Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl, William Irwin
Open Court, Aug 21, 2013 - ART - 247 pages
16 Reviews
The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence, and permeating popular culture around the world. The films feature many complex themes ranging from good versus evil and moral development and corruption to religious faith and pragmatism, forgiveness and redemption, and many others.

The essays in this volume tackle the philosophical questions from these blockbuster films including: Was Anakin predestined to fall to the Dark Side? Are the Jedi truly role models of moral virtue? Why would the citizens and protectors of a democratic Republic allow it to descend into a tyrannical empire? Is Yoda a peaceful Zen master or a great warrior, or both? Why is there both a light and a dark side of the Force? Star Wars and Philosophy ponders the depths of these subjects and asks what it truly means to be mindful of the "living force."
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
4
3 stars
6
2 stars
2
1 star
0

Review: Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine (Popular Culture and Philosophy #12)

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

Some clever puns and fascinating essays, especially the one on German Philosopher Heidegger Read full review

Review: Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine (Popular Culture and Philosophy #12)

User Review  - David Kearsley - Goodreads

I has some major disagreements with some parts such as their assessment of Anakin in the moral ambiguity chapter or the morality of cloning. But agreed with others like the value of pragmatism or having faith. Overall a very interesting and thought provoking read. Read full review

Contents

William Irwin
Yoda the Emperor and the Force
The Far East of Star Wars
Moral Ambigu_ity in a BlackandWhite Universe
The Aspiring Jedis Handbook of Virtue
Star Wars and
Environmental Ethics in Star Wars
The Ethics of Future Wars
The Force as the Causal Power of the Jedi
Hegels Philosophy of Spirit Strikes Back
The Force of Love
Tyranny Democracy Republic
Flesh and Machine in Aristotle and
Lyi_ng Jedi Honest Sith and the Just the Facts
Religious Pragmatism through the Eyes of Luke Skywalker
Masters of the Jedi Council

Heidegger and the Philosophy
If Droids Could Think Droids as Slaves and Persons

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2013)

Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. His research interests focus on bioethics, metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. He has co-edited, with Kevin S. Decker, "Star Wars and Philosophy" (2005) and "Star Trek and Philosophy" (forthcoming).

Bibliographic information