Book Title : The Wire and Philosophy

the wire and philosophy

Release Date : 2013
ISBN Code : 9780812698237
Book Author : David Bzdak
Book Publisher : Open Court Publishing
Total Pages : 314

Book Summary :

Examining the colliding realities of David Simon's Baltimore through philosophical lensesBy many accounts, HBO's 'The Wire' was and remains the greatest and most important television drama of all time. Conceived by writers David Simon and ex-Baltimore homicide detective Ed Burns, this five-season, sixty-episode 'tour de force' has raised the bar for compelling, intelligent television production. With each season addressing a different arena of life in the city of Baltimore, and eachseason's narratives tapping into those from previous seasons, 'The Wire' was able to reveal the overlapping, criss-crossing, and colliding realities that shape--if not --the people, institutions, and culture of the modern American city. 'The Wire and Philosophy' celebrates this show's realism as well as its intellectual and philosophical clarity. Selected philosophers who are fans of 'The Wire' tap into these conflicts and interconnections to expose the underlying philosophical issues and assumptions and pursue questions, such as, can cops really tell whether they are smarter than their perps? Or do they fall victim to intellectual vanity? Do individuals really have free will to resist the temptations--of gangs, of drugs, or corruption--that surround them? Is David Simon a modern-day Marx who sees capitalism leading ultimately to its own collapse, or is Baltimore's story uniquely its own?

Book Title : Corners in the City of God

corners in the city of god

Release Date : 2013-10-24
ISBN Code : 9781621899723
Book Author : Jonathan Tran
Book Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages : 328

Book Summary :

David Simon's The Wire lays out before us a city in which people struggle under the weight of poverty, political corruption, economic despair, educational collapse, and the drug trade. This volume explores the various theological, ethical, and philosophical challenges presented by The Wire. As each season of The Wire unfolds, the moral complexities of life in the city deepen, as the failures of one system have unforeseen effects in other corners of the city. Fleshing out the ongoing tension between the "earthly city" and the City of God, Corners in the City of God is a theological companion to David Simon's masterpiece, inviting the reader to wrestle with the implications of belonging fully to the cities of the world, in all of their splendor and tragedy.

Book Title : Beyond the Wire

beyond the wire

Release Date : 2015-05-01
ISBN Code : 0977510484
Book Author : Devorah Wainer
Book Publisher : Devorah Wainer
Total Pages : 248

Book Summary :

How does a witness write about the experiences of seekers of asylum held in a detention centre without further silencing and invisibilising them? And how can she validly speak of her relationships with those who are incarcerated, and theirs with each other? Levinas' ethic of the face-to-face encounter provides a way. In this award-winning book, Devorah Wainer employs Levinas' ethics to do justice to the lives of refugees inside the Villawood Detention Centre. Her book is a tender-hearted page-turner, a soul-filled work of scholarship. At the heart of this book is an examination of the relationship between the free and the locked up and the hostilities a free person experiences visiting detainees. Written like a mosaic, a tapestry of thought, poetry and theatre, the book opens new spaces for asylum-seeking refugees to inhabit; and it shows us how to occupy those spaces face-to-face with them. Beyond the Wire is a brutally honest, thoughtful, and personal account of the conflicts entailed in taking ethical responsibility for the Other.

Book Title : Proceedings of the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science 1966 1968

proceedings of the boston colloquium for the philosophy of science 1966 1968

Release Date : 2012-12-06
ISBN Code : 9789401033787
Book Author : Robert S. Cohen
Book Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages : 541

Book Summary :

The fourth volume of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science consists mainly of papers which were contributed to our Colloquium during the past few years. The volume represents a wide range of interests in contem porary philosophy of science: issues in the philosophy of mind and of language, the neurophysiology of perceptual and linguistic behavior, philosophy of history and of the social sciences, and studies in the fun damental categories and methods of philosophy and the inter-relation ships of the sciences with ethics and metaphysics. Papers on the logic and methods of the natural sciences, including biological, physical and mathematical topics appear in the fifth volume of our series. We have included in the present volume the first English translation of the classic and fundamental work on aphasia by Carl Wernicke, together with a lucid and appreciative guide to his work by Dr. Norman Geschwind. The papers were not written to form a coherent volume, nor have they been edited with such a purpose. They represent current work-in progress, both in the United States and in Europe. Although most of the authors are philosophers, it is worth noting that we have essays of philosophical significance here written by a sociologist, an anthropologist, a political scientist, and by three neurophysiologists. We hope that collaboration among working scientists and working philosophers may develop further.

