companion.
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- Tommy "I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many."

An easily understood treatise on philosophy

What did you love best about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

A clear discussion of the basis of a number of philosophical schools, both political and ethical using examples based on the characters in the books and identifying criticisms that are not immediately evident. Chapters are written by a number of authors in their areas of expertise.


What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Robin Sachs clearly understands the material and his pace and inflections add clarity to the discussion.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Wisdom is like dragons and fears neither fear nor swords.


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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios