The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy: You Think or Die
The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy is yet another offering in the wonderful pop culture and philosophy series. This one focuses on GRR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the HBO show Game of Thrones. There are seven sections looking at various aspects of the stories, from the ethics and morals employed by the various people woven through this elaborate tapestry to the lenses disability is viewed through to questions of power and its misuse to the Machiavellian influence woven into the story. The philosophies that guide the lives of certain characters such as Arya, Jaime, and Tyrion are examined closer, with an eye to their deep growth and evolution. Some of my favorites include:
“Tyrion’s Humor,” which discusses how humor can be used as a criticism of social injustice and how Tyrion’s brand of humor reflects not malice but compassion abraded by cynicism. He’s also reflecting the archetype of the Fool, who can get away with saying and doing things others can’t. That doesn’t always mean he’ll get away with it.
“Guilty of Being a Dwarf” compares Tyrion’s life journey to Sartre’s views on self and how we choose to see ourselves. (Yes, I am a huge Tyrion fan.)
I love these books! They focus and sharpen philosophical concepts, revealing how they are present in our entertainment and illustrating their relevance in today’s society. This particular one had more yet shorter essays. All were really good.
Highly recommended for any lover of philosophy and for fans of the Song of Ice and Fire book series or the HBO Game of Thrones series.
Eric J. Silverman, Editor • Robert Arp, Editor