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The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence and permeating popular culture around the world. The films feature many complex themes ranging from good versus evil and moral development and corruption to religious faith and pragmatism, forgiveness and redemption, and many others.

The essays in this volume tackle the philosophical questions from these blockbuster films including: Was Anakin predestined to fall to the Dark Side? Are the Jedi truly role models of moral virtue? Why would the citizens and protectors of a democratic republic allow it to descend into a tyrannical empire? Is Yoda a peaceful Zen master or a great warrior, or both? Why is there both a light and a dark side of the Force? Star Wars and Philosophy ponders the depths of these subjects and asks what it truly means to be mindful of the "living force".

"A real 'tour de Force'! ...a terrific read for any reflective person gripped by George Lucas's archetypal space saga." (Steven A. Galipeau, author of The Journey of Luke Skywalker)

"I have a good feeling about this book. You'll thoroughly enjoy it as you follow your path on the love of wisdom." (John M. Porter, author of The Tao of Star Wars)

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  • C M A Bazzoli
  • 17-08-2019

Not as insightful as I hoped

I'm very interested in the wider interpretations of the mythology and philosophy of Star wars, but this collection couldn't keep my attention. Many connections are made to various thinkers and time periods so it lives up to its premise. however, there was so much movie quoting and, in my opinion, self-evident "analysis" that I lost interest. I've read quite a few books on SW over the years so this didn't provide anything new for me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-2020

Good spirit, bad execution.

Overall, I found the lessons in the varying philosophies and “certain points of view” (excuse the joke) to be very insightful. However, the execution in their attempts to connect to the movies were limited and repetitive. The same quotes were used again and again to attempt and convey different ideas which made the messages confusing and easy to mistake for one another. Many of the movie details and situations were also misrepresented and misquoted which can very easily take you out of the moment. At the end of the day though, I find the lessons can be both helpful and insightful if not a bit shaky and confusing at times.

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  • george a serrano
  • 22-01-2020

Interesting snd Thought Provoking

Fun listen and something that makes you have multiple perspectives on the not so black and white understanding of the world around us and the galaxy far, far away

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  • TSeanW
  • 27-08-2019

Good, but repetitive.

I thought this was a good book, however it was a bit repetitive. The combination of multiple authors led to repeating quotes over and over and similar analysis in some regards.

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  • Steven Whitmore
  • 08-07-2019

good overall but some characters were very lacking

Anakin sounded like a untrained dope n padme like a school girl who had to stay late

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