Alice and Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser

by Gwen

I guess that it is time that I admit something very important. I dropped Philosophy/Logic in college. Twice. It just didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t have to take a class to explore reality. To me, the fact that I felt, needed to eat, need to love, loved Diet Coke and beer, etc, was enough for me to realize that I am not the type to explore the fundamental truths of humanity. Life was real and it was all around me those sunny days on the SDSU campus. I had beer and toga parties, who could ask for anything more?

Fast forward twenty years to today. I am mature enough to admit that I don’t have it all figured out and that I had absolutely no clue when I was 18. When I came across Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy, I thought now is the time to really sink my teeth into this. I am older, I can do this this time around.

In a broad sense, philosophy is an activity people undertake when they seek to understand fundamental truths about themselves, the world in which they live, and their relationships to the world and to each other.

The book is a collection of essays by writers, professors, PhD candidates and well, philosophers. Each essay looks at a different idea or subject in Alice in Wonderland and surveys it based on it’s philosophical truths or lack thereof.

TRUTH OF GWEN: I still don’t get philosophy. This book penetrated a bit deeper than it would have 20 years ago, but that still ain’t saying much.

I feel sad because I know that many of you were looking forward to this review. All I can say is if you enjoy logic and philosophy, this would be a great book. If you are like me, just don’t need to understand the deeper truths and hidden meanings of life, pass on this baby like the plague. If you don’t “get” philosophy, this probably won’t help.

Now, I am going to crawl away slowly with the awful knowledge that I am nowhere near as deep as I thought I was…….If you care to explain all to me, I am listening.

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Original edition (January 12, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0470558369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470558362

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