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ISBN 978-0-8126-9854-1


xviii + 368 pages

September 2014

The Devil and Philosophy

The Nature of His Game

Edited by Robert Arp
Volume 83 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Did the Devil make you do it? Or are you just an asshole? Does the Devil you know really beat the Devil you don’t? Or are you screwed either way? And why the hell do these questions matter? Read this irresistibly tempting book to find out.”

—Roberto Sirvent, Associate Professor of Political and Social Ethics, Hope International University

“Old Mick introduced us to Old Nick and we did guess his name—but after all these years, we’re still puzzled by the nature of his game. With The Devil and Philosophy, your confusions will be put to bed as you find out whether the Devil can make you do it, whether heavy metal is Devil worship, whether His Satanic Majesty deserves any sympathy, and much, much more, in this sinfully delightful read!

 —Philip Smolenski, Queen’s University, Ontario

 “Whatever name you call him—Satan, Lucifer, Old Scratch, Mephistopheles, Beelzebub—he’s the baddest of the baddies, the personification of pure evil. And since his days in the Garden of Eden, that old serpent has been twisting people into all kinds of philosophical knots. The Devil and Philosophy attempts to unravel many of those knots. Old Splitfoot himself would be impressed.”

 —Christian Cotton, Instructor of Philosophy and Religion, Piedmont College

“While it’s often claimed that the Devil’s in the details, this book proves that it’s more interesting to examine the details in the Devil. The Devil and Philosophy answers questions about who Satan is, why he exists, how he relates to humans, and where he pops up in pop culture.”

 —Timothy Dale, co-editor of Homer Simpson Ponders Politics

 “If it’s true that only the good die young, that explains why Satan has been with us for so long. Whether the Devil’s a master manipulator, an embodiment of our deepest desires, or a fallen angel, he/she/it is both frightening and strangely appealing. The Devil and Philosophy helps us understand why.”

—Christine A. James, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Valdosta State University

“Running the gamut from Milton, to the Rolling Stones, to Augustine, to Vader, to Narnia, to the Joker, to Marx, to Emily Rose, The Devil and Philosophy collects pleasures that will prove irresistible to believers and non-believers alike.”

—Peter S. Fosl, Professor of Philosophy, Transylvania University

“The Devil’s alive and well in every aspect of our culture— movies, TV shows, books, plays, and music, as well as every area of philosophy. He wants you to buy this book . . . for the economy. (That invisible hand Adam Smith talks about isn’t what you think it is.) The Devil and Philosophy is far from being a ‘Hail, Satan’ kinda work, rather it’s a demonstration of the pen being mightier and wittier than the pitchfork.”

—Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, University of Guelph and King’s University College (Western)

 “A rich book, replete with a variety of appetizing delicacies and Brobdingnagian monstrosities. Tempting, very tempting . . .”

—Christopher Ketcham, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Houston Downtown School of Business

 Among his many contributions to philosophy, both academic and popular, Robert Arp is author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (2008); co-author of Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well (2011) and What’s Good on TV? Teaching Ethics through Television (2011); and editor of 1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think (2013) and Psych and Philosophy: Some Dark Juju- Magumbo (2013).

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