The Devil and Philosophy: The Nature of His Game (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

The Devil and Philosophy: The Nature of His Game (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Robert Arp

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0812698541

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Devil and Philosophy: The Nature of His Game (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Robert Arp

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0812698541

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In The Devil and Philosophy, 34 philosophers explore questions about one of the most recognizable and influential characters (villains?) of all time. From Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate to J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion to Bram Stoker's Dracula to Darth Vader to Al Pacino's iconic performance in The Devil's Advocate, this book demonstrates that a little devil goes a long way. From humorous appearances, as in Kevin Smith's film Dogma and Chuck Palahniuk's novels Damned and Doomed, to more villainous appearances, such as Gabriel Byrne's cold outing as Satan in End of Days, The Devil in Philosophy proves that the Devil comes in many forms.

Are there any good arguments for the actual existence of the Devil? Does demonic evil thrive in Gotham City? Can humans really be accountable for all evil? Which truths about the Devil are actual facts? Is Milton correct, in that the Devil believes he is doing good? Through the lenses of Jung, Kant, Kundera, Balkan, Plato, Bradwardine, Aristotle, Hume, Blackburn, Descartes, Lavey, Thoreau, and Aquinas, The Devil and Philosophy takes a philosophical look at one of time's greatest characters.

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through, and rightly so. For it may have all been just Corso’s dream. So worry not, gentle reader. Regardless of what you might have come to believe, or think, or have read, or been told by someone, or seen in a movie, there’s no such thing as the Devil. No such thing. Keep repeating that to yourself. No such thing. No such thing. —“LCF” Devil and Philosophy Updated_HIP HOP & philosophy 6/16/14 3:48 PM Page 68 Devil and Philosophy Updated_HIP HOP & philosophy 6/16/14 3:48 PM Page 69 8 What

dictators has been likened to the Devil incarnate—a living, breathing antichrist—by some writer, speaker, or researcher. Speaking of Jesus, he’s a great example of just the opposite of the evildoers who “got away with it” unpunished. Recall Job from the Bible, or the end of Socrates’s life, or the famous book from Rabbi Harold Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People (1978). Along with Job, Socrates, and Rabbi Kushner, we also notice in this world that good people get the shaft. They go

the ramifications of such an idea: To regard the ancient writer as a possible source of knowledge—to anticipate that what he said could possibly modify your thoughts or your behavior—this would be rejected as unutterably simple-minded. And since we cannot deceive the whole human race all the time, it is most important thus to cut every generation off from all others; for where learning makes a free commerce between the ages there is always the danger that the characteristic errors of one may be

the statement or belief itself. You can’t rule out a statement or claim immediately based upon its position in time. But truth, from the Devil’s perspective, is something which he must steer us clear of. Proper rational discourse is exactly what the Devil wants to prevent. Thus, the fallacy of Chronological Snobbery is used by the Devil, according to Lewis, to keep us from the truth. If one falls for this fallacious view of the past, it is easy to conclude such things as “those medieval Christian

philosophy 6/16/14 3:49 PM Page 163 Man, the Devil Rocks! 163 no doubt, who profoundly impacted the Beatles, the Stones, the Grateful Dead, and everyone else), the way the Devil would be portrayed in pop songs became much more variable. This is when things get interesting. In more or less chronological order, the following pages will be devoted to the study of the most significant Devil songs from the late sixties to the midnineties, and what these songs suggest about the nature of the Devil,

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