Downton Abbey and Philosophy

ebook The Truth Is Neither Here Nor There · The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture

By William Irwin

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A unique philosophical look at the hit television seriesDownton Abbey

Who can resist the lure of Downton Abbey and the triumphsand travails of the Crawley family and its servants? We admireBates's sense of honor, envy Carson's steadfastness, and thrill toViolet's caustic wit. Downton Abbey and Philosophy draws onsome of history's most profound philosophical minds to delve deeplyinto the dilemmas that confront our favorite characters. WasMatthew right to push Mary away after his injury in the war? WouldLord Grantham have been justified in blocking Lady Sybil's marriageto Tom Branson? And is Thomas really such a bad person?

  • Offers fresh and intriguing insights into your favoriteDownton Abbey characters, plot lines, and ideas
  • Addresses many of your most pressing questions about DowntonAbbey's story and characters, such as: Should Daisy have liedto William about her feelings toward him—especially to thepoint of marrying him? Should Mr. Bates have been upfront with Annafrom the beginning about his past?
  • Views Downton Abbey through the lens of some of the mostinfluential philosophical thinkers, from Saint Augustine and DavidHume to Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill
  • Ventures upstairs and downstairs to examine key themesinvolving ethics, virtue, morality, class, feminism, the humancondition, and more
  • Philosophical speculation awaits on every page of this essentialDownton Abbey companion. So take a seat in your personallibrary, have the butler pour a cup of tea, and start reading!

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