The Totally Sweet '90s: From Clear Cola to Furby, and Grunge to "Whatever," the Toys, Tastes, and Trends That Defined a Decade

By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, Brian Bellmont

In case you can inform the adaptation among the Petes in Pete & Pete, be aware of each step to the Macarena by way of center, and take into accout while the true international used to be approximately greater than simply drunken hookups, the utterly candy ’90s can be a welcome journey down reminiscence lane.

With this hella cool consultant, you’ll reminisce approximately that excellent decade whilst Beanie infants looked like a wise monetary funding and Kris Kross had you donning your pants backward. no matter if you gotten smaller dysentery at the Oregon path or longed to wait Janet Reno’s Dance celebration, you’ll get a kick out of seeing which toys, treats, and traits stayed round, and which flopped.

So throw your ponytail right into a scrunchie, take a swig out of your can of Surge, and subscribe to us in this experience throughout the unforgettable (and occasionally unforgivable) traits of the ’90s.

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The Sage Returns: Confucian Revival in Contemporary China (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

By Jeffrey L. Richey

An interdisciplinary exploration of the modern Confucian revival.

Until its rejection through reformers and revolutionaries within the 20th century, Confucianism have been critical to chinese language tradition, identification, and inspiration for hundreds of years. Confucianism was once rejected by way of either Nationalists less than Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong’s Communist social gathering, which characterised it as an ideology of response and repression. but the sage has back: at the present time, chinese language humans from all walks of lifestyles and each point of authority are embracing Confucianism. As China became clear of the excesses of the Cultural Revolution and skilled the adoption and demanding situations of industry practices, choices have been sought to the present socialist morality. starting within the Nineteen Eighties and carrying on with over the years, rules, pictures, behaviors, and attitudes linked to Confucianism have come again into private and non-private lifestyles. during this quantity, students from a variety of disciplines discover the modern Confucian revival in China, Confucianism and the kingdom, highbrow lifestyles, and pop culture. members word how the revival of Confucianism performs out in a number of methods, from China’s courting with the remainder of the area, to perspectives of capitalism and technological know-how, to blockbuster videos and teen fashion.

“…this is a well timed ebook … hugely recommended.” — CHOICE

Kenneth J. Hammond is Professor of heritage at New Mexico kingdom college. he's the writer of Pepper Mountain: The lifestyles, dying, and Posthumous profession of Yang Jisheng, the editor of The Human culture in Premodern China, and the coeditor (with Kristin Stapleton) of The Human culture in smooth China.

Jeffrey L. Richey is affiliate Professor of faith and Asian reviews at Berea university. he's the writer of Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism’s historical past in China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam and the editor of Teaching Confucianism.

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The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Mark T. Conard

In 2008 No kingdom for outdated Men gained the Academy Award for top photograph, including to the acceptance of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who have been already recognized for pushing the bounds of style. that they had already made motion pictures that redefined the gangster motion picture, the screwball comedy, the myth, and the movie noir, between others. No Country is only one of many Coen brothers movies to middle at the struggles of advanced characters to appreciate themselves and their locations within the unusual worlds they inhabit. To borrow a word from Barton Fink, all Coen motion pictures discover "the lifetime of the mind" and express that the human situation can frequently be concurrently comedian and tragic, profound and absurd.

In The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers, editor Mark T. Conard and different famous students discover the hard ethical and philosophical terrain of the Coen repertoire. a number of authors attach the Coens' most generally recognized plots and characters to the shadowy, violent, and morally ambiguous global of vintage movie noir and its smooth counterpart, neo-noir. As those essays display, Coen movies usually percentage noir's crucial philosophical assumptions: strength corrupts, evil is actual, and human regulate of destiny is an phantasm. In Fargo, now not even Minnesota's blankets of snow can disguise Jerry Lundegaard's crimes or brighten his lengthy, darkish evening of the soul. Coen movies that stylistically leave from movie noir nonetheless endure the impact of the genre's winning philosophical platforms. the story of affection, marriage, betrayal, and divorce in Intolerable Cruelty transcends the plight of the characters to light up competing theories of justice. Even in lighter fare, reminiscent of Raising Arizona and The substantial Lebowski, the comedy emerges from characters' trips to the threshold of an amoral abyss. in spite of the fact that, the Coens frequently knowingly and gleefully subvert conventions and infrequently supply symbolic rebirths and different hopeful results. on the finish of The great Lebowski, the Dude abides, his laziness has develop into a advantage, and the human comedy is perpetuating itself with the promised arrival of a baby Lebowski.

