Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up?

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Open Court, Jun 1, 2008 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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In attempting to retain her "human" side, does Sharon really have free will? Is killing a Cylon murder or garbage disposal? These are some of the questions addressed in this thoughtful collection of writings on the philosophical underpinnings of Battlestar, Galactica. The book includes a brief analysis of the original 1970s and 80s series but concentrates primarily on the episodes, characters, and issues from the entirely reimagined current series (including its fourth and final season, scheduled for airing in early 2008) as well as the two-hour TV movie and direct-to-DVD release Razor.
 

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Contents

The Wretched of New Caprica
Occupation or Resistance?
Balancing Security and Democracy in
Weapons of Mass Salvation
The Original Battlestar Galactica in Historial
MODEL FIVE Finding Purpose in the Void
Lost in Space? Finding Your Way Without a
Free Will Determinism and Schopenhauer Oh My

I Frak Therefore I
Queering the Cylons
I Cyborg
I Am a Cylon
MODEL THREE We Became What We Beheld
Democracy and Bad Decisions
Galactica Pegasus and Lakoff
Some Cylons Are More Equal than Others
They Evolved but Do They Deserve Consideration?
MODEL FOUR Battlestar Iraqtica
Living in the Watchtower
The Meaning of a Deathless Life
MODEL SIX Near the End of Our Journey
What Does Reimagined Really Mean?
The Real War between Battlestar Galacticas
A Dangerous Place for Women
Eve Lilith and the Cylon Connection
Dreamers in the Night
Cylons Colonials and Criticism
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Josef Steiff is the associate chair of the Department of Film & Video at Columbia College in Chicago. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Independent Filmmaking (2005).

Tristan Tamplin has his PhD in philosophy from University of Illinois at Chicago. He is now the principal designer at Verso Design Corporation.

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