Bob Dylan and Philosophy: It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Thinking)

Bob Dylan and Philosophy: It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Thinking)
The troubadour who has given English more phrases than any poet since Shakespeare has also warned us that "Counterfeit philosophies have polluted all of your thoughts." So, here’s the genuine article: pure philosophy applied to the provocative, mercurial thoughts of Bob Dylan.

If a killer is only a pawn in their game, is he relieved of all moral responsibility? If to live outside the law you must be honest, is freedom more of a burden than conformity? Is it morally defensible to bootleg Dylan recordings?

As well as scrutinizing such philosophical issues raised by Dylan’s poetry, Bob Dylan and Philosophy also probes some puzzles about Dylan’s own life and ideas. Has Dylan’s thinking moved from Enlightenment social protest to postmodernist paralysis? Was Dylan’s born-again experience a break or a continuation in his vision of the world? And who is Dylan when he doesn’t have his Bob Dylan mask on for Halloween? 

ISBN 0-8126-9592-5 

225 pages