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Popular Culture and Philosophy #55: Doctor Who and Philosophyby Courtland G. Lewis
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Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television series in the world and is regularly watched by millions of people across the globe. While its scores of fans adore the show with cult-like devotion, the fan-contributors to this book argue that there is an uncharted dimension to Doctor Who. Bringing together diverse perspectives on race and its representation in Doctor Who, this anthology offers new understandings of the cultural significance of race in the programme - how the shows representations of racial diversity, colonialism, nationalism and racism affect our daily lives and change the way we relate to each other.
An accessible introduction to critical race theory, postcolonial studies and other race-related academic fields, the 23 contributors deftly combine examples of the popular cultural icon and personal reflections to provide an analysis that is at once approachable but also filled with the intellectual rigor of academic critique.
Book News Annotation:
Part of a series discussing philosophy and modern culture, this collection of essays explores the world of British science fiction television character, Dr. Who, through a philosopher's eye. The text is divided into six "episodes" each exploring different perspectives of a broad topic e.g. ethics, or empathy, and includes such essays as "The Ethics of the Last Time Lords" and "Should the Daleks be Exterminated?". Contributors are philosophy professors, PhD candidates, and Dr. Who fans. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In Doctor Who and Philosophy, a team of mostly human philosophers (who are also fans) looks at the deeper issues raised by the Doctor's mind-blowing adventures. They discuss, among other topics, the Doctor's philosophy of science, the ethics of a universe with millions of intelligent species, what makes one life-form more important than another, whether time travelers can change history, and how the Doctor Who TV show is changing the world we live in. The chapters draw freely on both the classic series (19631989) and the new series. The book includes a collection of entertaining and insightful quotes from Doctor Who plus a complete list of episodes and companions.
About the Author
Lindy Orthia teaches at Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University.
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