Book Title : The Politics of HBO s The Wire

the politics of hbo s the wire

Release Date : 2014-12-17
ISBN Code : 9781136025921
Book Author : Shirin Deylami
Book Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 192

Book Summary :

This innovative new work suggests that The Wire reflects, not simply a cultural take on contemporary America, but a structural critique of the conditions of late-modernity and global capitalism. As such, it is a visual text worth investigating and exploring for its nuanced examination of power, difference and inequality. Deylami & Havercroft bring together nine essays addressing issues of interest to a range of academic fields in order to engage with this important cultural intervention that has transfixed audiences and sparked debate within the social scientific community. While the TV show is primarily focused upon the urban politics of Baltimore, the contributors to this volume read Baltimore as a global city. That is, they argue that the relations between race, class, power, and violence that the series examines only make sense if we understand that inner city Baltimore is a node in a larger global network of violence and economic inequality. The book is divided into three interrelated sections focusing on systemic and cultural violence, the rise and decline of national and state formations, and the dysfunctional and destructive forces of global capitalism. Throughout the series the relation of the urban to the global is constantly being explored. This innovative new volume explains clearly how The Wire portrays this interaction, and what this representation can show social scientists interested in race, neo-liberal processes of globalization, criminality, gender, violence and surveillance.

Book Title : The Wire and America s Dark Corners

the wire and america s dark corners

Release Date : 2015-04-07
ISBN Code : 9781476619606
Book Author : Arin Keeble
Book Publisher : McFarland
Total Pages : 236

Book Summary :

In post-9/11 America, while all eyes were on Iraq and Afghanistan, The Wire (2002-2008) focused on the dark realities of those living in America's disintegrating industrial heartlands and drug-ravaged neighborhoods, striving against the odds in its schools, hospitals and legal system. With compelling story lines and a memorable cast of characters, The Wire has been compared to the work of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, with a level of detail rarely seen in a dramatic series. While the show garnered critical praise and a loyal following, a discussion of its political aspects--in particular Bush-era America--is overdue. This collection of new essays examines The Wire in terms of the War on Drugs, the racial and economic division of America's cities, the surveillance state and the meaning of citizenship.

Book Title : Elements of Natural Philosophy

elements of natural philosophy

Release Date : 2010-06-10
ISBN Code : 9781108014489
Book Author : William Thomson
Book Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Total Pages : 296

Book Summary :

The essential introduction to the revolutionary physics of Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) and Peter Guthrie Tait.

Book Title : The Wire

the wire

Release Date : 2016-04-23
ISBN Code : 9788494487323
Book Author : Slavoj Žižek
Book Publisher : dpr-barcelona
Total Pages : 64

Book Summary :

La serie de televisión The Wire, del productor David Simon fue emitida por la cadena HBO entre 2002 y 2008. Esta ficción televisiva ha sido aclamada como la mejor serie de televisión de la historia y ha marcado a productores, directores y actores; pero también a toda una generación de arquitectos y urbanistas interesados en la socio-política, la economía y la cultura urbanas, utilizando la ciudad estadounidense de Baltimore como marco de acción. En su ensayo The Wire, el filósofo esloveno Slavoj Žižek presenta un retrato de la cultura urbana contemporánea a través de la disección de cada una de las cinco temporadas que duró este drama policial. El tráfico de drogas, la corrupción, la ética—o la falta de ella— en determinadas actuaciones policiales y decisiones políticas; sirven de hilo conductor para realizar un retrato social del mundo en el momento actual. Como en una actualización de la tragedia griega, el autor aborda temas que continúan causando controversia, como las luchas por el poder, el liderazgo social, el papel de la prensa escrita y otros medios de comunicación, y una acertada crítica al sistema educativo actual. Con una estructura narrativa mezcla de guión, filosofía y periodismo, Žižek analiza diversas facetas de la sociedad a través de esta ficción televisiva, en la que la ciudad se transforma en un personaje más de la serie, y donde se muestran las más grandes representaciones de la grandeza y la miseria humanas.

Book Title : Serial Agencies

serial agencies

Release Date : 2014-09-26
ISBN Code : 9781782795391
Book Author : Frank Kelleter
Book Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
Total Pages : 125

Book Summary :

Serial Agencies investigates how public and academic reactions to The Wire have contributed to the narrative's serial evolution and cultural performance.

Book Title : Psych and Philosophy

psych and philosophy

Release Date : 2013-06-17
ISBN Code : 9780812698268
Book Author : Robert Arp
Book Publisher : Open Court
Total Pages : 288

Book Summary :

“I’m getting something,” says Shawn, assuming a look of intense concentration and pressing his fingertips to the sides of his head. Shawn Spencer uses lies, pretense, and distraction to get at the truth. But can pseudoscience and fakery really be so helpful? And if they can be, is it ethical to employ them? Psych and Philosophy takes an entertaining tour through the philosophical issues raised by a fake psychic. Can faulty logic get to the truth quicker than good logic? Are other people to blame for Shawn’s deceptions, because they’re more ready to credit him with supernatural powers than with superior natural powers? Is instinct more important than smart thinking—in police work and in life? Is it ethical to tell lies to promote the truth (and protect the public from criminals)? Almost every episode of Psych revolves around a grisly death, treated humorously by the repartee between Shawn and Gus. The show has much to tell us about human ways of coping with death, as well as about the problem of justified knowledge, the ethics of law enforcement, and the interaction of love, friendship, loyalty, and professionalism.