The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers sheds new mild on those cinematic visionaries and their films' stirring philosophical insights. From Blood Simple to No kingdom for outdated Men, the Coens' movies characteristic characters who starvation for which means in shared human adventure -- they're searching for solutions. A decide on few in their protagonists locate confirmation and redemption, yet for plenty of others, the hunt for solutions leads, at top, simply to extra questions.

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Final Fantasy and Philosophy: The Ultimate Walkthrough

By Michel S. Beaulieu, William Irwin

An unauthorized glance at the back of one of many maximum game franchises of all time, Final Fantasy

The Final Fantasy universe is filled with compelling characters and excellent storylines. during this e-book, you will take a desirable examine the deeper concerns that Final Fantasy forces avid gamers to consider whereas attempting to conflict their strategy to the subsequent point, akin to: Does Cloud fairly exist (or should still we actually care)? Is Kefka relatively insane? Are Moogles a part of a socialist conspiracy? Does the top of the sport justify the means?

As Mages, Moogles, fiends, and Kefka are mashed including the likes of Machiavelli, Marx, Foucault, and Kafka, you are going to delve into an important subject matters similar to insanity, nihilism, environmental ethics, Shintoism, the aim of lifestyles, and masses more.

  • Examines the philosophical matters at the back of one of many world's oldest and preferred video-game series
  • Offers new views on Final Fantasy characters and themes
  • Gives you a mental advantage--or a minimum of a philosophical one--against your Final Fantasy enemies
  • Allows you to use the knowledge of centuries of philosophy to any online game within the sequence, together with Final myth XIII

Guaranteed so as to add a brand new measurement in your realizing of the Final Fantasy universe, this ebook is the last word better half to the last word video-game series.

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The Philosophy of Joss Whedon (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

By Amy H. Sturgis

Each new release produces a counterculture icon. Joss Whedon, writer of the long-running tv sequence Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is famed for his subversive wit, wealthy characters, and notable plotlines. His renown has merely grown with next creations, together with Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and the cutting edge on-line sequence Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. via premises as strange as a supernatural detective company run by means of a vampire and a Western set in outer area, Whedon weaves tales approximately characters compelled to make general ethical judgements lower than the main weird and wonderful of situations.

The Philosophy of Joss Whedon examines Whedon's plots and characterizations to bare their philosophical takes at the limits of private freedom, sexual morality, radical evil, and Daoism.

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The Triumph of Vulgarity: Rock Music in the Mirror of Romanticism

By Robert Pattison

The Triumph of Vulgarity in a thinker's consultant to rock 'n' roll. Rock song mirrors the culture of nineteenth-century Romaniticsm, Robert Patison says. Whitman's "barbaric yawp" can nonetheless be heard within the punk rock of the Ramones, and the spirit that encouraged Poe's Eureka lives on within the lyrics of speaking Heads. Rock is vulgar, Pattison notes, and vulgarity is whatever that prime tradition has lengthy despised yet not often afflicted to outline. This e-book is the 1st attempt considering John Ruskin and Aldous Huxley to explain extensive what vulgarity is, and the way, with assistance from rules inherent in Romaniticism, it has slipped the limitations imposed on it by way of subtle tradition and confirmed its personal loud arts.
The e-book disassembles many of the myths of rock: its roots in black and folks tune; the primacy it accords to feeling and self; the sexual omnipotence of rock stars; the satanic predilictions of rock lovers; and rock's high-voltage photo of the trendy Prometheus wielding an electrical guitar. Pattison treats those myths as vulgar opposite numbers in their originals in sophisticated Romantic artwork and gives an outline and justification of rock's relevant position within the social and aesthetic constitution of contemporary tradition. At a time while rock lyrics have provoked parental outrage and senatorial hearings, The Triumph of Vulgarity is needed interpreting for an individual drawn to the place rock comes from and the way it works.

