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Supernatural and Philosophy


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Acknowledgments vii Introduction: Codename: GhostPhacers 1 Part One Of Monsters and Morals 5 1 Are Monsters Members of the Moral Community? 7 Nathan Stout 2 Aristotle?s Metaphysics of Monsters and Why We Love Supernatural 16 Galen A. Foresman and Francis Tobienne, Jr. 3 Hunters, Warriors, Monsters 26 Shannon B. Ford 4 Team Free Will: Something Worth Fighting For 37 Devon Fitzgerald Ralston and Carey F. Applegate Part Two Life, Liberty, and the Apocalypse 47 5 What the Hell Is Going On? 49 Galen A. Foresman 6 Try Hell, It?s a Democracy and the Weather Is Warm 62 Dena Hurst 7 Hunting the American Dream: Why Marx Would Think It?s a Terrible Life 74 Jillian L. Canode 8 Mothers, Lovers, and Other Monsters: The Women of Supernatural 83 Patricia Brace 9 Night of the Living Dead Demons and a Life Worth Living 95 John Edgar Browning Part Three Evil by Design 109 10 Dean Winchester and the Supernatural Problem of Evil 111 Daniel Haas 11 Angels and Atheists 125 Fredrick Curry 12 Oh God, You Devil 139 Danilo Chaib Part Four It?s Supernatural 151 13 Naturally Supernatural 153 James Blackmon with Galen A. Foresman 14 Masculinity and Supernatural Love 169 Stacey Goguen 15 Naturalizing Supernatural 179 Joseph L. Graves, Jr. Contributors: Bona Fide, Card Carrying Wisdom Lovers and GhostPhacers 189 Index 195

About the Author

Galen A. Foresman is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he teaches ethics and critical thinking. He is the author of ?Why Batman Is Better than Superman? in Batman and Philosophy (Wiley, 2008) and "What?s Wrong with Camping?" in Halo and Philosophy (2011). William Irwin is Professor of Philosophy at King?s College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Superman and Philosophy, Black Sabbath and Philosophy, and Spider-Man and Philosophy.


?Saying that, what is covered should be enough here for the ?Supernatural? fan to think about. Don?t get spooked.? (, 1 December 2013) ?All in all, through reading this book, I realized philosophical and religious examinations are a lot more fun when they?re done side by side with the adventures of Sam and Dean Winchester rather than traditional sources. The correlations make for a very good read. It will certainly change the way we fans see episodes both past and future. Thanks to pop culture, philosophy just isn?t for scholars anymore.? (The Winchester Family Business, 22 October 2013)

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