Johnny Cash and Philosophy : The Burning Ring of Truth


Johnny Cash and Philosophy : The Burning Ring of Truth



Edited by John Huss, David Werther.
Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Gordon Barnes: Guess things happen that way: Johnny Cash and the frailty of human nature.

Johnny Cash contained multitudes. The Man in Black has the most diverse following of any popular musician. He gave a voice to the poor and beaten down, and posed disturbing questions about violence, addiction, love, self-destruction, and meaning. In Johnny Cash and Philosophy, twenty-one philosophers explore the implications of the Johnny Cash myth and the Johnny Cash message. Their investigations uncover the distinctive relevance of Johnny Cash for moral responsibility, social justice, patriotism, romantic love, artistic creativity, class oppression, and individual identity. From the gender confusion of “A Boy Named Sue” to the ethics of "shooting a man just to watch him die,” philosophers who are fans of Johnny Cash explore the meaning and continuing importance of his work and legacy.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, 2008.

x, 268 p. ; 23 cm.

Series: Popular culture and philosophy ; v. 31






Located in Drake Library at:ML420.C265 J66 2008

CONTENTS: Self. Cash value: the authenticity of Johnny Cash / Jesse W. Butler ; Stitches and yarns: the stories of Johnny Cash / Craig Lindahl-Urben and Charles Tallaferro ; The dao and the duality of Johnny Cash / Steven F. Geisz -- Life. Cash and work / Samuel Butler ; Ring of truth: Johnny Cash and populism / Mika LaVaque-Manty and Robert W. Mickey ; Johnny Cash: philosophy as a way of life / Greg Johnson ; Of steel drivers and train whistles: Johnny Cash and Johnny Mill on the good life / M.J. Mulnix -- Love. A line worth walking: June Carter Cash and the power of love / James Sennett ; Guess things happen that way: Johnny Cash and the frailty of human nature / Gordon Barnes ; 'Til things get better: hope and redemption in black / Jacob M. Held ; Cash, Kant, and the kingdom of ends / Yolanda Estes -- Justice. Johnny Cash, prison reform, and capital punishment / David Kyle Johnson and Lance Schmitz ; Inspired anger: closed to the public / Dan Haggerty ; Johnny Cash and justice / John Huss -- God. Resurrection one piece at a time / Randall M. Jensen ; Beer for breakfast: the role of suffering in character formation / Stephen Bilynskyj ; The beast in me: evil in Cash's Christian worldview / Jamie Carlin Watson ; The jagged edge / David Werther.