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The Ethics of Star Trekby Judith Barad
Synopses & Reviews
For Trekkies everywhere, a fascinating look at the philosophy of Star Trek, from Kirk and Spock to Janeway and Seven of Nine
For four decades, Star Trek has been the obsession of millions of fans. But real Trekkies know that the show is more than just riveting entertainment. Its complex moral dilemmas present a view of the future that holds important truths for us in the present. Drawing on episodes from all four Star Trek generations, this unique book explores the ethics of the series in relation to the theories of the world's great philosophers. Questions about good and evil, right and wrong, power and corruption are discussed in language that,is both readable and compelling as the authors show, how the program has evolved over the years to address society's changing values. For this century and beyond, The Ethics of "Star Trek" is an intriguing look at a brilliantly imagined-world and what it can teach us about how to live.
A professor of philosophy examines the ethical issues of the twenty-fourth-century universe depicted in the "Star Trek" movies and television shows as seen through the eyes of the world's great philosophers.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -358) and index.
About the Author
Judith Barad, Ph.D., is chairperson and professor of philosophy at indiana State University, where she teaches ethics courses and acourse on the philosophy of Star Trek. She is the author of several scholarly articles as well as two books. A Chicago native, she shares her Terre Haute, Indiana, home with her husband, daughter, and grandson.Ed Robertson writes extensively about popular culture. He has written three books on classic television and has appeared on more than sixty-five radio and television shows as an expert guest in this area. He lives in San Francisco.
Table of Contents
Pt. 1. Beginning the ethical enterprise — Pt. 2. Ancient Greek and Roman morality in the Star Trek future — Pt. 3. Christianity and contracts — Pt. 4. When duty calls — Pt. 5. Receptacles, responsibility, and reconciliation.
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