The Walking Dead and Philosophy
Zombie Apocalypse Now
Edited by Wayne Yuen
Volume 68 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
To survive the impending catastrophe, you need more than just guns and food. You also need to understand the full scope of what’s going on. And that means philosophy . . .
“According to most reliable sources, the zombie apocalypse is just around the corner, so this collection of philosophical ruminations on AMC’s terrifying hit series The Walking Dead is just what you need to prepare yourself for the logical, ethical, metaphysical, and other kinds of deep thinking that will help you stay one step ahead of the ravenous recently deceased. Use your brains before they get eaten!”
—K. Silem Mohammad, co-editor of Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy and author of the poetry collection Deer Head Nation
“A spirited philosophical autopsy of this ghoulish entertainment genre that now stalks the Earth, steeped in surprising, macabre implications concerning the nature of mind, the limits of knowledge, and our moral compass among the living, the dead, and the waking, walking undead.”
— Dale Jacquette, author of The Philosophy of Schopenhauer
“Philosophers love zombies. It’s not hard to see why, since the very idea of a zombie raises so many interesting philosophical questions. These questions are wonderfully explored in this snappy tome with an infectious bite.”
— Duncan Pritchard, author of Epistemic Luck
“For anyone who wishes to expand their moral imagination, immersing themselves in the world of zombies and the zombie apocalypse is a good place to start. This book explores various dimensions of living with, and the ‘life’ of, zombies, from questions such as ‘What can they know?’ to whether it’s moral to kill them. The Walking Dead and Philosophy takes some of the themes marvelously explored in Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy and develops them further.”
— Hamish Thompson, Professor, Arcadia University, and author of “She’s Not Your Mother Anymore, She’s a Zombie!”
Wayne Yuen teaches philosophy at Ohlone College. He’s co-editor of Neil Gaiman and Philosophy: Gods Gone Wild! and maintains the Zombietarianism page on Facebook.