Friday, May 14, 2010

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curious and Curiouser

Should the Cheshire Cat's grin make us reconsider the nature of reality?
Can Humpty Dumpty make words mean whatever he says they mean?
Can drugs take us down the rabbit-hole?
Is Alice a feminist icon?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as a blue caterpillar who smokes a hookah, a cat whose grin remains after its head has faded away, and a White Queen who lives backward and remembers forward? Is it all just nonsense? Was Carroll under the influence? This book probes the deeper underlying meaning in the Alice books and reveals a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Tapping into some of the greatest philosophical minds that ever lived -- Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche -- Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life's ultimate questions through the eyes of perhaps the most endearing heroine in all of literature.

My Thoughts - This was certainly an interesting read. It's one of those books that you can flip through and read what you want and come back and read more without getting lost or bored. It's broken down into mini chapters.Chapters like jam yesterday, jam tomorrow, but never jam today: On procrastination, hiking, and...The Spice Girls? Or Reasoning Down the Rabbit-Hole: Logical Lessons in Wonderland.
This book came out at the perfect time coinciding with the Alice in Wonderland movie. It helps you dig deeper into the story. This is a book I'll keep for a long time and pass down to my girls.

This would also be a wonderful book club read.

Read an Excerpt

Disclosure - A product was given for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given

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