Future Present: Ethics And/as Science Fiction

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2003 - Fiction - 215 pages
To prepare for the Other: this is the mission of ethics. 'Future Present: Ethics and/as Science Fiction' fuses contemporary philosophy from Heidegger, Derrida, Levinas, and others with cultural texts preoccupied with the future arrival of an Other: science fiction. We peer through the lens of science fiction with the help of H.G. Wells, Walt Disney, 'Star Trek', David Cronenberg, Philip K. Dick, and many others, in search of a theory of ethics that leaves open the possibility of the Other and encourages empathy, which is necessary for survival in our multicultural world.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
The Game of Ethics
11
Space Self and Other
29
Time The ComingTowards
42
Machines Animals and the Law H G Wells
53
Anticipating Progress Two Case Studies
72
The Alien Campbell Comics and Star Trek
95
The Cyborg Body Two Case Studies
119
Ethics Philip K Dick
157
Spacetime The Ethical Event Horizon
183
Notes
191
Bibliography
205
Index
210
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