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Divergent and Philosophy 

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xii + 228 pages


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Divergent and Philosophy

The Factions of Life

Edited by Courtland Lewis
Volume 94 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

“Absolutely essential reading for any true fan of the Divergent books or movies. Those who read this fine collection of chapters by these Erudite philosophers will be so pleased they decided to do it, they’ll throw themselves a Choosing Ceremony.”

—Richard Greene, Professor of Philosophy at Weber State University and co-editor of The Princess Bride and Philosophy: Inconceivable!

“Definitely cool, and likely to be a hit with any thoughtful person sharing interests in Tris, Four, and life’s toughest questions.”

—Matt Deaton, philosophy professor and author of Ethics in a Nutshell: An Intro for Ethics Bowlers and The Best Public Speaking Book: How to Conquer Nervousness, Polish Your Authentic Stage Self, Develop and Deliver Dynamite Presentations

“A thought-provoking book about life in the dystopic Windy City of the future. It will prompt readers to reconsider their chosen adherence to any given faction.”

—Shaun P. Young, Special Projects Officer, University of Toronto, and author of Beyond Rawls

“Life’s full of choices. Some are very hard. Fortunately, the choice of whether or not to read Divergent and Philosophy is an easy one. If you’re a fan of Divergent, or simply interested in how we come to know ourselves, the interplay of peace and justice, what makes for a good society, or other philosophical issues, you’ll make the easy (and correct) choice. Read this book!”

—Kevin McCain, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and author of Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification

 “An exceptional read! Courtland Lewis approaches his subjects with understanding and a great sense of fun. He and his team of Divergents use their philosophical serums to examine Veronica Roth’s Divergent series from all angles with surprising—and enlightening—results.”

—R. Alan Siler, author of Doctor Who’s Greatest Hits: An Unauthorized Guide to the Best Stories from Time and Space

 “Whether you’re the kind of person who wants to avoid idiocy (because it causes you to spontaneously nose-bleed), or you’re just looking to learn how to control your fears, Divergent and Philosophy is the book for you! Bureau approved.”

—Joseph J. Foy, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin Colleges, and co-editor of Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as Political Theory

 “Divergent and Philosophy shows us a path to a better, factionless society embodying peace, tolerance, justice, and compassion. Divergents of the world, unite!”

—Paula Smithka, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern Mississippi

Courtland Lewis is Program Co-ordinator of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Owensboro Community College, Kentucky. He co-edited Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside (2011) and More Doctor Who and Philosophy: Regeneration Time (2015)

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