The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film

Author: Steven Sanders
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813172810
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 240
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The science fiction genre maintains a remarkable hold on the imagination and enthusiasm of the filmgoing public, captivating large audiences worldwide and garnering ever-larger profits. Science fiction films entertain the possibility of time travel and extraterrestrial visitation and imaginatively transport us to worlds transformed by modern science and technology. They also provide a medium through which questions about personal identity, moral agency, artificial consciousness, and other categories of experience can be addressed. In The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film, distinguished authors explore the storylines, conflicts, and themes of fifteen science fiction film classics, from Metropolis to The Matrix. Editor Steven M. Sanders and a group of outstanding scholars in philosophy, film studies, and other fields raise science fiction film criticism to a new level by penetrating the surface of the films to expose the underlying philosophical arguments, ethical perspectives, and metaphysical views. Sanders’s introduction presents an overview and evaluation of each essay and poses questions for readers to consider as they think about the films under discussion.The first section, “Enigmas of Identity and Agency,” deals with the nature of humanity as it is portrayed in Blade Runner, Dark City, Frankenstein, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Total Recall. In the second section, “Extraterrestrial Visitation, Time Travel, and Artificial Intelligence,” contributors discuss 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator, 12 Monkeys, and The Day the Earth Stood Still and analyze the challenges of artificial intelligence, the paradoxes of time travel, and the ethics of war. The final section, “Brave Newer World: Science Fiction Futurism,” looks at visions of the future in Metropolis, The Matrix, Alphaville, and screen adaptations of George Orwell’s 1984.

The Philosophy of Science Fiction

Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick
Author: James Edward Burton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474227678
Category: Philosophy
Page: 256
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The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick explores the deep affinity between two seemingly quite different thinkers, in their attempts to address the need for salvation in (and from) an era of accelerated mechanization, in which humans' capacity for destroying or subjugating the living has attained a planetary scale. The philosopher and the science fiction writer come together to meet the contradictory imperatives of a realist outlook-a task which, arguably, philosophy and science fiction could only ever adequately undertake in collaboration. Their respective approaches meet in a focus on the ambiguous status of fictionalizing, or fabulation, as simultaneously one of mechanization's most devastating tools, and the possibility of its undoing. When they are read together, the complexities and paradoxes thrown up by this ambiguity, with which both Bergson and Dick struggle on their own, open up new ways to navigate ideas of mechanism and mysticism, immanence and transcendence, and the possibility and meaning of salvation. The result is at once an original reading of both thinkers, a new critical theory of the socio–cultural, political and ethical function of fictionalizing, and a case study in the strange affinity, at times the uncanny similarity, between philosophy and science fiction.

Endangering Science Fiction Film

Author: Sean Redmond,Leon Marvell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317646525
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 290
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Endangering Science Fiction Film explores the ways in which science fiction film is a dangerous and endangering genre. The collection argues that science fiction's cinematic power rests in its ability to imagine ‘Other’ worlds that challenge and disturb the lived conditions of the ‘real’ world, as it is presently known to us. From classic films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris to modern blockbusters including World War Z and Gravity, and directors from David Cronenberg to Alfonso Cuarón, contributors comment on the way science fiction film engages with dangerous encounters, liminal experiences, sublime aesthetics, and untethers space and time to question the very nature of human existence. With the analysis of a diverse range of films from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Endangering Science Fiction Film offers a uniquely interdisciplinary view of the evolving and dangerous sentiments and sensibility of this genre.

Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man

Finding C. S. Lewis in Sci-Fi Film and Television
Author: Mark J. Boone,Kevin C. Neece
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498232353
Category: Religion
Page: 356
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The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis's masterpiece in ethics and the philosophy of science, warns of the danger of combining modern moral skepticism with the technological pursuit of human desires. The end result is the final destruction of human nature. From Brave New World to Star Trek, from steampunk to starships, science fiction film has considered from nearly every conceivable angle the same nexus of morality, technology, and humanity of which C. S. Lewis wrote. As a result, science fiction film has unintentionally given us stunning depictions of Lewis's terrifying vision of the future. In Science Fiction Film and the Abolition of Man, scholars of religion, philosophy, literature, and film explore the connections between sci-fi film and the three parts of Lewis's book: how sci-fi portrays "Men without Chests" incapable of responding properly to moral good, how it teaches the Tao or "The Way," and how it portrays "The Abolition of Man."

