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Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery (The Blackwell…

de William Irwin (Editor)

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Hit the lights and jump in the fire, you?re about to enterthe School of Rock! Today?s lecture will be a crash course inbrain surgery. This hard and fast lesson is taught by instructorswho graduated from the old school?they actually paid $5.98for The $5.98 EP. But back before these philosophyprofessors cut their hair, they were lieutenants in the MetalMilitia. A provocative study of the ?thinking man?s?metal band Maps out the connections between Aristotle, Nietzsche, Marx,Kierkegaard, and Metallica, to demonstrate the band?sphilosophical significance Uses themes in Metallica?s work to illuminate topics suchas freedom, truth, identity, existentialism, questions of life anddeath, metaphysics, epistemology, the mind-body problem, morality,justice, and what we owe one another Draws on Metallica?s lyrical content, Lars Ulrich?srelationship with Napster, as well as the documentary Some Kindof Monster Serves as a guide for thinking through the work of one of thegreatest rock bands of all time Compiled by the editor of Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Bookabout Everything and Nothing and The Simpsons andPhilosophy: The D?oh! of Homer… (mais)
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This is kind of a cool idea. Take a current topic and apply philosophy to it. So you've got essays on the death penalty (Ride the Lightning), assisted suicide/euthanasia (One), intellectual property rights (the Napster lawsuit), etc... It did seem a little repetitive at times and sometimes the subject only seemed tentatively connected to the band most of the writers did seem to be genuine fans of the band so that was cool.

I've been a huge fan since just about the start of the whole Metalica thing and I still like their stuff (especially St. Anger). They may be one of the last "big" bands and that's kind of sad but I'm glad they made it. ( )
  ragwaine | Nov 7, 2011 |
Do you think Metallica is nothing more than meaningless wild noise? Think again! In this book you will find essays from philosophers inspired by Metallica songs. Heavy metal meets Kant and Platon... ( )
  TheCrow2 | Sep 2, 2010 |
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Hit the lights and jump in the fire, you?re about to enterthe School of Rock! Today?s lecture will be a crash course inbrain surgery. This hard and fast lesson is taught by instructorswho graduated from the old school?they actually paid $5.98for The $5.98 EP. But back before these philosophyprofessors cut their hair, they were lieutenants in the MetalMilitia. A provocative study of the ?thinking man?s?metal band Maps out the connections between Aristotle, Nietzsche, Marx,Kierkegaard, and Metallica, to demonstrate the band?sphilosophical significance Uses themes in Metallica?s work to illuminate topics suchas freedom, truth, identity, existentialism, questions of life anddeath, metaphysics, epistemology, the mind-body problem, morality,justice, and what we owe one another Draws on Metallica?s lyrical content, Lars Ulrich?srelationship with Napster, as well as the documentary Some Kindof Monster Serves as a guide for thinking through the work of one of thegreatest rock bands of all time Compiled by the editor of Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Bookabout Everything and Nothing and The Simpsons andPhilosophy: The D?oh! of Homer

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