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Poker and Philosophy: Pocket Rockets and Philosopher Kings (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Eric Bronson

Does God play playing cards with the universe? Do ladies have larger poker faces than males? What’s the main existential poker motion picture ever made? Is existence extra significant if you happen to cross all-in? Is on-line poker rather nonetheless poker? Poker and Philosophy ponders those questions and extra, pitting younger lions opposed to previous masters because the brashness of Phil Hellmuth meets the confidence of Socrates, the recklessness of Doyle Brunson demanding situations the desperation of Dostoyevsky, and the chilliness of Chris Moneymaker takes at the American culture of capitalist ingenuity. This witty selection of essays demonstrates what severe card sharks have lengthy identified: successful monstrous takes greater than a very good hand and a immediately face. Stacking the metaphorical deck with a significant grounding in philosophy is the main to raking it in, simply because as Machiavelli proved some time past, it’s significantly better to be feared than enjoyed, and mendacity isn't the similar as cheating.

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Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

An in-depth examine the philosophical concerns at the back of HBO's Game of Thrones tv sequence and the books that encouraged it

George R.R. Martin's New York Times bestselling epic myth e-book sequence, A track of Ice and hearth, and the HBO tv convey tailored from it, have earned severe acclaim and encouraged enthusiast devotion. This e-book delves into the numerous philosophical questions that come up during this complicated, character-driven sequence, together with: Is it correct for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and homicide his kin? How a long way if you visit safeguard your loved ones and its secrets and techniques? In a fable universe with medieval mores and ethics, can girl characters replicate smooth feminist ideals?

  • Timed for the most desirable of the second one season of the HBO Game of Thrones series
  • Gives new views at the characters, storylines, and topics of Game of Thrones
  • Draws on nice philosophers from historic Greece to fashionable the USA to discover exciting themes resembling the unfamiliar beings of Westeros, the incestuous courting of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can exhibit us approximately advantage and honor (or the inability thereof) as they play their online game of thrones

Essential interpreting for fanatics, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will improve your adventure of your favourite medieval delusion series.

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Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

The comedian publication naratives of superheroes strive against with profound and annoying matters in unique methods: the definitions of excellent and evil, the bounds of violence as a good skill, the perils of implementing justice open air the legislations, the metaphysics of non-public id, and the definition of humanity.
Superheroes and Philosophy tackles those and different philosophical questions in an highbrow but attractive method compatible for any comedian e-book fan.

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The Hunger Games and Philosophy: A Critique of Pure Treason

By George A. Dunn, Nicolas Michaud

A philosophical exploration of Suzanne Collins's New York Times bestselling sequence, simply in time for the discharge of The starvation Games movie

Katniss Everdeen is "the lady who used to be on fire," yet she is additionally the woman who made us imagine, dream, query authority, and insurgent. The post-apocalyptic international of Panem's twelve districts is a divided society close to battle and suffering to outlive, whereas the Capitol lives within the lap of luxurious and natural contentment. At each flip within the starvation video games trilogy, Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and their many allies strive against with harrowing offerings and moral dilemmas that push them to the edge. Is it ok for Katniss to damage the legislation to make sure her family's survival? Do usual ethical principles practice within the area? Can the realm of The starvation Games shine a gentle into the darkish corners of our global? Why can we usually take pleasure in gazing others endure? How will we distinguish among what is actual and never genuine? This booklet attracts on a few of history's most attractive philosophical thinkers to take you deeper into the tale and its topics, resembling sacrifice, altruism, ethical selection, and gender.

  • Gives you new insights into the starvation video games sequence and its key characters, plot strains, and ideas
  • Examines very important topics corresponding to the kingdom of nature, warfare, superstar, authenticity, and social class
  • Applies the point of view of a few of world's maximum minds, similar to Charles Darwin, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, and Immanuel Kant to the starvation video games trilogy
  • Covers all 3 books within the starvation video games trilogy

An crucial better half for starvation video games enthusiasts, this booklet will take you deeper into the dystopic global of Panem and into the minds and motivations of these who occupy it.

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