Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing

Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing

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Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone investigates our profound intrigue with mass-murderers. Exploring existential, ethical and political questions through an examination of real and fictional serial killers, philosophy comes alive via an exploration of grisly death.

  • Presents new philosophical theories about serial killing, and relates new research in cognitive science to the minds of serial killers
  • Includes a philosophical look at real serial killers such as Ian Brady, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer and the Zodiac killer, as well as fictional serial killers such as Dexter and Hannibal Lecter
  • Offers a new phenomenological examination of the writings of the Zodiac Killer
  • Contains an account of the disappearance of one of Ted Bundy’s victims submitted by the organization Families and Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims
  • Integrates the insights of philosophers, academics, crime writers and police officers

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  1. D. Flory said,

    Wrote on January 31, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent analysis of serial killers, November 22, 2010

    This review is from: Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Paperback)

    This book is a much-needed inquiry into the nature and ontology of serial killers – what they are (and aren’t), their variety, complexity, and why they hold such fascination in the popular imagination. Like grisly roadside accidents, mass disasters, or atrocities, serial killers raise a sense of wonder in us. How are such things – or such people – possible? By exploring that question with wisdom and careful consideration the essays in this book provide timely and up-to-date reflections on such matters as serial killers’:

    * thinking
    * culpability
    * motivations
    * “philosophy”
    * moral evil (and potential for moral goodness)
    * degree to which they are normal (or abnormal)
    * emotions (or lack thereof)
    * allure

    Also included are a timeline of noteworthy serial killers through the ages and an afterword from the Victims’ Network.

    Like philosopher John Doris in his “Forward” to the book, I feel a treacly interest in fictional as well as real versions of these individuals as I think about my (sometimes implicit, sometimes explicit) preferences in movies, news items that catch my eye, and novels that I pull off the shelf to read for “pleasure.” At times I’ve wondered what is wrong with me that I would be attracted to such tacky stories about the worst in human beings. A more pensive set of responses than I can usually provide can be found in the pages of these essays on the many dimensions of this horrific and yet very human phenomenon.

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