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An in-depth look at the philosophical issues behind HBO's Game of Thrones television series and the books that inspired it...

George R. R. Martin's New York Times best-selling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals?

  • Timed for the premiere of the second season of the HBO Game of Thrones series
  • Gives new perspectives on the characters, storylines, and themes of Game of Thrones
  • Draws on great philosophers from ancient Greece to modern America to explore intriguing topics such as the strange creatures of Westeros, the incestuous relationship of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can show us about virtue and honor (or the lack thereof) as they play their game of thrones

Essential reading for fans, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will enrich your experience of your favorite medieval fantasy series.

©2012 John Wiley & Sons (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Tommy
  • 12 07 2013

Open your eyes and read this please

Is this a great work of philosophy... no. Does it make you think about topics in different ways...yes. Look, the book might have flaws but I think any book that causes critical thinking is a good thing. If you disagree with the contents, good! At least you are thinking.

I have read the hyper-critical of this work and honestly,the bad reviews convinced me to get it. Someone goes on a 750 word rant about how their thoughts are far superior than the book just make me want to see what the fuss is all about. Rather than trying to prove who has the bigger brain just open up, listen and compare or contrast you own thoughts and opinions.

This book facilitated free thought and that is what philosophy is all about...the investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.
I love Martin's book series and HBO's series and this is a good companion.

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  • Richard
  • 25 02 2013

An easily understood treatise on philosophy

What did you love best about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

A clear discussion of the basis of a number of philosophical schools, both political and ethical using examples based on the characters in the books and identifying criticisms that are not immediately evident. Chapters are written by a number of authors in their areas of expertise.

What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Robin Sachs clearly understands the material and his pace and inflections add clarity to the discussion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Wisdom is like dragons and fears neither fear nor swords.

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  • sharon
  • 04 10 2013

Worth Listening To

I had been looking for something that addressed GOT philosophy and themes and this book fit the bill. It is a collection of summaries by different authors about various characters and themes in the books. It was written after the first HBO season and after all 5 books had been written so spoiler alerts are included in the foward. Although the narrator was a little monotone at times, it didn't take away from the viewpoints of the authors. Some of the content could get a little dry esp the section on physicalism. Also,you could totally tell the authors who had read all 5 books from the ones who had only watched the first HBO season. For example, one author referred to Sir Jorah Mormont fleeing Kings Landing for Bravos after the city was sacked by Robert Baratheon. That's totally not true. Sir Jorah was exiled from Bear Island by Eddard Stark after he captured some poachers and sold them to slavers for money. Also, one of the authors kept calling Stannis, Stanley. Otherwise, this book was well worth listening to.

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  • MelFC
  • 25 03 2014

Philosophical Discussion of a Favorite Subject

If you could sum up Game of Thrones and Philosophy in three words, what would they be?

Painless intro to philosophy

What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

Robin Sachs has a wonderful voice, rich and unstressed, perfectly paced.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Robb Stark should have studied Machiavelli's "The Prince" before becoming King of the North.

Any additional comments?

Some philosophers discussed: Hobbes, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Sartre, Nietzsche. <br/>Some concepts discussed: the nature of happiness, moral luck, chivalry, metaphysical fatalism, game theory, just war theory

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  • Kelly Dixon
  • 20 08 2013

A fun exploration of philosophy

What did you love best about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

I love applying philosophy to pop culture. It really helps me understand the philosophical concepts-- or makes be believe that I understand them better. <br/><br/>I read a lot of science usually. The philosophy is a mental palate cleanser.

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  • Matthew T. Brandimarte
  • 06 03 2017

Excellent book

loved all the philosophy that this book had it was great and wonderful. i would recommend it to anyone that loves Game of Thrones

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  • Robert
  • 23 05 2015

A starting point, but nothing that surprising

This reminds me of an intro to philosophy course that threw in some GoT references for sales. Most are valid points and will help you put an official title to concepts explored in the actual series. But nothing really in-depth or interesting either.

Discussion that you can get elsewhere - like is it better to be a likable, honorable leader or harsh, efficient leader? But if you want to have that discussion involving your favorite characters from the series, then this will be a fine book for you.

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  • Joseph Scarnici
  • 10 02 2015

Great book on Philosophy

If you like Philosophy and you've read all the game of thrones books, this is a great book for you. It's philosophy, explained with characters of Game of Thrones. The author takes philosophers from history and explains their principles through the characters and happenings of GOT. Brilliant. I have a deeper understanding of some of the philosophers studies and a better understanding of GOT and George RR Martin after reading this.

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  • andrew
  • 14 07 2014

Absolute Nonsense

What disappointed you about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

I learned nothing new, and the book was an absolute ordeal to suffer through. This book is the equivalent of listening to Dr. Phil talk about nothing for 9 hours.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I already started my next book, it's about the great World War 2 generals, Patton, Montgomery, and Rommel.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was boring, everything about this book was boring. The narrator wasn't terrible, and one star is probably a bit harsh. After the first few hours I just wanted to suffer through, and finish it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

This entire book should have been thrown onto Khal Drogo's funeral pyre, then burned on the Blackwater with Stannis Baratheon's fleet, and finally been shot with a cross bow by Tyrion Lannister.

Any additional comments?

Unless you are heavy into deep philosophy, and you want 9 hours of your life you will never get back...STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK. I will try to get my credit back from Audible.

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  • Hazel
  • 21 05 2013

Not part of the Game of throne series

What disappointed you about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

I was looking for book 3 as you had book 2. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!!

What do you think your next listen will be?

hopefully book 3 of game of thrones

How could the performance have been better?

if it was an actual book from the series

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

none

Any additional comments?

where can I find the full series on Game of Thrones? Can I return this book and get a refund?<br/><br/>Hazel Clarke

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  • Steven
  • 01 12 2013

Great book to further enjoy the game of thrones

Where does Game of Thrones and Philosophy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Certainly ranks in my top twenty

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the discussion about God and the links to the game of thrones gods. In particular the warrior philosophy was discussed at length which I enjoyed <br/>

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Discussions of moral correctness particularly in the case Ned

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes certainly I could not out the boom down so to speak very gripping

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable book that made me think about the real life implication of the characters I'm the game of thrones. It made me look at complicated philisophical ideas in an entirely new light by applying them to my favourite series. You don't have to be an expert in any field to enjoy this boo, if you have read the booms or even just watched the series you will enjoy this book<br/>

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