Synopses & Reviews
Essays by twenty philosophers explore the influence and significance of the "Fab Four's" lyrics, music, and lives, in a volume that discusses such topics as John Lennon and the Cold War, Paul McCartney's beliefs about love and community, and the ethics of chemically altered states of consciousness. Original.
"A collection of essays explores philosophical aspects of the Beatles' music, lyrics, and political acitivities. Topics addressed include: skepticism and epistemology, the philosophy of love, altered consciousness and drug culture, and Marxism and socialphilosophy"--Provided by publisher.
The most popular musical group of all time, the Beatles also brought serious thought to the bubble gum-scented world of pop and rock music, with adventurous, profound, and sometimes mysterious lyrics that veered from the deliberate absurdity of I Am the Walrus” to the rosy Rousseau-like fantasy of When Im 64” to the darkly existential/nihilist visions of Eleanor Rigby” and A Day in the Life.” In this lively new book, 20 Beatles-loving philosophers offer fresh insight into the lives and words of the Fab Four. Among the topics investigated are the groups critique of consumer culture; John Lennon and the Cold War; Paul McCartneys philosophy of love, community, and politics; the Beatles struggle against the inauthentic; the ethics of chemically changed states of consciousness; the metaphysical standing of popularized Eastern meditation; and skepticism in the Beatles worldview. Like earlier titles in this popular series, The Beatles and Philosophy discusses complex issues in an enjoyable, highly readable fashion.