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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Co ,U.S. (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812697316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812697315
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 743,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Josef Steiff is Associate Chair of the Film & Video Department at Columbia College, Chicago. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Independent Filmmaking and co-editor of Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy, Anime and Philosophy, and Manga and Philosophy. He lives in Chicago.

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Excellent study of Sherlock Holmes methods and ideas from a philosophical point of Spinoza, Nietzsche and the rest of them
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The Philosopher's Detective 16 Jan. 2012
By J. Scott - Published on
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Sherlock Holmes & Philosophy: The Footprints of a Gigantic Mind is a worthwhile document wherein Holmes is dissected from every philosophical angle imaginable. One thing becomes quickly clear, and that is that Holmes is a character that lends himself to this sort of discussion and analysis.

Of the many topics throughout the book, you get the subtext beneath genre distinctions, the nature of identity, the process of deduction and detection, and even a hefty dose of simulacrum and ennui analysis. There's far too much useful information to write this book off as merely a Sherlock Holmes companion piece. Like all the pop culture & philosophy books, the former is used as a guiding point for the latter, and the latter is what's most important.

It functions as an introduction to the character of Holmes, as well as the philosophical topics at hand. Yet, there's plenty for the seasoned philosopher or Holmes aficionado to sink their teeth into. Recommended for multiple use.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Philosophy of The Detective 22 Mar. 2012
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Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy is a fun read for any Holmes fan. The book is part of the Popular Culture and Philosophy series and contains 33 short chapters broken up into 7 categories. The "amateur detectives" authors deal with all sorts of topics about Sherlock Holmes, many of them include discussions of philosophers and theories, including summations of cases. I found the philosophy parts to be easily understandable for a non-philosophy minded person and the examples were helpful to portray aspects of Holmes character and mental processes.

Several of the authors pick their favourite Holmes actor and give supporting evidence, there are chapters on the development of the detective genre, Moriarty, virtual reality, the problem with being bored, and how Holmes adjusted to married life. The book deals with all sorts of Holmesiana: the official Doyle canon, the non-canonical Doyle stories, pastiches, television, theater, and film manifestations (including Star Trek and Japanese), and modern fiction. A lot of ground is covered and many cases are referenced throughout the book. It has a nice index and bibliography at the end.
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I thought I was done with Holmes, until I read this. 22 Oct. 2014
By Mark Luster - Published on
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I've read a couple dozen of these "Philosophy and Pop Culture" books. This is one of the few that made me want to go back to the source material. All too often, the essayists are only familiar with limited exposure to the subject, e.g. having only seen a movie or cartoon. These writers know their Holmes. Sure, like any given volume, not every writer is truly familiar with the source material, relying on movies or TV, but most of the essayists know their stuff, and that makes for a truly enjoyable volume. This book tells you things you might not have known about Sherlock; enough to make you want to read the originals again. Full marks.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
enjoyed 10 Feb. 2012
By Ms. Susan D. Latimer - Published on
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I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The insight from so many different authors enhanced my understanding of why Sherlock Holmes has stood the test of time. Highly recommend
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awesome 12 Feb. 2015
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It is better than I thought it would be and I had high expectations.
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