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The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy


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Acknowledgments: The Command Staff of Utopia Planitia ix Introduction: A Guide to Living Long and Prospering 1 I Alpha Quadrant: Home Systems 5 1 "The More Complex the Mind, the Greater the Need for the Simplicity of Play" 7 Jason T. Eberl 2 Aristotle and James T. Kirk: The Problem of Greatness 18 Jerold J. Abrams 3 The Moral Psychology of a Starship Captain 26 Tim Challans 4 "Make It So": Kant, Confucius, and the Prime Directive 36 Alejandro Barcenas and Steve Bein 5 Destroying Utopias: Why Kirk Is a Jerk 47 David Kyle Johnson 6 "We Are Not Going to Kill Today": Star Trek and the Philosophy of Peace 59 David Boersema II Beta Quadrant: Dangerous Rivalries 69 7 Klingons: A Cultural Pastiche 71 Victor Grech 8 The Borg as Contagious Collectivist Techno-Totalitarian Transhumanists 83 Dan Dinello 9 Assimilation and Autonomy 95 Barbara Stock 10 Q: A Rude, Interfering, Inconsiderate, Sadistic Pest-on a Quest for Justice? 105 Kyle Alkema and Adam Barkman 11 Federation Trekonomics: Marx, the Federation, and the Shift from Necessity to Freedom 115 Jeff Ewing 12 "The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few": Utilitarianism and Star Trek 127 Greg Littmann 13 Casuistry in the Final Frontier 138 Courtland Lewis III Delta Quadrant: Questing for Home 149 14 "Today Is a Good Day to Die!" Transporters and Human Extinction 151 William Jaworski 15 Two Kirks, Two Rikers 162 Trip McCrossin 16 Data, Kant, and Personhood; or,Why Data Is Not a Toaster 172 Nina Rosenstand 17 Humans, Androids, Cyborgs, and Virtual Beings: All aboard the Enterprise 180 Dennis M.Weiss 18 Photons (and Drones) Be Free: Phenomenology and the Life-Worlds of Voyager's Doctor and Seven of Nine 190 Nicole R. Pramik 19 Vision Quest into Indigenous Space 199 Walter Robinson IV Gamma Quadrant: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations 211 20 Rethinking the Matter: Organians Are Still Organisms 213 Melanie Johnson-Moxley 21 "In Search of . . . " Friendship: What We Can Learn from Androids and Vulcans 223 James M. Okapal 22 Resistance Is Negligible: In Praise of Cyborgs 232 Lisa Cassidy 23 "Who I Really Am": Odo, Mead, and the Self 243 Pamela JG Boyer 24 Is Liberation Ever a Bad Thing? Enterprise's "Cogenitor" and Moral Relativism 253 William A. Lindenmuth 25 Resistance Really Is Futile: On Being Assimilated by Our Own Technology 264 Dena Hurst V Beyond the Galactic Barrier: The Future as the Final Frontier 273 26 Life on a Holodeck: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about the True Nature of Reality 275 Dara Fogel 27 Which Spock Is the Real One? Alternate Universes and Identity 288 Andrew Zimmerman Jones 28 "Strangely Compelling": Romanticism in "The City on the Edge of Forever" 299 Sarah O'Hare 29 It Is a Q of Life: Q as a Nietzschean Figure 308 Charles Taliaferro and Bailey Wheelock 30 A God Needs Compassion, but Not a Starship: Star Trek's Humanist Theology 315 James F. McGrath 31 "The Human Adventure Is Just Beginning": Star Trek's Secular Society 326 Kevin S. Decker Contributors: Federation Ambassadors to Babel 340 Index 349

About the Author

Kevin S. Decker is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Washington University, where he teaches ethics, American and Continental philosophy, and philosophy of popular culture. He is co-editor of Philosophy and Breaking Bad (2016) and Who is Who? The Philosophy of Doctor Who (2013). He is co-editor, with Jason T. Eberl, of The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), Star Trek and Philosophy (2008), and Star Wars and Philosophy (2005). Jason T. Eberlis the Semler Endowed Chair for Medical Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he teaches bioethics, ethics, and medieval philosophy. He has edited or contributed to books on Battlestar Galactica, Sons of Anarchy, Metallica, Terminator, The Hunger Games, The Big Lebowski, Stanley Kubrick, J.J. Abrams, and Avatar. His most recent books are The Routledge Guidebook to Aquinas' Summa Theologiae (2015) and The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan (2016). He is co-editor, with Kevin S. Decker, of The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), Star Trek and Philosophy (2008), and Star Wars and Philosophy (2005).

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