Thursday, April 14, 2011
What I'm Reading Now: Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter!
I just received my contributor copies of Open Court's new book, Dexter and Philosophy.
I've had a chance to leaf through the text this morning, and thus far the book, edited by Richard Greene, George A. Reisch, and Rachel Robison-Greene looks mighty impressive.
My entry, "The Killing Joke" (comparing Dexter Morgan to a superhero) is the first article following the introduction ("Knowing Thyself") and is found under the section called "Maiming and Necessity."
My essay is followed by a really intriguing piece that explicitly compares Dexter to Star Trek's Mr. Spock. It's called "Dexter's Pointy Ears" and was penned by Abrol Fairweather, a Philosophy professor at the University of San Francisco.
Other sections in Dexter and Philosophy include "The Cut of Dexter's Jib," "What Would Dexter Do?," "Bad Blood and Bad Behavior" and "Dexter's Bloodline."
So far, I've only had the chance to read four essays in the collection, but they're all very good. I maintain Dexter is the finest genre show on television right now, and while reading this book, you can really see how the TV series has inspired a number of authors and professors to consider some basic life issues. What does it mean to be human? What value -- if any -- are emotions? And can a man who is a serial killer actually be...a hero? Is murder ever a social good?
You can pre-order Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter at Amazon.com, here, today. It's widely available on June 1st, in both paperback and Kindle editions.