Downton Abbey and Philosophy

Downton Abbey and Philosophy by William Irwin Read Free Book Online

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Authors: William Irwin
    From the List of Potential Tutors for the Ladies Mary, Edith, and Sybil
    Joseph J. Darowski completed his PhD in American Studies at Michigan State University and is currently a member of the English faculty at Brigham Young University in Idaho. He has previously published research on comic book superheroes and popular television shows and is the editor of The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times (McFarland, 2012). If he were given free rein at Downton Abbey, it is doubtful that he would ever step foot out of that marvelous library.
    Rebecca Housel , PhD, is visiting faculty at Nazareth College in western New York. Her recent works include Twilight and Philosophy , True Blood and Philosophy , and X-Men and Philosophy . When she isn’t seeking out fanged supernatural superheroes, Housel’s preferred activity is having lurid affairs with Turkish diplomats . . . or, at least, that would be the case if she could somehow manage to manipulate time, space, and reality.
    Alex Nuttall is currently a footman in his lordship’s manor and aspires to be the valet soon. He is working on perfect fork and spoon alignment as well as exceptional tailoring. Although the manor makes use of telephones and automobiles, Mr. Nuttall is quite certain they are a passing fad. He has a master’s degree in philosophy from Purdue University and contributed to Watchmen and Philosophy and Final Fantasy and Philosophy . He concealed these things from the other servants—until he met the cute little housemaid who would set him on the right path.
    Brett Patterson earned his PhD in theology and ethics at the University of Virginia and currently teaches at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. He has published essays analyzing Lost , 24 , Spider-Man, Batman, and Green Lantern. Although he pulled Stephanie into working on Iron Man and Philosophy , this time he must thank her for bringing him into a world populated with such characters as Mr. Bates, Anna, Carson, Mrs. Hughes, the Earl and Countess of Grantham, William and Daisy—may I list all of them?
    Stephanie Patterson studied English, art history, and religion at the University of Virginia and theology at Duke University (North Carolina). She currently works as a pastor for a rural congregation in South Carolina, advocating for the poor and the incarcerated. Stephanie also enjoys working with young people and is especially drawn in by the interests and activities of her small children. She would describe herself as one part Lady Sybil (crusader for justice), one part Mrs. Hughes (keeper of order), and one part Mrs. Patmore (frenetic laborer).
    Mark D. White is chair of the Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, where he teaches courses that combine economics, philosophy, and law. He is the author of Kantian Ethics and Economics: Autonomy, Dignity, and Character (Stanford, 2011) and has edited or coedited books for the present series on Batman, Watchmen , Iron Man, Green Lantern, and the Avengers. He is currently writing a screenplay for a buddy movie starring Carson, the Avengers’ butler Jarvis, and Batman’s butler Alfred. (It’ll be just like the movie Red , but in formal dress.)

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