Inception and Philosophy

  • by David Kyle Johnson, William Irwin
  • Narrated by Charles Carroll, Ray Chase, Paul Heitsch, Christine Williams
  • 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A philosophical look at the movie Inception and its brilliant metaphysical puzzles.
Is the top still spinning? Was it all a dream? In the world of Christopher Nolan's four-time Academy Award-winning movie, people can share one another's dreams and alter their beliefs and thoughts. Inception is a metaphysical heist film that raises more questions than it answers: Can we know what is real? Can you be held morally responsible for what you do in dreams? What is the nature of dreams, and what do they tell us about the boundaries of "self" and "other"? From Plato to Aristotle and from Descartes to Hume, Inception and Philosophy draws from important philosophical minds to shed new light on the movie's captivating themes, including the one that everyone talks about: did the top fall down (and does it even matter)?


Explores the movie's key questions and themes, including how we can tell if we're dreaming or awake, how to make sense of a paradox, and whether or not inception is possible
Gives new insights into the nature of free will, time, dreams, and the unconscious mind
Discusses different interpretations of the film, and whether or not philosophy can help shed light on which is the "right one"
Deepens your understanding of the movie's multi-layered plot and dream-infiltrating characters, including Dom Cobb, Arthur, Mal, Ariadne, Eames, Saito, and Yusuf
An essential companion for every dedicated Inception fan, this book will enrich your experience of the Inception universe and its complex dreamscape.

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for fans of Inception

this may be rather limited in appeal to just fans of Inception, but I thought there was some excellent insights sprinkled throughout the essays. some essays are not as inspired as others admittedly but there is a good overview of various philosophical "fields". I enjoyed it, though I did listen in small segments and spread it out amongst other books, and it may be that returning to the essays helped keep them from getting too dry. I think Inception is one of the most thought provoking and amazing films of recent times and lends itself to revisiting time and again for new perspectives like a great novel. I have my interpretation of what I think is going on, but you may have quite another, and while many of these essays don't "solve" the film, they do add to my thoughts. some essays are better than others and some readers are better, but overall i found it very interesting.
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- Darryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios