Terminator and Philosophy: I'll Be Back, Therefore I Am

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John Wiley & Sons, May 13, 2009 - Philosophy - 304 pages

A timely book that uses science fiction to provoke reflection and discussion on philosophical issues

From the nature of mind to the ethics of AI and neural enhancement, science fiction thought experiments fire the philosophical imagination, encouraging us to think outside of the box about classic philosophical problems and even to envision new ones. Science Fiction and Philosophy explores puzzles about virtual reality, transhumanism, whether time travel is possible, the nature of artificial intelligence, and topics in neuroethics, among other timely issues. This thought-provoking volume is suitable for students and general readers but also examines new and more advanced topics of interest to seasoned philosophers and scientists.

Susan Schneider (Hometown TK) is Assistant Professor in the department of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and an Affiliated Faculty Member at the Institutes for Research in Cognitive Science and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

 

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Contents

NOTES
TRUE MAN OR TIN MAN? HOW DESCARTES
Rise of the BêteMachines The Thing That Separates Us from the Machines
SKYNET AND SELF
ShallWePlayaGame?
SUICIDE SELFSACRIFICE
TERMINATOR
All You Know How to CreateIs Death You Fucking Bastards
FATE AND
HEGEL AND
THE WAR TO END ALL WARS? KILLING YOUR
NOTES
SHOULD JOHN CONNOR SAVE THE WORLD?
18 PMon Judgment Day a Phone Rings Should You Answer It? Social ContractsDivine Commandsand Utility
MACHINES AND NATURAL LANGUAGE
Language WhytheTerminator Has toListento HowPeopleTalk

The Spot Sarah Connor Cannot Wash Away
JAMES CAMERONS MARXIST REVOLUTION
THE METAPHYSICS OF
One Possible Future
PHILOSOPHICAL
Weapons Technology?
THE PERPLEXING
WITTGENSTEIN AND WHATS INSIDE
NOTES
INDEX
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About the author (2009)

RICHARD BROWN is an assistant professor at LaGuardia Community College's Philosophy and Critical Thinking Program in New York City.

KEVIN S. DECKER is an assistant professor of philosophy at Eastern Washington University. He coedited Star Wars and Philosophy and Star Trek and Philosophy.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

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