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Twin Peaks and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9981-4

$19.95
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xiv + 258 pages

2018

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Twin Peaks and Philosophy

That’s Damn Fine Philosophy!

Edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene
Volume 119 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Premonitions of a Log Lady

MARGARET LANTERMAN: Agent Cole, my log has something to tell you. Thoughts from now and ideas from then. Interpretations. Theories. Can you hear them?

AGENT COLE: WHAT’S THAT MARGARET?

MARGARET LANTERMAN: The Lodge . . . talpas . . . duality . . . woodsman . . . garmonbozia. Veiled in mystery. I can’t . . .

AGENT COLE: WHAT’S THAT ABOUT KANT?! I THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD.

MARGARET LANTERMAN: Evil, Agent Cole. Beyond comprehension. My log has seen things. My log understands. My log has whispered to philosophers, poets, and prophets . . . faintly . . . they’ve understood only fragments . . .

AGENT COLE: WHISPERS? NO, NOT WHISPERS. YOUR LOG WILL HAVE TO SPEAK UP.

MARGARET LANTERMAN: My log is silent now. There is another way. You must commune with those to whom my log has whispered. Listen. Intuit.

AGENT COLE: HOW WILL I FIND THEM? HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I HAVE?

MARGARET LANTERMAN: My log understands the challenge and my log provides. The revelations . . . the musings . . . perhaps only shadows of understanding cast on the wall of a cave . . . they have been recorded . . . compiled . . . find the compilation.

AGENT COLE: WHY DIDN’T YOUR LOG JUST GIVE THE MESSAGE TO ME DIRECTLY?

MARGARET LANTERMAN: It is not for us to question the ways of the log. It is a different kind of understanding that you seek . . . aesthetic . . . epistemic . . . moral . . . existential . . .

AGENT COLE: I’M GONNA LEVEL WITH YOU, MARGARET. I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT TALKING LOGS, I’M AFRAID I WOULDN’T KNOW WHERE TO START.

MARGARET LANTERMAN: That’s simple. Begin at the beginning. Waterfalls . . . trees of pine . . . apple pie . . .

AGENT COLE: DAMMIT, MARGARET, YOU MUST BE TALKING ABOUT TWIN PEAKS.

MARGARET LANTERMAN: Yes, Agent Cole. You must revisit Twin Peaks. All of it. Past. Present. Future. All at once. Go. Find. Read.

Twin Peaks and Philosophy provides both fans of the show and fans of philosophy with an ideal forum for getting to the crux of deep issues of knowledge, evil, morality, and many more, in a collection of fascinating chapters which turn out to be both entertaining and provocative. Because, after all, in one way or another we’re all special investigators of our own lives and the universe we inhabit.”

—Jack Bowen, author of The Dream Weaver: One Boy’s Journey through the Landscape of Reality (2006)

  “Twin Peaks and Philosophy unfolds the Twin Peaks origami in a series of revelations that are sure to lead readers, as they did me, back and back again to formerly unnoticed details, finally decoded plot lines, and suddenly illuminated scenes. It’s a wild, irresistible, and satisfying ride.”

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

 “Twin Peaks and Philosophy beautifully encounters the philosophy of Twin Peaks as much as it toys with the Twin-Peak-ness of philosophy.”

— Shai Biderman, Tel Aviv University, co-editor of The Philosophy of David Lynch (2011)

 “Twin Peaks and Philosophy encompasses all the Twin Peaks stories, stories of madness, of violence, and of everyday life. Philosophical understanding begins with one and leads to many. Twin Peaks and Philosophy gives us the one leading to the all.”

 — Darci Doll, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Delta College

“As a former criminal investigator, I found Twin Peaks and Philosophy to be a thorough and effective acknowledgment of the absurdity of contemporary scientific methods. This unique volume pokes at the futility and frailty of the human condition while giving equal credence to the source material. Science becomes redefined as a metaphysical reality that captures the essence of human persistence—leading the reader to true wisdom!”

— Brian A. Kinnaird, Professor of Criminal Justice, Bethany College

“Oh, Phillip Jeffries, we ARE gonna talk about Judy! This book talks about her and the other Twin Peaks community familiars—be they human, log, owl, electricity, the Arm, cherry pie, pale horse, or BOB, and with the help of Aristotle, Kant, Descartes, Buddha, and some other White Lodge philosophical types, helps us figure out what kind of dream we live inside.”

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

Richard Greene is professor of philosophy at Weber State University and executive chair of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Among the many books he has co-edited are Mr. Robot and Philosophy: Beyond Good and Evil Corp (2017) and Orphan Black and Philosophy: Grand Theft DNA (2016). Rachel Robinson-Greene has co-edited Peanuts and Philosophy: You’re a Wise Man, Charlie Brown! (2017) and The Princess Bride and Philosophy: Inconceivable! (2016).

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