From the moment the end credits rolled, I knew then (sitting in a darkened theater back in July 2010) that Inception was going to a film that would get audiences talking — and not just because of its ending. It’s a thought-provoking and awe-inspiring film. I didn’t really need to tell you that, I am positive you all agree with me. In fact, I’ve seen (and participated in) the many varied discussions and debates held in our discussion forums attesting to it. These discussions have been taking place in internet forums, living rooms, coffee shops, and emptied out theaters for the past year and a half. Naturally, Inception was a perfect candidate for the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series of books; a collection of publications that dissect and philosophize various popular works of media, from Harry Potter to South Park.
So, what exactly is the book about? Inception And Philosophy: Because It’s Never Just A Dream is a collection of essays that explore the film’s philosophical questions and themes. The book is mostly well-written, and very cleverly edited, using the idea of the ‘Editor’s Totem’ to keep track of ‘the real world’ through the many different viewpoints of the writers. “Did the top fall?” and more importantly, “does it matter if the top fell?” are some of the main questions the book raises. The answers, naturally, aren’t exactly answers. But what the book does provide is an exposure to many classic philosophical arguments and theories that will help you find your own answers. Continue reading