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The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates

av Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl (Redaktör)

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Reunites the editors of Star Trek and Philosophy with Starfleet's finest experts for 31 new, highly logical essays Features a complete examination of the Star Trek universe, from the original series to the most recent films directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Introduces important concepts in philosophy through the vast array of provocative issues raised by the series, such as the ethics of the Prime Directive, Star Trek's philosophy of peace, Data and Voyager's Doctor as persons, moral relativism and the Federation's quest for liberation, the effect of alternate universes on reality and identity, the Borg as transhumanists, Federation Trekonomics, Star Trek's secular society, and much, much more...! An enterprising and enlightening voyage into deep space that will appeal to hardcore fans and science fiction enthusiasts alike Publishing in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the original TV series… (mer)
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Star Trek is a series and overall franchise that I have heard of but never got the opportunity to get into. Here is my situation with this. When I was a child, I was more of a Star Wars(SW) kid, since it was easier to understand and had a lower barrier of entry. Allow me to explain. When I was a child, the prequel movies had not come out yet, so there were only three SW movies. Now that I am older, I regret not getting into ST, but at the same time, I don’t know where to begin. Do I start with The Original Series with Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, and so on? Do I begin with The Next Generation series with Captain Picard, Data, Q, and all of them? There are three other mainline series as well, with Voyager, Deep Space 9, and Enterprise. Now I know Enterprise is a prequel to the original series, but I also heard it wasn’t as good. I also don’t perceive myself as having the time to watch that many shows. Don’t even get me started on the movies. In any case, that is my position on ST.

This book is a fusion of philosophy and popular culture, taking the themes from a series, in this case, it is Star Trek, and applying philosophy to the stories. ST is a fertile field of study for this as I am now being made aware. All of the series have their Captains and some way to push the envelope and make discussions happen. With the Original Series, if I remember correctly, some executives chided Gene Roddenberry because they didn’t think a woman would be able to become an officer on a futuristic space ship. A lot of the episodes were open-ended in the sense that there wasn’t a clearly correct answer. It deals with moral quandaries that go deeper than good and evil; there are shades of gray. This can be explored really well since Science Fiction allows for a large cast of human-like characters that have different philosophies and ideals. Take the Borg for instance. The reason why they are perceived as evil is that they take away the autonomy of an individual. They are a cyborg entity that exists to assimilate all life and technology on the road to perfection. This allows for some good episodes.

In any case, the book is really good and introduced me to a number of things through Star Trek. The book has 31 essays divided among five main sections. The sections are organized according to a theme. There isn’t really much else to say about it. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
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Reunites the editors of Star Trek and Philosophy with Starfleet's finest experts for 31 new, highly logical essays Features a complete examination of the Star Trek universe, from the original series to the most recent films directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Introduces important concepts in philosophy through the vast array of provocative issues raised by the series, such as the ethics of the Prime Directive, Star Trek's philosophy of peace, Data and Voyager's Doctor as persons, moral relativism and the Federation's quest for liberation, the effect of alternate universes on reality and identity, the Borg as transhumanists, Federation Trekonomics, Star Trek's secular society, and much, much more...! An enterprising and enlightening voyage into deep space that will appeal to hardcore fans and science fiction enthusiasts alike Publishing in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the original TV series

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