Philosophy According to Squid Game

Original title: La Philosophie selon Squid Game

Author: Dhilly, Olivier

Publication Date:

April 2022

Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Genres

Philosophy, Popular Culture

Philosophy According to Squid Game

Original title: La Philosophie selon Squid Game

Author: Dhilly, Olivier

Synopsis

We live in the world of Squid Game. — Hwang Dong-Hyuk

Squid Game is a phenomenon. A tangy and ultra-violent universe. A “democracy” that accepts servitude, cruelty, violence and death. Squid Game asks us, through the episodes and the trials experienced by the characters, a host of questions about our values, the price of human existence, legitimate violence, injustice suffered or committed, gambling, freedom, equity…. Much more than just entertainment, Squid Game is a great philosophical question box!

What value can be given to human existence? How can it be trusted? Can democracy lead to servitude? Is capitalism the worst of systems? Can humanity resist death? Is friendship soluble in violence? Can morality end up accepting everything? Is justice equality? Is gambling always a decoy?

With the help of Rousseau, Kant, Montaigne, Nietzsche, Hobbs… Let’s try to answer all these philosophical questions (and many others) posed by Squid Game.

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