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"This book is a witty exploration of the methods and motivations used by characters in the highly charged television drama and how some questions can be answered in our own lives." (Colleges.com)

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The Los Angeles Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) is on high alert now that 24 and Philosophy has been released to the public. Better hold your breath as such dangerous philosophers as Aristotle, Hobbes, Kant and Nietzsche infiltrate the CTU. Join them as they investigate Jack Bauer, asking the big questions of philosophy.

Along the way, we’ll want to know why the American Presidents trust Jack Bauer and whether they ought to? What does he have to know to cut through lies and ambiguities? When he saves lives by risking lives, is he justified or just lucky? When he puts his life on the line, is he crazy or courageous? And how could he know which knee cap to blow out to get that all-important next lead?? With the help of this volume, you don’t need a security clearance to learn about philosophy.


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Wish I could take a course under these folks. Oct. 14 2009
By Dr. Fred - Published on Amazon.com
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This is definitely a book for fans of "24". It is a series of articles by serious academics examining one of the best shows on television. There is a brilliant analysis in nearly every article with referrals to scenes from the first six seasons. It is like watching the shows again and making you want to pull out your DVD sets (I have seven now) to reexamine each episode. It is clear that the writers have an understanding of what "24" is all about and were I still teaching, I too would use the show in my government classrooms. This book would also be encouraged for outside reading.
good, but gimmicky Aug. 22 2012
By Mr S. Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
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This has all the content one could need, but it is executed in such a lame way. It has the classic 'the following takes place between...' as titles sometimes- not a huge issue, but it's just the kind of thing that gives the serious study of media a bad name- it's gimmicky. But apart from that you can tell the writers had a laugh putting this together and it's been a huge help.
The whole family was drooling over it! Jan. 4 2011
By Michael H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I sent this as a gift to my Mom who is a die hard Jack fan for Christmas. As more of my family joined us for holiday visits, everyone was drawn to the coffee table where this book as proudly laid out. Everyone was drooling over this book and wanted to flip through it and wanted to know where I got it so they can go out and buy it too.
so it was nice to revisit it Nov. 1 2014
By Dawn Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
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My son and I are 24 fans, so we know the episodes to which the book refers. The book helps us to understand the philosophy behind it, and to ask questions about what we would do in such awful circumstances. It really makes you think. I haven't studied philosophy since college, so it was nice to revisit it.
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Thinking is Fun! June 3 2014
By Kschimmelwriter - Published on Amazon.com
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Philosophers who are also serious fans of 24 use situations from the television series to explore philosophical ideas. There are plenty of ethical problems to be solved in any episode of 24, so the writers tackle torture, just war, self-sacrifice, the greater good,a nd many other issues that philosophers still struggle with.

I especially liked the chapter on Jack Bauer as the anti-Eichmann. Eichmann, of course, was the Nazi who thought his meticulous following of orders absolved him of guilt for his butchery. As the anti-Eichmann, Jack is just as likely to ignore orders as follow them, using his own judgementas to what is best for the country.

I have more interest in philosophy than ever before because of this fun and thoughtful book.


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