The book covers much more ground than is typically traveled in Ethics 101 courses. In the first of five sections, Barad and Robertson deal with the importance of religion and culture, as well as logic, in ethical reasoning. They go on to successively tackle virtue ethics, hedonism, Stoicism, Christian ethics, social contract theory, duty ethics, utilitarianism, and existential ethics--all in reference to the moral dilemmas enlivened by Star Trek. And while the topics' treatments are somewhat cursory, they are written with a conversational prose that beckons the reader to further study. Perhaps Jean-Luc Picard puts it best in the book's epigraph, "There is no greater challenge than the study of philosophy." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The tone of the writing is always fresh and conversational, without oversimplifying the topic.
Warning, it is about ethical theory, and not about modern issues (ie. abortion, religion, homosexuality, etc.)
Barad does an excellent job in demonstrating how well Star Trek can be used to illustrate ethics.
Took a class called Anthropology of Star Trek. This was the 'textbook' for the class. Also have taken other classes from the same instructor.Published 9 months ago by Mike
This is a wonderful introduction to and a sampling of several schools of philosophical thought and ethical behavior. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Scott Volz
The 1995 book, The Physics of Star Trek, started the trend of using the four Star Trek series as a springboard for discussing an academic topic. Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by John Nordin
I will make this short and sweet. I was one of Dr. Barad's students when this first came out. It was a required text for her course "The Philosophy of Star Trek" at Indiana State... Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by J. Curry
This is my second purchase of the book because I made the awful mistake of loaning it to someone who wouldn't give it back. Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Charmaine Armatas
I found this book to a fun read because I have seen all of the episodes it discusses. If one has not seen all of the episodes used to make philosophical points I would imagine the... Read morePublished on September 10, 2004 by Frank S. Capwell
Plot summary does not equal analysis. This book falls into the trap of using plot summary to pad an otherwise shallow and poorly thought out book. Read morePublished on July 16, 2004 by Sarah Sammis
This book takes various ethical theories, and then discusses Trek episodes which seem to support that theory. Read morePublished on March 10, 2003 by "firstname.lastname@example.org"
I enjoyed this book because I didn't take it too seriously. It provides a fun way to pass a few hours while reading about the ethical nature of decisions made by a variety of Star... Read morePublished on January 22, 2003