Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun

Teaching Philosophy 23 (3):255-268 (2000)
Rarely do Introduction to Philosophy textbooks connect, in any thoroughgoing way, the study of philosophy with examples from literature. While contemporary analytic thinkers often tie literary works to philosophical themes and some serious philosophers have written works of literature, these two ways of linking literature to philosophy face significant pedagogical disadvantages. Another tack is to choose a literary work written by a novelist that has implications for philosophical subjects. This paper describes just such a strategy, namely by supplementing traditional materials for an Introduction to Philosophy course with Daniel Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun.”
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