Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter
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Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter

What explains the huge popular following for Dexter, currently the most-watched show on cable, which sympathetically depicts a serial killer driven by a cruel compulsion to brutally slay one victim after another?
Although Dexter Morgan kills only killers, he is not a vigilante animated by a sense of justice but a charming psychopath animated by a lust to kill, ritualistically and bloodily. However his gory appetite is controlled by “Harry’s Code,” which limits his victims to those who have gotten away with murder, and his job as a blood spatter expert for the Miami police department gives him the inside track on just who those legitimate targets may be.
In Dexter and Philosophy, an elite team of philosophers don their rubber gloves and put Dexter’s deeds under the microscope. Since Dexter is driven to ritual murder by his “Dark Passenger,” can he be blamed for killing, especially as he only murders other murderers? Does Dexter fit the profile of the familiar fictional type of the superhero? What part does luck play in making Dexter who he is? How and why are horror and disgust turned into aesthetic pleasure for the TV viewer? How essential is Dexter’s emotional coldness to his lust for slicing people up? Are Dexter’s lies and deceptions any worse than the lies and deceptions of the non-criminals around him? Why does Dexter long to be a normal human being and why can’t he accomplish this apparently simple goal?

Title:Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:293 pages

    Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter Reviews

  • Michael Feehly
    Jul 30, 2012

    Can you really write an entire book of pop philosophy about Dexter? Apparently, so. A bit dry and boring, unless you daydream of Dexter. The discussions were repetitive; there are only so many times I...

  • Kayla Perry
    Nov 26, 2011

    In general, I liked it. It should definitely not be read if you have not already seen Seasons 1-5 as it will spoil a great many things (and it doesn't warn you either). Thankfully, I'm very current on...

  • Jeremy David
    Aug 29, 2014

    This is more of a collector's item than a good read. I feel like someone is explaining the most obvious things to me. Not that interesting but 20 years from now maybe it'll be worth my time....

  • Joshua Finnell
    Apr 29, 2011

    Library Journal Review:If I identify with a serial killer, what does that say about me? Every fan of Dexter has pondered this rather complex philosophical question. In this latest volume in the "Popul...

  • Steve Walker
    Nov 20, 2013

    Somewhat interesting collection of philosophical essays addressing our fascination and love for this television series featuring a serial killer, Dexter Morgan, as the central figure. Why do we like D...

  • David
    Oct 20, 2011

    Is Dexter an angel of justice, a tortured victim of a trauma from childhood, an amoral psychopath or a tragic superhero? This is one of the many questions philosophers around the country cover in this...

  • Tanya
    Aug 05, 2014

    I am a big fan of this series of books and a big fan of Dexter, so it's hard not to like a book. The only slightly down-side to this one is that pretty much all philosophical discussions surrounding D...

  • Aspasia
    Aug 15, 2012

    A book of multiple essays about America's favorite TV killer. Essays delve into the philosophical and psychological aspect of the show and some of the essays will blow your mind and make your head spi...