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Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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From the Back Cover
The same restless and relentless spirit of exploration that propels the voyages of the starship Enterprise is also the driving force of philosophical wonder throughout human history. Star Trek and philosophy share the same prime directive: testing ideas from our past and present to progressively improve our future.
In Star Trek and Philosophy, twenty-one professional philosophers put their brains into warp drive to probe the limits of the limitless, expanding our knowledge of the furthest reaches of thought while also delving deep into the human essence.
A philosophical feast for Trekkies and other sci-fi fans. One of the things that makes Star Trek so exciting is the philosophical angle it has often presented. Reading this terrific book will prolong and deepen that excitement.”
Jorge J. E. Gracia, editor of Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy
Playful, subtle, and rich with cultural referencesbut actively create it. As well as beaming up famous philosophers like Kant and Nietzsche, this wonderful book plunges us into recent philosophical discussions, some of which have arisen in the wake of the accelerated technological developments of the past fifty years.”
Margret Grebowicz, editor of SciFi in the Mind's Eye
Boldly going where so many have gone before, these twenty-one philosophers manage to do the impossible: they find new ways to talk about this most talked about of TV franchises.”
James B. South, editor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy
Star Trek in all its incarnations remains one of the most philosophically fascinating TV and movie epics. Star Trek and Philosophy appeals to both philosophers and fans.”
Richard Hanley, author of Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek
Top Customer Reviews
To be frank, if you do not have at least some basic philosophy education, you may become lost or bored with this volume. Believe it or not, this is actually a serious academic approach to philosophical issues relating to Star Trek themes.
Most of the major Earth philosophers and their basic premises are explored to some degree in this book. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Bacon, Nietzsche, Buddha, Descartes, Hume, Hegel, James, Kant, Mill, Spinoza and many other philosophers and thinkers are mentioned in this book.
This text is organized into four sections. There are a total of 18 chapters. The first section deals with seeking out new ideas: Major philosophical themes in Star Trek. The second section explores Go Boldly, yet morally and federation ethics. The third section covers Social and religious values of the future. The final section grapples with multiple enterprises and metaphysical conundrums from A to E. Each chapter has a different writer with backgrounds in philosophy. I did not agree with some of the conclusions these writers came to when evaluating a specific subject area; nevertheless, if you are a Star Trek fan who also loves philosophy, you will want to read this book.
Rating: 4 Stars Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Season of the Warrior: A Poetic Tribute to Warriors)
Other areas of the book offer us a look at logical thought and humanity's ability to be illogical when necessary, referencing the several instances when Kirk was able to shut down computer systems through illogical semantic games. It also examines omnipotent power and whether or not such power is desirable for an evolving species. There is also a very good, thought-provoking examination of transporter mishaps, resulting in a questioning of what actually constitutes the self. Considering that this is a Star Trek book, you'll also find debates on genetic manipulation and the morality of scientific discoveries.
Many books that look into the themes of pop culture can result in shallow attempts at explaining high concepts. This book is not one of them. The depth of philosophical debate coupled with the smooth transition into examples from Star Trek creates a quality read that exercises both the imagination and the intellect.
The book is a lot of fun and highlights how suprisingly deep the writers of star trek has been over the years.
Borg vs Individualism.
Revenge vs Justice
Cloning and ethics and so much more.
HAVING BEEN A TREKKIE SINCE 1966 I enjoy any book that allows people to learn more about the ethics and history of the episodes of Star Trek. It never was nor is just a "mindless" adventure into space but an intelligent expose of many cultural and historical events redisguised into future events. It has taught me to be inquisitive , purdue the historical references, and adhere to to the etnics llong abandoned by much of society today. This book gives one pause to look back on each episode . Especially the Original Trek and Next Generation which were written under the auspices of GENE RODENBERRY
-Specific references to a lot of episodes of all of the series from the original through the most recent.
-Specific references to the philosophy of several famous philosophers.
-Covered topics I have pondered upon, such as why we want to live in the Federation
-Managed to work in a couple of the humorous Ferengi laws of acquisition
What kept me from giving it 5:
-Could have been a little more entertaining, there were some dry patches - I actually enjoyed an audio tape of the Ferengi rules of Acquisition more from an entertainment perspective
-Perhaps taken a less of a classical philosophy view on why people like Star Trek and instead branched out to suggest some more revolutionary ideas on why we like it so much - kind of like the movie Trekkies started to get into
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes, this is a serious philosophy text although it is more of a supplemental text for a survey course than a primary text. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gregory Alan Wingo
I brought this as a birthday present for one of my best friends and he loves it. I will need to get my own copy of this remarkable book.Published on December 17, 2013 by Alexander Tonks
This book will appeal to the die hard loyal fans of the original television series. Any anecdotal information on the greatest science fiction show ever produced is greatly... Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Gregory K. Tobkes