Sci-Phi Philosophy from Socrates to Schwarzenegger

ISBN-10: 0312322364
ISBN-13: 9780312322366
Edition: N/A
Authors: Mark Rowlands
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Book details

List price: $18.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"Sci-Phi demonstrates how anyone can grasp the basic concepts of philosophy while still holding a bucket of popcorn. Mark Rowlands makes philosophy utterly relevant to our everyday lives and reveals its most potent messages using nothing more than a little humor and the plotlines of some of the most spectacular, expensive, high-octane films on the planet. Learn about: The Nature of Reality from "The Matrix, Good and Evil from "Star Wars, Morality from "Aliens, Personal Identity from "Total Recall, The Mind-Body dilemma from "Terminator, Free Will from "Minority Report, Death and the Meaning of Life from "Blade Runner, and much more. A search for knowledge about ourselves and the world around us with a star-studded cast that includes: Tom Cruise, Plato, Harrison Ford, Immanuel Kant, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigourney Weaver, Rene? Descartes, and Keanu Reeves. Rowlands anchors his discussions in easily understood everyday terms and relates them in a manner easy to identify with. Interspersed with a ready joke or two, he wonderfully explains why those SciFi movies we love so much are much deeper than they appear to be on the surface. Mark Rowlands's entertaining and stimulating guide is perfect for anyone searching for knowledge of the world around us. If Keanu can understand Descartes surely everyone can.

Introduction
Frankenstein: Philosophy and the meaning of life
The Matrix: can we be certain of anything?
Terminator I & II: the mind-body problem
Total Recall & the Sixth Day: the problem of personal identity
Minority Report: the problem of free will
Hollow Man: why Be moral?
Independence Day & Aliens: the scope of morality
Star Wars: Good and euil
Blade Runner: Death and the meaning of life
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