Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy Knowledge Here Begins Out There

ISBN-10: 1405178140

ISBN-13: 9781405178143

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jason T. Eberl, Jason T. Eberl

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The re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series has redefined the sci-genre both aesthetically and in terms of thoughtful subject matter. The "ragtag" fleet's outward journey to Earth is also an inward exploration for the human survivors and their Cylon pursuers. Every character wrestles with existential, moral, metaphysical, theological, and political crises. This volume addresses some of the key questions that the Colonials won't find easy answers to when they reach Earth: Are Cylons persons? Is Baltar's scientific worldview superior to Six's religious faith? Can Starbuck be free if she has a special destiny? Is Boomer morally responsible for shooting Adama? Is it ethical to cut one's losses and leave people behind? Is collaboration with the enemy ever the right move? Is it okay to lie to give people hope? How well does a democratic society function when Baltar gets elected president? Is humanity a "flawed creation"? Should we share the Cylon goal of "transhumanism"? Is it really a big deal that Starbuck's a woman?
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Giving Thanks to the Lords of Kobol
"There Are Those Who Believe..."
Opening the Ancient Scrolls: Classic Philosophers as Colonial Prophets
How to be Happy after the End of the World
When Machines Get Souls: Nietzsche on the Cylon Uprising
"What a Strange Little Man": Baltar the Tyrant?
The Politics of Crisis: Machiavelli in the Colonial Fleet
Are Toasters People, Too?
"And They Have a Plan": Cylons as Persons
Amy Kind "I'm Sharon, but I'm a Different Sharon": The Identity of Cylons
Embracing the "Children of Humanity": How to Prevent the Next Cylon War
Brian Willems When the Non-Human Knows Its Own Death
Worthy of Survival: Moral Issues for Colonials and Cylons
The Search for Starbuck: The Needs of the Many vs. the Few
Resistance vs. Collaboration on New Caprica: What Would You Do?
Being Boomer: Identity, Alienation, and Evil
Cylons in the Original Position: Limits of Posthuman Justice
The Arrow, the Eye, and Earth: The Search for a (Divine?) Home
"I Am an Instrument of God": Religious Belief, Atheism, and Meaning
Taneli Kukkonen God against the Gods: Faith and the Exodus of the Twelve Colonies
"A Story That Is Told Again, and Again, and Again": Recurrence Providence, and Freedom
Adama's True Lie: Earth and the Problem of Knowledge
Sagittarons, Capricans, and Gemenese: Different Worlds, Different Perspectives
Zen and the Art of Cylon Maintenance
"Let It Be Earth": The Pragmatic Virtue of Hope
Is Starbuck a Woman?
Gaius Baltar and the Transhuman Temptation
There Are Only Twenty-Two Cylon Contributors
The Fleet's Manifest
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