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11-03-2009 @ 9:21AM
I was just in Barnes and Noble yesterday and saw a bunch of these "... and Philosophy" books. I was saying to my girlfriend, "God I freaking hate these books. They try to analyze these pop culture fads too closely and find inklings of certain philosophical theories that hardly pertain to the fads at all. In turn all they are doing is butchering the hell out of the theories and extracting certain certain thoughts and theories that hardly are apparent in the fads at all." Not only did I see one book dedicated to my favorite band: radiohead... now WoW has one.... nice.So let me guess, the Horde represent Nietzschean "Will to Power" and somewhere in there I am sure will be a nod to Sartre (whom I abhor) that along with the Nietzschean analysis also misses the point.And as someone with two philosophy degrees: B.A. and M.A. it is true: they only serve to make light dinner conversation and pick up chicks that have a thing for "nerdy guys".
11-03-2009 @ 9:31AM
Actually, the book only discusses the Will to Power in relation to the player, not to the horde, specifically the player playing Warcarft II Also, Sarte is mentioned only once, and he is only mentioned as someone who defined and popularized existentialism; none of his works or theories are actually mentioned.
11-03-2009 @ 9:40AM
Eh. I minored in philosophy, and I've only met two kinds of girls: Those who don't like philosophers because they "think/talk too much," and those who think your thoughts on such matters are too simplistic or pedantic. That's the problem with smart women . . . you're never smart enough for them.(Don't take the above too seriously. It's supposed to be a joke.)(Mostly.)
11-03-2009 @ 10:25AM
I'm sorry you have such a poor opinion about the usefulness of you philosophy degrees. I have a BA in Philosophy/Ehtics. Sure, I'm not a philosopher by trade. I ended up as a consultant and entrepreneur. And I am using all of the core skills I learned while studying philosophy; logic in programming, the Socratic method in breaking down the resistance barriers of clients, and business ethics with employees... And those are just a few. The power of a philosophy degree is that it is a very logic focused degree, akin to a CSc degree, with a heavy dose of liberal study.
11-03-2009 @ 11:40AM
"And as someone with two philosophy degrees: B.A. and M.A..."...I am very hungry, does anyone have any change?
11-03-2009 @ 12:36PM
But if Nietzsche's right, I'll have to sit through the Ice Capades again. And again.
11-03-2009 @ 2:42PM
@SmileyIn all honesty, I agree, this books of this series strike me as unlikely to present a reasonably nuanced picture of the philosophies presented. That said, if they get people interested in philosophy: awesome. No one comes to a new field of study with a thorough understanding of it - usually just a growing interest. So, if the ideas presented in the book are a bit simplistic for a Big Grownup Philosopher, that's okay. We're not the intended audience. If some high school kid picks the book up at a Borders and becomes interested in platonic forms, Hobbsian ethics, or symbolic logic, and wants to know more, that's great. He just might end up with a philosophy degree some day. @HalAw, c'mon now, don't be so harsh. As a lady with a philosophy B.A., I can tell you there are plenty of girls who like philosophers - we just picked the good ones and married them already. ;3...and finally,@ICANTAye, philosophy has much wider uses than determining the exact color to paint the walls of your cardboard box home... :) As a historical note, before the advent of computer science programs, IBMs recruiting efforts most often picked up students from the philosophy programs of the colleges they worked with. It's easy to see why - computers are nothing more than massive logic processing machines (Boolean Operations and Turing Machines being huge topics in philosophy yet today). So, yes, there's a lot room for the skills learned in philosophy outside of brooding in coffee shops.
11-03-2009 @ 2:45PM
"this books of this" = the books of thisproofreading is a skill they teach in English classes, not Philosophy classes /cough
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