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Inception and philosophy : because it's never just a dream

Author: David Kyle Johnson
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley ; Chichester : John Wiley [distributor], 2011.
Series: The Blackwell philosophy and pop culture series
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

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  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Kyle Johnson
ISBN: 9781118072639 1118072634
OCLC Number: 751831961
Description: 1 volume.
Contents: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The Dream Team xi The Editor s Totem: An Elegant Solution for Keeping Track of Reality 1 Introduction: Plato s Academy Award 11 PART ONE WAS MAL RIGHT? WAS IT ALL JUST A DREAM?: MAKING SENSE OF INCEPTION 1 Was It All a Dream?: Why Nolan s Answer Doesn t Matter 17 Ruth Tallman 2 Let Me Put My Thoughts in You: It Was All Just a Dream 31 Jason Southworth 3 Even If It Is a Dream, We Should Still Care 46 Andrew Terjesen 4 The Unavoidable Dream Problem 62 James T. M. Miller PART TWO IS THE TOP STILL SPINNING?: TACKLING THE UNANSWERABLE QUESTION 5 The Parable of the Spinning Top: Skepticism, Angst, and Cobb s Choice 77 Katherine Tullmann 6 Reality Doesn t Really Matter 92 Dan Weijers 7 Why Care whether the Top Keeps Spinning? 108 Bart Engelen PART THREE IS INCEPTION POSSIBLE?: THE METAPHYSICS, ETHICS, AND MECHANICS OF INCEPTING 8 How to Hijack a Mind: Inception and the Ethics of Heist Films 125 Daniel P. Malloy 9 Inception, Teaching, and Hypnosis: The Ethics of Idea-Giving 140 Adam Barkman 10 Inception and Free Will: Are They Compatible? 152 John R. Fitzpatrick and David Kyle Johnson 11 Honor and Redemption in Corporate Espionage 166 Albert J. Chan PART FOUR WHAT IS DREAMING?: EXPLORING THE NATURE OF (SHARED) DREAMS (UPON DREAMS) 12 Shared Dreaming and Extended Minds 177 Ken Marable 13 Morally Responsible Dreaming: Your Mind Is the Scene of the Crime 187 Lance Belluomini 14 Dream Time: Inception and the Philosophy of Time 199 Michael J. Sigrist 15 Dreams and Possible Worlds: Inception and the Metaphysics of Modality 215 Charles Joshua Horn 16 Do Our Dreams Occur While We Sleep? 231 Keith Dromm PART FIVE SHOULD I TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH?: RELIGIOUS THEMES IN INCEPTION 17 Taking a Leap of Faith: A How-to Guide 249 David Kyle Johnson 18 Limbo, Utopia, and the Paradox of Idyllic Hope 265 Clint Jones 19 Unlocking the Vault of the Mind: Inception and Asian Philosophy 276 Scott Daniel Dunbar PART SIX WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?: FINDING THE HIDDEN LESSONS OF INCEPTION 20 Mal-Placed Regret 295 Kimberly Blessing 21 You re Just a Shade : Knowing Others, and Yourself 310 Daniel Forbes 22 Paradox, Dreams, and Strange Loops in Inception 326 Tyler Shores APPENDIX : A Safe Full of Secrets: Hidden Gems You May Have Missed 343 CONTRIBUTORS: The Architects 363 I NDEX: The PASIV (Plenary Alphabetized Subject Index for This Volume) Device 371
Series Title: The Blackwell philosophy and pop culture series
Responsibility: edited by David Kyle Johnson.
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