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Description - Philosophy Through Science Fiction by Ryan Nichols

Philosophical investigation at its best shares some of the goals and methods of good science fiction. At the root of both of these disciplines is a belief in the richness of the human mind, a desire for theoretical explanation, and enjoyment through rational reflection. "Philosophy Through Science Fiction" offers a fun, challenging, and accessible way in to the issues of philosophy through the genre of science fiction. Tackling problems such as the possibility of time travel, or what makes someone the same person over time, the authors take a four-pronged approach to each issue, providing * a clear and concise introduction to each subject by the authors * a science fiction story that exemplifies a feature of the philosophical discussion * historical and contemporary philosophical texts that investigate the issue with rigor, and * pedagogical features including a glossary, plot profiles of pertinent science fiction stories and films, and questions for further reflection. "Philosophy Through Science Fiction" includes stories from leading new science fiction writers including Greg Egan and Mike Resnick, as well as from world renown authors like Philip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein.Philosophy readings in this book include historical pieces Rene Descartes and David Hume, and include contemporary pieces by John Searle and Mary Midgley.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415957564
ISBN-10: 0415957567
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 434
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ryan Nichols

Lewis & Clark College Bowling Green State University