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Top 40 Philosophy: Volume 1 — Contents

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Top 40 Philosophy: Volume 1 is out! Download it here.

Here are the contents:

INTRODUCTION

1

Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

Epistemology (Saying vs. Seeing)

2

Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Value Theory (Human Perfection & Desire)

3

Maroon 5, “Animals”

Ontology (Human Nature vs. Animal Nature)

4

Bobby Shmurda, “Hot *****”

Ethics (Virtue & Friendship)

5

DJ Khaled, “I’ll Hold You Down”

Epistemology (Suspension of Disbelief)

6

Tove Lo, “Habits (Stay High)”

Ethics (Happiness & Virtue)

7

Foo Fighters, “My Hero”

Ethics (Heroes & Praise)

8

Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Ontology & Epistemology (Do Emotions Reveal Reality?)

9

Boston, “More Than a Feeling”

Epistemology & Ontology (Is Reality Emotional?)

10

Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

Value Theory (Pain, Pleasure, & Value)

11

Hozier, “Take Me to Church”

Ontology (The Good vs. The True)

12

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”

Epistemology (Intersubjectivity)

13

Dido, “Thank You”

Ontology (Wholes vs. Heaps)

14

Ludacris, “Roll Out”

Ethics (Money & Power)

15

The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”

The Mind–Body Problem of Other Minds

16

The Beatles, “She Loves You”

Epistemology (Authority, Science, & Religion)

17

The Beatles, “Can’t Buy Me Love”

Essence: Are Things Their Origin, Their Current State, or Their End?

18

The Beatles, “Love Me Do”

Ethics = Epistemology & Ontology?: Love = Truth = Faith(fullness)

19

The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night”

Ontology (Art, Imagination, & Possibility)

20

The Beatles, “I Feel Fine”

Ontology (Belonging, Ownership, & Mereology)

21

Pentatonix, “Mary, Did You Know?”

Where Are Notes, Emotions, & Reason in the Body?

22

Idina Menzel, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Possible Worlds, Intersubjectivity, & Speech Acts

23

Michael Bublé, “Silent Night”

Political Theory (Who Should Get to Rule?)

24

Darius Rucker, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Ontology (The Ship of Theseus)

25

Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song”

Value Theory (Is “Kids’ Stuff” Worse?)

26

The Foo Fighters, “Something from Nothing”

Ontology & Cosmogony

27

Five Finger Death Punch, “Wrong Side of Heaven”

Value Theory (Is Neutral 50% Bad + 50% Good?)

28

Royal Blood, “Figure It Out”

Ontology (A Refutation of Idealism)

29

Seether, “Same **** Life”

Ontology (Specific Identity, Heaps, & Deconstruction)

30

Three Days Grace, “I Am Machine”

Ontology (Quality from Quantity, Content from Form)

31

Burl Ives, “Holly Jolly Christmas”

Language Games & Speech Acts

32

Charlie Brown’s “Christmas Time Is Here” vs.

The Muppets’ “It Feels Like Christmas”

The Ontology of “Atmospheres” & “Seasons”

33

Dr. Seuss & Sixpence, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

Ethics (Can Vice Be Cured?)

34

Jars of Clay, “Little Drummer Boy”

Epistemology & Philosophy of Mind (The Five Love Languages)

35

Coolio (ft. L.V.), “Gangsta’s Paradise”

Nature vs. Nurture & Social Ontology

36

Green Day, “When I Come Around”

Weakness of Will (Socrates, Aristotle, & St. Paul)

37

TLC, “Waterfalls”

Ethics (Contra Coolio, Nurture Is the Cure)

38

Live, “Lightning Crashes”

Thrownness & Agency in a Social World

39

Notorious B.I.G., “Big Poppa/Warning”

Greed & Violence according to Plato, Marx, & Biggie

40

Better than Ezra, “Good”

Can You Reject a Finite Good & Still Think It Good?

41

TLC, “Creep”

Can You Accept Something Bad & Still Think It Bad?

Conclusion

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