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The Metaphysics of Star Trek

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Using examples from the shows, this witty and absorbing volume looks at the "Star Trek" series and explores a broad spectrum of philosophical ideas and theories, such as "personhood" the nature of a person, of minds, of consciousness and of the emotions; the nature and extent of knowledge and of free will; the nature of personal survival; the issue of what does or should m ...more
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Basic Books (AZ) (first published June 1st 1997)
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Feb 18, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! My only complaint is that there wasn't more of it. I would love to read a revised edition. Or anything else he might want to write, really.

I thought the different topics he chose to dissect were probably the most interesting and relevant he could have chosen. Certainly they were topics that I, myself, as a lifelong Trek fan, have spent a lot of time thinking about over the years. His approach was appealing to me for that reason.

His intent seemed to be to explore
Aug 24, 2012 Boyd rated it it was amazing
Although I do not consider myself a Trekkie, I thought the arguments, in particular the one on artificial intelligence, and form and matter (when the characters are beamed up and down, is that really them?) makes for good philosophical discussion. When philosophy is used in popular culture, I always have much praise, as it can create an interest for those who may not read philosophy, or has an interest, but would not know where to begin.
Aug 29, 2014 Carmen rated it it was amazing
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This is pretty neat, I especially enjoyed the last chapters, on temporal distortions. The personhood discussion is interesting too.
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Jan 01, 2017 Rex Libris rated it did not like it
I would have thought two of my favorite subjects combined, philosophy and star trek, would be interesting. I was wrong. Reading this reminded me why getting out of the philosophy Ph.D program I was in was the best decision of my life.
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Feb 18, 2016 Danni Green rated it really liked it
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This book was a hoot and a half! I stopped to watch many of the episodes cited in the book as I was reading it, which made it even more interesting. It does lean pretty heavily on the Original Series and Next Generation episodes, with only a small handful of references to Deep Space 9 and Voyager, which was disappointing to me as a die-hard DS9 fan. Overall, I thought it was pretty cool to take a look at the Star Trek universe(s) from this philosophical perspective.
Sean Hoade
Jan 23, 2016 Sean Hoade rated it it was amazing
This kind of book makes me glad I majored in Philosophy -- ideas are selected from the series and movies and in-depth philosophical analysis is made of how these are executed. My brain feels very satisfied!
Jul 23, 2009 Karl rated it it was amazing
Good book to really make you think about life in a different perspective. It gets into the soul and where it comes from, how tangible it is and if it should be messed with.
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Apr 08, 2016 John Hawkins rated it liked it
Get your geek on and read philosophical questions using the TV character from Star trek TNG, Data an innocent Android.
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