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The Princess Bride and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9914-2


xii + 266 pages


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The Princess Bride and Philosophy


Edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene
Volume 98 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

The Princess Bride is our favorite story in all the world. But until now, no one has unlocked the profound secrets of this wise and witty adventure tale.

If you’ve ever wondered why men of action shouldn’t lie, how the Battle of Wits could have turned out differently, what a rotten miracle would look like and whether it would amount to malpractice, or how Westley could have killed a lot of innocent people and still be a good guy, then The Princess Bride and Philosophy has all the answers.

And if you’ve never wondered about such things, we’ll go through your clothes and look for loose change.

“This is an inconceivably enjoyable collection of essays discussing philosophical themes from The Princess Bride. What are the ethics of revenge? When are promises obligatory? Are things truly inconceivable if they actually occur? What would morons like Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates think of The Princess Bride? There is something in this collection for every philosophically reflective fan of the movie.”

—Eric J. Silverman, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Christopher Newport University

“My old friend Norman Lear paid for the movie to be made, and it’s always been one of my favorites, in part because I saw great philosophical issues in it, left and right. But until now, no one has brought out these concepts and discussed them. That’s what this fine book accomplishes so well. Have fun storming the ideas!”

—Tom Morris, bestselling author of True Success, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, The Stoic Art of Living, and many other popular philosophy books

The Princess Bride, based on S. Morgenstern’s classic, is inconceivably filled with philosophical insights and wisdom. Yet, without the proper guidance, it can be as difficult to unravel these insights as it is to make your way through the three terrors of the Fire Swamp. What I wouldn’t give for The Princess Bride and Philosophy! This book examines the intricate and complex bits of philosophy lying at the core of The Princess Bride, helping the reader to avoid falling victim to classic blunders and thus to become no one to be trifled with.”

—James Rocha, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Louisiana State University

“Philwasophy. Philwasophy is what bwings us together today. This blessed book, a dweam within the dweam of reality, is your perfect ‘bride’. It’s an adventure you can’t afford to miss. Whether you want to battle wits with Vizzini, you’re searching for the man who killed Inigo Montoya’s father, or you’re just looking to do some swashbucklin’ with a crew of desperate philosophers, The Princess Bride and Philosophy is all you need.”

—Courtland Lewis, Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Owensboro Community and Technical College, Kentucky

Richard Greene is professor of philosophy at Weber State University and has served as executive chair of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Among the many books he has co-edited are Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy: New Life for the Undead (2010) and Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter (2011). Rachel Robison-Greene is a PhD candidate at UMass Amherst. She has co-edited Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy: Bootleg This Book (2013) and Orange Is the New Black and Philosophy: Last Exit from Litchfield (2015).

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