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Philosophy and the Case of the Real Thing, Again

Posted on | January 17, 2012

The Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies is enthusing about Joe Steiff’s edition of Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy. In fact, the book should be part of the Conan Doyle canon itself.  The book

resembles Conan Doyle’s writings in composition, structure, style, form, wit and humor. …  The greatest contribution of Josef Steiff’s book is that it brings together philosophy and culture/cultural theories, plus literature/literary theories … to give meanings to 21st century knowledge, life and reality.

The full review is here.

Popmatters.com agrees:

It seems fitting that a book dedicated to Sherlock Holmes should focus on questions, or perhaps a better way of looking at it: many chapters solve their own mini-mysteries.

Catherine Ramsdell gives the book an impressive 7/10. The Times Literary Supplement nods to the book’s explanation of why “the celebrated sleuth is ‘like a good hip-hop song’,” while a reviewer at  Amazon.com says the volume contains “far too much useful information to write this book off as merely a Sherlock Holmes companion piece.” Another singles out two essays, one in which Holmes and Watson’s relationship is “masterfully developed . . . in light of Aristotle’s philosophy on friendship” and another which finds “the West’s claim of valuing truth and knowledge stand[ing] in stark contrast to its history of the persecution and murder of heretics.”

 

 

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