Franklin

Science fiction and political philosophy : from Bacon to Black Mirror / [edited by] Timothy McCranor and Steven Michels.

Publication:
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2020].
Series:
Politics, literature, & film
Politics, literature, and film
Format/Description:
Book
vii, 241 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Science fiction -- History and criticism.
Politics in literature.
Politics in motion pictures.
Politics on television.
Political science -- Philosophy.
Science fiction.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
"Sometimes called the "literature of ideas," science fiction is a natural medium for normative political philosophy. Science fiction's focus on technology, space and time travel, non-human lifeforms, and parallel universes cannot help but invoke the perennial questions of political life, including the nature of a just social order and who should rule; freedom, free will, and autonomy; and the advantages and disadvantages of progress. Rather than offering a reading of a work inspired by a particular thinker or tradition, each chapter presents a careful reading of a classic or contemporary work in the genre (a novel, short story, film, or television series) to illustrate and explore the themes and concepts of political philosophy."--publisher description.
Contents:
An introduction to science fiction and political philosophy / Timothy McCranor
Fiction and the science of self-reflection: Francis Bacon's New Atlantis and the idols of the mind / Erin A. Dolgoy and Kimberly Hurd Hale
Utopianism and realism in Shakespeare's The Tempest / Paul T. Wilford and Nicholas Anderson
Frankenstein and the ugliness of enlightenment / Jeff J. S. Black
Technology and anxiety in Melville's "Lightning-Rod Man" / Tobin L. Craig
The head, the hands, and the heart: Political rationalism in Fritz Lang's Metropolis / Damien K. Picariello
Technology and human nature in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World / Nivedita Bagchi
An exhortation to secure humanity against the Buggers: Ender's Game / Steven Michels and Danielle Sottosanti
Seeing and being seen in the kingdom of ends: On Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, and Star Trek: The Next Generation / Daniel J. Kapust
Knowledge of death in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go / Constance C. T. Hunt
Founding a posthuman political order in M. R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts / Erin A. Dolgoy and Kimberly Hurd Hale
Bacon, Transhumanism, and reflections from the Black Mirror / David N. Whitney and Steven Michels.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
McCranor, Timothy, editor, author.
Michels, Steven, editor, author.
Dolgoy, Erin A., author.
Hale, Kimberly Hurd, 1983- author.
Wilford, Paul, author.
Anderson, Nicholas, author.
Black, Jeff J. S., 1970- author.
Craig, Tobin L., author.
Picariello, Damien K., author.
Bagchi, Nivedita, author.
Sottosanti, Danielle, author.
Kapust, Daniel J., 1976- author.
Hunt, Constance C. T., author.
Whitney, David N., author.
Other format:
Online version: Science fiction and political philosophy
ISBN:
1498586430
9781498586436
9781498586443 (ePub ebook)
OCLC:
1122458043
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