True Detective and PhilosophyA Deeper Kind of Darkness
The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series 1. Aufl.
Investigating the trail of philosophical leads in HBO’s chilling True Detective series, an elite team of philosophers examine far-reaching riddles including human pessimism, Rust’s anti-natalism, the problem of evil, and the ‘flat circle’. The first book dedicated to exploring the far-reaching philosophical questions behind the darkly complex and Emmy-nominated HBO True Detective series Explores in a fun but insightful way the rich philosophical and existential experiences that arise from this gripping show Gives new perspectives on the characters in the series, its storylines, and its themes by investigating core questions such as: Why Life Rather Than Death? Cosmic Horror and Hopeful Pessimism, the Illusion of Self, Noir, Tragedy, Philosopher-Detectives, and much, much more Draws together an elite team of philosophers to shine new light on why this genre-expanding show has inspired such a fervently questioning fan-base
Table of Contents True Detective and Philosophy: A Deeper Kind of Darkness Introduction: Welcome to the Psychosphere Jacob Graham and Tom Sparrow Part One. “It’s All One Ghetto, Man, Giant Gutter in Outer Space”: Pessimism and Anti-Natalism 1. Why Life Rather Than Death? Answers from Rustin Cohle and Arthur Schopenhauer Sandra Shapshay 2. Grounding Carcosa: Cosmic Horror and Philosophical Pessimism in True Detective Christopher Mountenay 3. Hart and Cohle: The Hopeful Pessimism of True Detective Joshua Foa Dienstag 4. Loving Rust’s Pessimism: Rationalism and Emotion in True Detective Season One Rick Elmore 5. Rust’s Anti-Natalism: The Moral Imperative to “Opt Out of a Raw Deal” Chris Byron Part Two. “We Get the World We Deserve”: Cruelty, Violence, Evil, and Justice 6. Where is the Cruelty in True Detective? G. Randolph Mayes 7. Nevermind: Subjective and Objective Violence in Vinci Luke Howie 8. Naturalism, Evil, and the Moral Monster: The Evil Person in True Detective Peter Brian Barry 9. “But I Do Have a Sense of Justice:” Law and Justice in the Bleak World of Vinci Beau Mullen Part Three. “Everybody’s Nobody”: Consciousness, Existence, and Identity 10. A Dream Inside a Locked Room: The Illusion of Self Evan Thompson 11. I Am Not Who I Used to Be, But Am I Me? Personal Identity and the Narrative of Rust Andrew M. Winters 12. The Light is Winning Sarah K. Donovan 13. The Tragic Misstep: Consciousness, Free Will, and the Last Midnight Daniel P. Malloy Part Four. “This is My Least Favorite Life”: Noir, Tragedy, and Philosopher-Detectives 14. The Tragedy of True Detective Season Two: Living Our “Least Favorite Lives” Alison Horbury 15. The Noir Detective and the City Chuck Ward 16. Cohle and Oedipus: The Return of the Noir Hero Daniel Tutt Part Five. “Time is a Flat Circle”: Time in True Detective 17. Time is a Flat Circle: Nietzsche’s Concept of Eternal Recurrence Lawrence J. Hatab 18. Eternal Recurrence and the Philosophy of the “Flat Circle” Paul DiGeorgio
Jacob Graham is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. His research focuses on ancient and modern philosophy, as well the value of philosophy in popular culture. Tom Sparrow is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. His primary research is in continental philosophy and phenomenology. His recent publications include Plastic Bodies (2015) and The End of Phenomenology (2014). William Irwin (series editor) is Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Philosophy at King's College in Pennsylvania. Irwin originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books with Seinfeld and Philosophy in 1999 and is the General Editor of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series. He has overseen recent titles including The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy, Wonder Woman and Philosophy, and Alien and Philosophy.
Does the world need bad men? Does Rust really know who he is? Is the light winning? And why life rather than death? As arguably one of the most existential flagship series in modern times, True Detective's spine-chilling storylines have attracted a fervently questioning fan-base, alongside significant online coverage and fan sites, inspiring substantial philosophical debate from both fans and serious philosophers alike. True Detective and Philosophy delves into the many existential and ethical questions that arise in this darkly complex, character-driven series. Investigating the deep philosophical issues behind the show's characters and engrossing narratives, these eighteen original essays explore questions that include: Why Life Rather Than Death? Cosmic Horror and Hopeful Pessimism, the Illusion of Self, Noir, Tragedy, Philosopher-Detectives, and more. Essential reading for fans and philosophers, the stimulating chapters in True Detective and Philosophy accessibly explore the deeper meanings behind this genre-expanding crime show.
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