Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery

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William Irwin
Wiley, Feb 4, 2009 - Music - 272 pages
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Hit the lights and jump in the fire, you’re about to enter the School of Rock! Today’s lecture will be a crash course in brain surgery. This hard and fast lesson is taught by instructors who graduated from the old school—they actually paid $5.98 for The $5.98 EP. But back before these philosophy professors cut their hair, they were lieutenants in the Metal Militia.

  • 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’s philosophical significance
  • Uses themes in Metallica’s work to illuminate topics such as freedom, truth, identity, existentialism, questions of life and death, metaphysics, epistemology, the mind-body problem, morality, justice, and what we owe one another
  • Draws on Metallica’s lyrical content, Lars Ulrich’s relationship with Napster, as well as the documentary Some Kind of Monster
  • Serves as a guide for thinking through the work of one of the greatest rock bands of all time
  • Compiled by the editor of Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing and The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D’oh! of Homer

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Review: Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #2)

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Metallica rocks! Read full review

Review: Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #2)

User Review  - Christian - Goodreads

An admittedly silly title/concept that surprisingly works. And well! Has more to do with the philosophy aspect than with Metallica or their music, which is used more as a reference point, for the most part, than anything else. Got me wanting to delve more into philosphy. Look out Kant, here I come! Read full review

About the author (2009)

William Irwin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania. He has edited Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing; The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (with Mark T. Conard and Aeon J. Skoble); and Critical Thinking: A Student's Introduction (with Gregory Bassham, H. Nardone, and J. Wallace). He is also the author of Intentionalist Interpretation: A Philosophical Explanation and Defense and editor of The Death and Resurrection of the Author.

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