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David Bowie and Philosophy 

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xiv + 216 pages


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David Bowie and Philosophy

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Edited by Theodore G. Ammon
Volume 103 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Like Sophocles or Shakespeare, David Bowie speaks to us through the mouths of the diverse living characters he created. To decipher his real message is therefore always controversial. In David Bowie and Philosophy, sixteen philosophers, each one of them a dedicated Bowie fan, give us their acute and intimate explanations of Bowie’s many-sided creative accomplishments.

“No matter how familiar you may have thought you were with David Bowie, the chapters in this fascinating book will greatly enrich your understanding of his significance. We already knew that Bowie was constantly changing, but he emerges from these pages as a thinker. He switched perspectives as well as personas, to achieve a better understanding of the human condition in the face of the myriad horrors of the modern world.”

—Robert S. Mcelvaine, author of Eve’s Seed and The Great Depression

 “What use is philosophy, asked Denis Diderot, if it is silent? In this exciting examination of the life and works of David Bowie, Ted Ammon and his merry band of  philosophes speak out, with results at once entertaining, and enlightening.”

—Sanford Zale, Associate Professor, Champlain College

 “Despite its moments of sad irony, this is truly a fun book for David Bowie’s more thoughtful fans. The very different viewpoints of these very varied chapters give us a rich appreciation of this late, great creative artist.”

—Ray Scott Percival, author of The Myth of the Closed Mind

 “The scholars whose work appears in David Bowie and Philosophy ask fundamental questions about the nature of self, musical personas, and performance. Bowie’s long practice of building and inhabiting musical characters, his changing musical identities, his evolving philosophies of performance provoke inquiry into the concept of a ‘lyrical self’—that may be Bowie’s most lasting contribution.”

—Hollis robbins, Chair, Department of Humanities, Peabody Conservatory

Theodore G. Ammon teaches philosophy, specifically logic and aesthetics, at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He has published numerous scholarly articles in philosophy of logic, history of philosophy, and the theory of aesthetics.

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