Politics in Popular Movies

Rhetorical Takes on Horror, War, Thriller, and Sci-Fi Films
Author: John S. Nelson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317253973
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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Popular movies can be surprisingly smart about politics - from the portentous politics of state or war, to the grassroots, everyday politics of family, romance, business, church and school. Politics in Popular Movies analyses the politics in many well-known films across four popular genres: horror, war, thriller and science fiction. The book's aims are to appreciate specific movies and their shared forms, to understand their political engagements and to provoke some insightful conversations. The means are loosely related 'film takes' that venture ambitious, playful and engaging arguments on political styles encouraged by recent films. Politics in Popular Movies shows how conspiracy films expose oppressive systems; it explores how various thrillers prefigured American experiences of 9/11 and shaped aspects of the War on Terror; how some horror films embrace new media, while others use ultra-violence to spur political action; it argues that a popular genre is emerging to examine non-linear politics of globalisation, terrorism and more. Finally it analyses the ways in which sci-fi movies reflect populist politics from the Occupy and Tea Party movements, rethink the political foundations of current societies and even remake our cultural images of the future.

Kunst als menschliche Praxis

Eine Ästhetik
Author: Georg W. Bertram
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518733974
Category: Philosophy
Page: 225
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In der Theorie und Philosophie der Kunst wird gemeinhin die Differenz der Kunst zu anderen menschlichen Praktiken betont. Dies führt dazu, dass weder die Pluralität der Künste noch die Relevanz der Kunst im Rahmen der menschlichen Lebensform hinreichend verständlich werden. Georg W. Bertram plädiert aus diesem Grund für einen Neuansatz in der Bestimmung von Kunst und verteidigt die These, dass in der Auseinandersetzung mit Kunstwerken unterschiedliche Bestimmungen der menschlichen Praxis neu ausgehandelt werden. In diesem Sinne ist Kunst eine hochproduktive reflexive Praxis im Rahmen des menschlichen Weltverhältnisses. Mehr noch: Kunst ist eine Praxis der Freiheit.

Der Wüstenplanet

Author: Frank Herbert
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641139570
Category: Fiction
Page: 880
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Wer das Gewürz kontrolliert, kontrolliert die Galaxis Herzo Leto, Oberhaupt des Huses Atreides, erhält Arrkis zum Lehen, den Wüstenplaneten, eine lebensfeindliche und doch begehrte Welt, denn unter dem Sand liegt das Gewürz. Diese Droge, die man auf Arrakis im großen Stil abbaut, verleiht Menschen die Gabe, in die Zukunft zu sehen, und bildet damit die Grundlage der interstellaren Raumfahrt. Als Letos Armee in einen tödlichen Hinterhalt gerät und der Herzog fällt, flieht sein Sohn Paul in die Wüste und taucht bei Arrakis‘ Ureinwohnern, den Fremen, unter. Diese erkennen in ihm den lange vorhergesagten Messias, und Paul rüstet sich zu einem gnadenlosen Rachefeldzug ...

The Philosophy of The X-Files

Author: Dean A. Kowalski
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813139058
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 314
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In The Philosophy of The X-Files, Dean A. Kowalski has gathered a remarkable cast of contributors to shed light on the philosophical mysteries of the television show The X-Files. With sections devoted to the show's credos, such as "The Truth Is Out There," individual characters, and specific episodes, The Philosophy of The X-Files illuminates the philosophical assumptions and presuppositions of the show as well as presents discussions through the show to help the reader better understand philosophy and philosophical inquiry.

Solaris [Vídeo-DVD]

Author: Stanislaw Lem
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 9783548606118
Category: Fiction
Page: 282
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Der Planet Solaris ist von einem Ozean bedeckt - einem Ozean, der auf die physikalischen Verhältnisse ebenso Einfluss zu nehmen scheint wie auf die Wissenschaftler, die ihn von der Raumstation aus untersuchen sollen. Der Psychologe Kris Kelvin wird geschickt, um die seltsamen Vorkommnisse zu klären, aber was ihn erwartet, übersteigt jegliche Vorstellungskraft.

What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Lover

Author: Sharon M. Kaye
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 0812697898
Category: Philosophy
Page: 288
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Be warned—in your journey through this volume you will encounter many true stories. Some will make you laugh, others could make you cry, and all are enough to thoroughly embarrass the authors. These stories would never be allowed to see the light of day if they did not open the door to important truths about love. The authors speak to you, sometimes in their own voices, sometimes through dialogue, and sometimes through fiction. You will recognize yourself in their struggles and triumphs. Can the good life be attained without true love? What is jealousy? Is it possible to be a feminist and a heterosexual lover at the same time? What is the logic of the lovers’ quarrel? Is rough sex immoral? Is pornography a great lover’s friend or a foe? What did Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Russell, Beauvoir, and other great geniuses of Western history have to say about what goes on under the boardwalk? Is there any freedom in love? Is erotic desire a function of body or spirit? What is the best kind of love? Is there such a thing as a soul mate? You will have to face these questions and more when you dare to ask what philosophy can tell you about your lover. Everyone who has experienced it knows that romantic love truly is a “crazy little thing.” It keeps us awake at night and makes us do things we would never have dreamed we were capable of. In this volume twenty-five philosophy professors are gathered together to discuss various connections between romantic love and philosophy. They have left their tweed jackets and spectacles behind. It is as though you have run into them by chance at a bar in some far away city where they are at ease, ready to tell you what they really think. Perhaps you have taken a few philosophy classes, or perhaps you always kind of wanted to. This is your chance to enjoy some deep reflection on one of life’s greatest mysteries without any of the scholarly jargon, the academic pretenses, or the impossible exams. This volume will explain the lasting value of their ideas in simple, modern terms without the use of a single footnote.


