Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality

Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality


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The first look at the philosophy behind Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight series

Bella and Edward, and their family and friends, have faced countless dangers and philosophical dilemmas in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. This book is the first to explore them, drawing on the wisdom of philosophical heavyweights to answer essential questions such as: What do the struggles of "vegetarian" vampires who control their biological urge for human blood say about free will? Are vampires morally absolved if they kill only animals and not people? From a feminist perspective, is Edward a romantic hero or is he just a stalker? Is Jacob "better" for Bella than Edward?

As absorbing as the Meyer novels themselves, Twilight and Philosophy:

  • Gives you a new perspective on Twilight characters, storylines, and themes
  • Helps you gain fresh insights into the Twilight novels and movies
  • Features an irresistible combination of vampires, romance, and philosophy

Twilight and Philosophy is a must-have companion for every Twilight fan, whether you're new to the series or have followed it since the beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470484234
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #15
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Housel coedited X-Men and Philosophy. A former professor of English and popular culture in western New York, she now serves on editorial advisory boards for the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture. Also an author of middle-grade fiction, she is currently working on a new young adult novel.

J. Jeremy Wisnewski is an assistant professor of philosophy at Hartwick College, the coeditor of X-Men and Philosophy, and the editor of Family Guy and Philosophy and The Office and Philosophy.

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.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Supernatural Humans

We Can’t Live Without xi

Introduction: Undead Wisdom 1


1 You Look Good Enough to Eat: Love, Madness, and the Food Analogy 7
George A. Dunn

2 Dying to Eat: The Vegetarian Ethics of Twilight 25
Jean Kazez

3 Can a Vampire Be a Person? 39
Nicolas Michaud

4 Carlisle: More Compassionate Than a Speeding Bullet? 49
Andrew Terjesen and Jenny Terjesen


5 Vampire-Dämmerung: What Can Twilight Tell Us about God? 63
Peter S. Fosl and Eli Fosl

6 To Bite or Not to Bite: Twilight, Immortality, and the Meaning of Life 79
Brendan Shea

7 Mind Reading and Morality: The Moral Hazards of Being Edward 93
Eric Silverman

8 Love and Authority among Wolves 107
Sara Worley


9 Bella Swan and Sarah Palin: All the Old Myths Are Not True 121
Naomi Zack

10 Vampire Love: The Second Sex Negotiates the Twenty-first Century 131
Bonnie Mann

11 Edward Cullen and Bella Swan: Byronic and Feminist Heroes . . . or Not 147
Abigail E. Myers

12 Undead Patriarchy and the Possibility of Love 163
Leah McClimans and J. Jeremy Wisnewski

13 The “Real” Danger: Fact vs. Fiction for the Girl Audience 177
Rebecca Housel


14 Twilight of an Idol: Our Fatal Attraction to Vampires 193
Jennifer L. McMahon

15 Bella’s Vampire Semiotics 209
Dennis Knepp

16 Space, Time, and Vampire Ontology 219
Philip Puszczalowski

17 For the Strength of Bella? Meyer, Vampires, and Mormonism 227
Marc E. Shaw

18 The Tao of Jacob 237
Rebecca Housel

CONTRIBUTORS: Ladies and Gentlemen, Introducing the Stars of Our Show, Humans, Vampires, and Shape-Shifters Alike 247

INDEX: For Those Who Can’t Read Minds 253

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Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Laura_87 More than 1 year ago
Do you still feel an unquenchable thirst for blo... er ...more news about your favorite vampire clan, the Cullen family, after having read all Twilight books? Then, Twilight and Philosophy is exactly what you're looking for! I used Twilight and Philosophy as backup for my bachelor's thesis and can thus assure you: If you are doing research on today's vampire fiction, this book is definitely essential and will provide you with new insights and strong arguments. It is not only extremely helpful for scientific research, but incredibly entertaining and fun to read. Twilight and Philosophy is a must-have for everybody who devoured the Twilight series, but it also holds lots of information for everybody who doesn't know what the Twilight hype is all about. You will be surprised to find out how much Bella and someone like Sarah Palin really have in common and why Edward is prince charming and control freak at the same time. Twilight and Philosophy makes you see your favorite vampires like you've never seen them before. I totally recommend that book to everybody who sees himself as fanpire, read the Twilight series or just wants to know more about it! Best, Laura
Jennisixx More than 1 year ago
This book really helped you look at the Twilight Saga in a whole different light. From one extreme to the other, not really a bad thing. A real page turner. This is a must for those who want to go deeper into the series. It really helps you put things in perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this would be a fun insight into the Twilight saga .... NOT!! Do not bother to get this book if you are a TEAM EDWARD or TEAM JACOB Fan!!
Maxine Williams More than 1 year ago
do not miss out on a funny book like this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is such a good person. Who cares if he is a vamp? He has a good heart. And he has saved Bella many times. And on top of all that, he's good looking! So im definetly team edward. ~ pokemon girl : p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jacob is better for bella
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv to read the twilight books and look at twilight photos it just like me and divergent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is so much to it that they didn't get it all. They are ridiculus. They have a very poor point of view. They need to really revise that book before they gave it out. They should have had Stephanie Meyer and expert Twi-hards to make this book. I've read better books. They need to re-make the book and that's that. It's awful.
seldombites More than 1 year ago
This book was very difficult to read - not due to the writing style, but the reasoning. Many of their arguments were made in convoluted, over-complicated ways when they could have been stated simply and succinctly. There was also a fair bit of repetition between chapters. I was left with the impression that the authors were trying to stretch a short essay into a full book so as to make some money. If you really want to read this book, try to locate a lend-able copy. Don't spend your own dollars on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a little hard to get past all tthe words but if u like reading explaining books this is for u
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a great way to read more about Twilight and delve deeper into your favorite characters like Jacob, Bella, and Edward. Whether you're a general Twi-hard, Team Edward or Team Jacob, there's something for everyone. Great companion for the movies! Like other books in the series, there's only a certain number of chapters and the different expert contributors add interesting perspectives on this pop culture phenomenon. Worth your time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book i luv it and u will luv like i did
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CafeGirl60 More than 1 year ago
As a Twilight fan, I was very interested to read this book and what the analysis/opinions were by the contributors to the book. Overall, I really enjoyed the author topics and would have given the book four stars except that editor/author Rebecca Housel's lack of factual knowledge of the Twilight series books made her two "stories" very frustrating to read. My suggestion to her would be to actually read the books and to others who are thinking about reading the book - I highly recommend it except for Housel's two stories.
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