The Princess Bride is the 1987 satirical adventure movie that had to wait for the Internet and DVDs to become the most quoted of all cult classics. The Princess Bride and Philosophy is for all those who have wondered about the true meaning of Inconceivable!, why the name Roberts uniquely inspires fear, and whether its truly a miracle to restore life to someone who is dead, but not necessarily completely dead. The Princess Bride is filled with people trying to persuade each other of various things, and invites us to examine the best methods of persuasion. Its filled with promises, some kept and some broken, and cries out for philosophical analysis of what makes a promise and why promises should be kept. Its filled with beliefs which go beyond the evidence, and philosophy can help us to decide when such beliefs can be justified. Its filled with political violence, both by and against the recognized government, and therefore raises all the issues of political philosophy. Westley, Buttercup, Prince Humperdinck, Inigo Montoya, the giant Fezzik, and the Sicilian Vizzini keep on re-appearing in these pages, as examples of philosophical ideas. Is it right for Montoya to kill the six-fingered man, even though there is no money in the revenge business? Whats the best way to deceive someone who knows youre trying to deceive him? Are good manners a kind of moral virtue? Could the actions of the masked man in black truly be inconceivable even though real? What does ethics have to say about Miracle Maxs pricing policy? How many shades of meaning can be conveyed by As You Wish?
Princess Bride and Philosophy