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Final Fantasy and Philosophy: The Ultimate Walkthrough

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"Interesting read"
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I picked up this book because I had an interest in both philosophy and the Final Fantasy series, so what could be more perfect- The book draws links between philosophical theories and themes from different Final Fantasy games. I found it entertaining and pretty interesting, but some parts were a bit dull where it started to feel as if I was reading an actual textbook.

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Description

An unauthorized look behind one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, Final Fantasy

The Final Fantasy universe is packed with compelling characters and incredible storylines. In this book, you′ll take a fascinating look at the deeper issues that Final Fantasy forces players to think about while trying to battle their way to the next level, such as: Does Cloud really exist (or should we really care)? Is Kefka really insane? Are Moogles part of a socialist conspiracy? Does the end of the game justify the means?

As Mages, Moogles, fiends, and Kefka are mashed together with the likes of Machiavelli, Marx, Foucault, and Kafka, you′ll delve into crucial topics such as madness, nihilism, environmental ethics, Shintoism, the purpose of life, and much more.

 

  • Examines the philosophical issues behind one of the world′s oldest and most popular video–game series
  • Offers new perspectives on Final Fantasy characters and themes
  • Gives you a psychological advantage––or at least a philosophical one––against your Final Fantasy enemies
  • Allows you to apply the wisdom of centuries of philosophy to any game in the series, including Final Fantasy XIII

Guaranteed to add a new dimension to your understanding of the Final Fantasy universe, this book is the ultimate companion to the ultimate video–game series.

From the Back Cover

Final Fantasy is one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, and its universe is packed with compelling characters and incredible storylines. With this book, you′ll be able to apply the wisdom of centuries of philosophy to any game in the series, including Final Fantasy XIII. Everything you′ll need to achieve a greater understanding of Final Fantasy is here. As Mages, Moogles, fiends, and Kefka are mashed together with the likes of Machiavelli, Marx, Foucault, and Kafka, you′ll delve into crucial topics such as madness, nihilism, environmental ethics, Shintoism, the purpose of life, and much more. And of course, your intellectual status will be forever changed upon reading this book.
Guaranteed to add a new dimension to your understanding of the Final Fantasy universe, this book is the ultimate companion to the ultimate video game series.

Author Biography

Jason P. Blahuta is an associate professor of philosophy at Lakehead University and has contributed to Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy and Terminator and Philosophy. Michel S. Beaulieu is an assistant professor of history at Lakehead University. William Irwin is a professor of philosophy at King's College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

Release date Australia
September 25th, 2009
Contributors
Edited by Jason P. Blahuta Edited by Michel S. Beaulieu Series edited by William Irwin
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
John Wiley & Sons Inc
Pages
232
Dimensions
162x227x13
ISBN-13
9780470415368
Product ID
3337266

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