Bibliographic Details

Ontological humility : Lord Voldemort and the philosophers / Nancy J. Holland.

Author / Creator Holland, Nancy J. (Nancy Jean)
Imprint Albany, NY : SUNY Press, c2013.
Description ix, 155 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Language English
Subject Rowling, J. K. -- Criticism and interpretation.
Rowling, J. K.
Humility.
Knowledge, Theory of.
Ontology.
Postmodernism.
Humility.
Knowledge, Theory of.
Ontology.
Postmodernism.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/9103906
ISBN 9781438445502 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1438445504 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781438445496 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1438445490 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

The Harry Potter saga has been previously mined for philosophical significance in Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts (2004), edited by David Baggett and Shawn Klein; and in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy (2010), edited by Gregory Bassham. Holland (Hamline Univ.) looks for additional nuggets from the same mother lode, a search only partially successful. The phrase "ontological humility" derives from Heidegger's notion of the givenness of being, which the author sees as comparable to the givenness of magic in the Harry Potter realm. Here is her fuller definition: "Ontological humility ... is humility in the face of the unknowable whatever that is responsible for the fact that we exist, and that also explains how and why we exist." In contrast to humility is the arrogance of Voldemort and his ilk. The book's audience is unclear. The author takes pains to define terms that any student who has taken an introductory philosophy course would already know. But her analysis ranges over difficult thinkers in recent philosophy, such as Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, and Derrida, as well as postmodernism and contemporary feminist philosophy. Not a book for philosophical beginners, this volume will be of most interest to those studying feminist thought. Summing Up: Optional. Graduate students and professionals/practitioners. D. Stewart emeritus, Ohio University

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