Author: David Cronenberg
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104030162
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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DAS FULMINANTE DEBÜT DES DÜSTERSTEN REGISSEURS DER WELT - »Ich glaube, dass man sich alles vorstellen kann. Man sollte nur nicht alles tun« sagt David Cronenberg David Cronenberg entführt uns auf die verbotene Seite des Lebens – dorthin, wo man den anderen aus Liebe verschlingt. Naomi ist Journalistin, Nathan Fotograf - immer unterwegs, ist das Paar meist getrennt, aber stets per Facebook verbunden. Sie sind die perfekten Globetrotter. Naomi recherchiert in Paris ein sonderbares Verbrechen. Nathan fotografiert in einer Budapester Spezialklinik eine riskante Operation. Das Abgründige zieht sie an, stürzt die beiden in eine leidenschaftliche Amour fou im freien Fall. Verstörend unheimlich scheint der Roman mehr von uns zu wissen, als wir selbst wahrhaben wollen.

Die drei Sonnen

Author: Cixin Liu
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641173078
Category: Fiction
Page: 592
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Die Science-Fiction-Sensation aus China China, Ende der 1960er-Jahre: Während im ganzen Land die Kulturrevolution tobt, beginnt eine kleine Gruppe von Astrophysikern, Politkommissaren und Ingenieuren ein streng geheimes Forschungsprojekt. Ihre Aufgabe: Signale ins All zu senden und noch vor allen anderen Nationen Kontakt mit Außerirdischen aufzunehmen. Fünfzig Jahre später wird diese Vision Wirklichkeit – auf eine so erschreckende, umwälzende und globale Weise, dass dieser Kontakt das Schicksal der Menschheit für immer verändern wird.

Wo nie zuvor ein Mensch gewesen ist

Science-Fiction-Filme: angewandte Philosophie und Theologie
Author: Matthias J. Fritsch,Martin Lindwedel,Thomas Schärtl
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783791718378
Category: Philosophy in motion pictures
Page: 162
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The Philosophy of Michael Mann

Author: Steven Sanders,Aeon J. Skoble,R. Barton Palmer
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813144736
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 284
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"I read Hawks on Hawks with passion. I am very happy that this book exists." -- François Truffaut Howard Hawks (1896--1977) is often credited as being the most versatile of all of the great American directors, having worked with equal ease in screwball comedies, westerns, gangster movies, musicals, and adventure films. He directed an impressive number of Hollywood's greatest stars -- including Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Rosalind Russell, and Marilyn Monroe -- and some of his most celebrated films include Scarface (1932), Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and Rio Bravo (1959). Hawks on Hawks draws on interviews that author Joseph McBride conducted with the director over the course of seven years, giving rare insight into Hawks's artistic philosophy, his relationships with the stars, and his position in an industry that was rapidly changing. In its new edition, this classic book is both an account of the film legend's life and work and a guidebook on how to make movies.

Die Physik der Zukunft

Unser Leben in 100 Jahren
Author: Michio Kaku
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644039216
Category: Science
Page: 624
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Wie werden wir leben – in 20, 60, 100 Jahren? Star-Physiker Michio Kaku sagt der Menschheit eine rosige Zukunft voraus. Roboter werden uns die Alltagsarbeit abnehmen. Küchengeräte und andere Maschinen steuern wir mit der Kraft unserer Gedanken. Medizinische Nanobots werden aufmerksam durch unsere Blut- und Nervenbahnen eilen und sogar Krebs heilen. Zu lästigen Meetings schicken wir unser Hologramm – an einen Konferenztisch mit virtuellen Menschen und solchen aus Fleisch und Blut. Informationen können direkt über die Retina ins Kleinhirn projiziert werden. Wir beherrschen auch das Wetter, und Nationalstaaten spielen kaum noch eine Rolle. Trotzdem werden wir weiter reisen, uns treffen, Sport treiben und in die Kneipe gehen, weil Menschen nun mal so sind. Science-Fiction? Nein, seriöse Zukunftsforschung. Eingängig beschreibt Michio Kaku, wie der Weg in diese Zukunft aussieht – denn vieles davon wird heute schon in Wissenschaft und Industrie vorbereitet. Kaku hat weltweit 300 Forscher von Rang befragt, wie die gesellschaftlich-technische Entwicklung ihrer Voraussicht nach verlaufen wird: von der Künstlichen Intelligenz bis zur Raumfahrt, von der Medizin und Biologie bis zur Nanotechnologie. Und er präsentiert seine Befunde überzeugend und mit leichter Hand. «Was für ein wunderbares Abenteuer ist dies, der Versuch, das Undenkbare zu denken.» (New York Times Book Review) «Atemberaubend.» (Welt am Sonntag)

