am 23. Oktober 2012
Reading the Hunger Games trilogy is entertaining and thrilling, but there is much more to the novels. It is a great tale about humanity and inhumanity, about how oppression is working and people are reacting to it, how violence distorts human relationships, and about what is important to one's life under these circumstances. The issues raised in the novels are the issues that have been discussed by philosphers over the centuries.
That is where "The Hunger Games and Philosophy" comes in. The authors highlight many questions raised by the novels and discuss them, thereby referring to some of the most prominent philosophers of the ancient past up to recent times. It is suprising how much Aristotle, Socrates, Kant, Hobbes & Co have to say about ardent issues which you come across in the Hunger Games trilogy. Take a look into the book an see the manifold topics covered.
Reading this book is an entertainment in itself, of course of the more intellectual type. However, as the target audience are non-professional philosophers, this intellectual challenge should not be a problem even for younger readers. The Hunger Games and Philosophy gave me a deeper insight into the trilogy and made me look at levels beyond the mere action - and provided a welcome update on philosophy.