Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone

Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone

Editor(s): S. Waller

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010 11:09AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781405199636

Online ISBN: 9781444324587

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324587

Series Editor(s): Fritz Allhoff

About this Book

Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone investigates our profound intrigue with mass-murderers. Exploring existential, ethical and political questions through an examination of real and fictional serial killers, philosophy comes alive via an exploration of grisly death.

  • Presents new philosophical theories about serial killing, and relates new research in cognitive science to the minds of serial killers
  • Includes a philosophical look at real serial killers such as Ian Brady, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer and the Zodiac killer, as well as fictional serial killers such as Dexter and Hannibal Lecter
  • Offers a new phenomenological examination of the writings of the Zodiac Killer
  • Contains an account of the disappearance of one of Ted Bundy's victims submitted by the organization Families and Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims
  • Integrates the insights of philosophers, academics, crime writers and police officers

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: I Think Therefore I Kill - The Philosophical Musings of Serial Killers

  2. Part II: Can You Blame Them? Ethics, Evil, and Serial Killing

  3. Part IV: A Eulogy for Emotion - The Lack of Empathy and the Urge to Kill

  4. Part V: Creepy Cognition - Talking and Thinking about Serial Killers

  5. Part VI: Psycho-Ology - Killer Mindsets and Meditations on Murder

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