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ISBN 978-0-8126-9469-7


xviii + 246 pages


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Spoiler Alert!

(It’s a Book about the Philosophy of Spoilers)

Richard Greene

“Be forewarned, Richard Greene’s Spoiler Alert! will reveal a lot about our expectations for being surprised. This book is filled with curiosity and insight into why we don’t want to know the ending even if sometimes we can’t help sharing that ending with others.”

—Jamey Heit, author of Imagination and Meaning in Calvin and Hobbes (2012)

“Amazing no one thought of doing this before! Also amazing it’s done so well! Richard Greene’s fascinating book is the first and only serious analysis of a phenomenon we confront every day.”

— Ray Scott Percival, author of The Myth of the Closed Mind (2012)

Spoiler Alert! takes readers on a philosophical journey through the landscape of spoilers, inviting us to reflect on their relevance regarding ethics, aesthetics, and just being a thoughtful human in an increasingly fast-paced world. Along the way, Greene employs countless examples of spoilers while, of course, providing a spoiler alert for each.”

— Jack Bowen, author of The Dream Weaver: One Boy’s Journey through the Landscape of Reality (2006)

 “Spoilers are divisive and prolific. Spoiler Alert! gives a thorough analysis of the metaphysical nature, social significance, and ethical implications of spoilers. If you want to truly understand the real meaning of spoilers, grab this book before anyone gets a chance to tell you about it!”

— Darci Doll, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Delta College

“When it comes to spoilers, there are many serious things to think about . . . No worries, there’s not enough space here for me to tell you what you can have more fun reading for yourself.”

— Robert Arp, editor of 1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think (2013)

“Would Socrates have said it was just to tell someone who had not seen Psycho that Norman Bates dressed up like his dead mother and killed Marion in the shower? What if the reason you told them was so that they would be less scared or traumatized—are you a good person then? This book takes up all issues related to spoilers and brings them into the sunlight, so like the prisoners in the cave we can ascend to knowledge and truth . . . and the right way to spoil.”

— Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, Sessional Lecturer for Philosophy, Women’s Studies, and Social Justice and Peace Studies at King’s University College (Western)

 Richard Greene is professor of philosophy at Weber State University, Executive Director of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, and co-host of the podcast, I Think Therefore I Fan. He co-edited Westworld and Philosophy: Mind Equals Blown (2019).

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