Mensch, Maschine, Maschinenmenschen

Multidisziplinäre Perspektiven auf die Serie Westworld
Author: Brigitte Georgi-Findlay,Katja Kanzler
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658218150
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 108
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Dieses Buch setzt sich mit der viel diskutierten HBO-Serie Westworld auseinander. Aus multidisziplinären Perspektiven fragen die Autor*innen danach, wie die Science-Fiction/Western-Serie als Erzählung funktioniert und dabei Aspekte des Posthumanismus, Fragen künstlicher Intelligenz und das Verhältnis von Mensch und Maschine problematisiert.

These Broken Stars. Lilac und Tarver

Author: Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Carlsen
ISBN: 3646928557
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 496
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Es ist nur eine flüchtige Begegnung, doch dieser Moment auf dem größten und luxuriösesten Raumschiff, das die Menschheit je gesehen hat, wird ihr Leben für immer verändern. Lilac ist das reichste Mädchen des Universums, Tarver ein gefeierter Kriegsheld aus einfachen Verhältnissen. Nichts könnte die Kluft zwischen ihnen überbrücken – außer dem Schiffbruch der angeblich so sicheren Icarus. Als das Unfassbare geschieht, müssen Lilac und Tarver auf einem fremden Planeten ums Überleben ringen. Zu zweit gegen die Unendlichkeit des Alls ... »Eine der packendsten, aufregendsten und schönsten Geschichten, die ich je gelesen habe. Wenn es sein muss, marschiere ich persönlich in jedes Haus, um Lesern das Buch vor die Nase zu halten!« (Marie Lu) Alle Bände der Serie »These Broken Stars«: These Broken Stars − Lilac und Tarver These Broken Stars − Jubilee und Flynn These Broken Stars − Sofia und Gideon Die Serie ist abgeschlossen.

The Philosophy of Tim Burton

Author: Jennifer L. McMahon
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813144647
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 306
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In 1952, just one year after Coach Adolph Rupp's University of Kentucky Wildcats won their third national championship in four years, an unlikely high school basketball team from rural Graves County, Kentucky, stole the spotlight and the media's attention. Inspired by young coach Jack Story and by the Harlem Globetrotters, the Cuba Cubs grabbed headlines when they rose from relative obscurity to defeat the big-city favorite and win the state championship. A classic underdog tale, The Graves County Boys chronicles how five boys from a tiny high school in southwestern Kentucky captured the hearts of basketball fans nationwide. Marianne Walker weaves together details about the players, their coach, and their relationships in a page-turning account of triumph over adversity. This inspiring David and Goliath story takes the reader on a journey from the team's heartbreaking defeat in the 1951 state championship to their triumphant victory over Louisville Manual the next year. More than just a basketball narrative, the book explores a period in American life when indoor plumbing and electricity were still luxuries in some areas of the country and when hardship was a way of life. With no funded school programs or bus system, the Cubs's success was a testament to the sacrifices of family and neighbors who believed in their team. Featuring new photographs, a foreword by University of Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall, and a new epilogue detailing where the players are now, The Graves County Boys is an unforgettable story of how a community pulled together to make a dream come true.

The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams

Author: Patricia Brace,Robert Arp
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813145341
Category: Social Science
Page: 380
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For more than two centuries, Kentucky women have fought for the right to vote, own property, control their wages, and be safe at home and in the workplace. Tragically, many of these women's voices have been silenced by abuse and violence. In Violence against Women in Kentucky: A History of U.S. and State Legislative Reform, Carol E. Jordan chronicles the stories of those who have led the legislative fight for the last four decades to protect women from domestic violence, rape, stalking, and related crimes. The story of Kentucky's legislative reforms is a history of substantial toil, optimism, advocacy, and personal sacrifice by those who proposed the change. This compelling narrative illustrates, through their own points of view, the stories of survivors who serve as inspiration for change. Jordan analyzes national legislative reforms as well as the strategies that have been used to enact and enforce legislation addressing rape and domestic violence at a local level. Violence against Women in Kentucky is the first book to look at the history of domestic violence in a state that consistently falls at the bottom of women's rights rankings, as told by the activists and survivors who fought for change. Detailing the successes and failures of reforms and outlining the work that is still to be done, this volume reflects on the future of women's rights legislation in Kentucky.