Arguably the most famous and recognized detective in history, Sherlock Holmes is considered by many to be the first pop icon of the modern age. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective has stood as a unique figure for more than a century with his reliance on logical rigor, his analytic precision, and his disregard of social mores. A true classic, the Sherlock Holmes character continues to entertain twenty-first-century audiences on the page, stage, and screen.
In The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes, a team of leading scholars use the beloved character as a window into the quandaries of existence, from questions of reality to the search for knowledge. The essays explore the sleuth's role in revealing some of the world's most fundamental philosophical issues, discussing subjects such as the nature of deception, the lessons enemies can teach us, Holmes's own potential for criminality, and the detective's unique but effective style of inductive reasoning. Emphasizing the philosophical debates raised by generations of devoted fans, this intriguing volume will be of interest to philosophers and Holmes enthusiasts alike.
Sherlock Holmes as Epistemologist
Not the Crime, But the Man: Sherlock Holmes and Charles Augustus Milverton
The Industrious Sherlock Holmes
A Case of Insincerity: What Does it Mean to Deceive Someone
Sherlock's Reasoning Toolbox
Watsons, Adlers, Lestrades, and Moriarties: On the Nature of Friends and Enemies
Eliminating the Impossible: Sherlock Holmes and the Supernatural
Was it Morally Wrong to Kill Off Sherlock Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes: Artist of Reason
Sherlock Holmes and the Ethics of Hyper-Specialization
Passionate Objectivity in Sherlock Holmes
The Dog that Did Not Bark: Understanding and Evaluating Arguments from Silence
Aristotle on Detective Fiction
The Grim Reaper on Baker Street
""This is an engaging collection that plumbs the intellectual, philosophical, and cultural mysteries of Conan Doyle's most beloved character. It is a work that Holmes himself would have admired." -- Thomas Fahy, editor of The Philosophy of Horror" --
""The contributors offer insightful and interesting thoughts about the philosophy present in Holmes literature. The contributors unravel some of the mysteries which surround life's big questions as they take the reader on an intellectual adventure with Holmes, Watson, and classic and contemporary philosophers." -- Michael W. Austin, coeditor of The Olympics and Philosophy" --
"" The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes manages to be both elegantly erudite and consistently entertaining. [The book] would make a fine companion in front of a crackling fire on a rainy night."" -- E. J. Wagner, author of the Edgar-winning The Science of Sherlock Holmes
""Sherlock Holmes is an intellectual hero for many philosophers: his untangling of seemingly intractable problems by sheer force of reason is an inspiration to professional and amateur thinkers alike. Indeed, understanding how reason has such force is one of philosophy's major goals, as the contributors to this collection ably demonstrate. As one wrangles over the philosophical debates broached in this volume there is much to send one back to those stories with renewed anticipation."--Andrew Aberdein, Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Communication at Florida Institute of Technology" --