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Stranger Things and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9470-3


xiv + 224 pages


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Stranger Things and Philosophy

Thus Spake the Demogorgon

Edited by Jeffrey A. Ewing and Andrew M. Winters
Volume 126 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

“Like mornings, this volume is for coffee and contemplation. When confronting the monstrous predatory humanoid known as the Demogorgon from the Upside Down, you need all the quiet time, caffeine, and wisdom you can get. Stranger Things and Philosophy is a curiosity door you can open; the chapters inside give you the paddles for your voyage into stranger philosophy. Bitchin!”

—Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, author of Doorway to the World of Essences (2011)

“Seriously, can you take the risk of not reading Stranger Things and Philosophy? Doubtful, if you’re a true fan of the show. The mysterious, perturbing story of Stranger Things opens up gateways into surprising dimensions of speculation and interpretation. Like the show itself, Stranger Things and Philosophy works on many levels and comes at you forcibly from several different directions.”

— Ray Scott Percival, author of The Myth of the Closed Mind (2012)

“The razor-sharp philosophers in this outstanding collection turn Stranger Things inside out and upside down, as they explore all the weird metaphysical stuff going on in Hawkins. On a scale of one to ten, I rate this book an Eleven!”

— Richard Greene, author of Spoiler Alert! (It’s a Book about the Philosophy of Spoilers) (2019)

 “Stranger Things and Philosophy is a backpack full of ideas sure to equip any fan of the show. It pushes past the well-worn critique of nostalgia to beckon readers into the forest of philosophical topics that surrounds Hawkins, Indiana. With fresh batteries in their critical flashlights, the book’s engaging authors illuminate all sorts of nebulous paths teeming with questions that will keep us up (and upside down) all night long.”

— Tom Sparrow, author of The End of Phenomenology (2014)

“The 1980s, an unphilosophical time that produced a goodly number of philosophical minds. The philosophers look back at what really happened, about us, about themselves, and about Oliver North (a Demogorgon, if ever there was one), Reagan (the Mind Flayer), and the host of other bad hombres who loomed over small-town America until they finally consumed it in the abysmal maw of their bottomless greed. It’s a role-playing game we can’t really escape, so we’d best prepare for all that’s stranger to become strangest.”

— Randall E. Auxier, author of Metaphysical Graffiti: Deep Cuts in the Philosophy of Rock (2017)

Jeffrey A. Ewing is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon. Andrew M. Winters teaches philosophy and religious studies at Yavapai College, Arizona.

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