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The philosophy of science fiction : Henri Bergson and the fabulations of Philip K. Dick

Author: James Burton
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2015.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Burton, James.
Philosophy of science fiction
Named Person: Henri Bergson; Philip K Dick; Henri Bergson; Philip K Dick
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Burton
ISBN: 9781474227674 1474227678
OCLC Number: 917559024
Description: 1 online resource (x, 238 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments Note on References Introduction Philosophy and Science Fiction The Edge of the Known The Ethics of Balking Philip K. Dick Studies Note on Terminology: Fabulation Chapter One: Fabulation: Counteracting Reality Mechanization and the War-instinct The Biological Origins of Society Countering the Intellect The Morality of Violence Open Morality and the Misdirection of Mechanism True Mysticism: Immanent Salvation An Incomplete Soteriology Fabulation for the Open ConclusionChapter Two: Fabulating Salvation in Four Early Novels Solar Lottery The World Jones Made Vulcan's Hammer Time Out of Joint Conclusion: Super-everyman to Solar Shoe SalesmanChapter Three: The Empire That Never Ended The Open and the Universal The Life-Death Chiasmus The Fictitious Event The Messianic Tension The Remnant and Messianic Time The Magic of Language Sci-fi: the genre of `as not' Conclusion: Gnostic Politics Chapter Four: Objects of Salvation: The Man in the High Castle The Fabulation of History Mechanization and Paralysis Worldly Remains Openings Between Worlds The Tyranny of the Concrete Objects of Salvation Conclusion: Reality FieldsChapter Five: How We Became Post-Android The Mechanization of Pot-healing The Alien God The Saviour in Need Robot Theology Humans: the Cosmic Bourgeoisie Android and Theoid Creative Destruction Conclusion Chapter Six: The Reality of Valis Salvator Salvandus The Believer and the Sceptic The Pharmakonic God Reduplicative Paramnesia (Time Becomes Space) The Fabulative Cure Recursion: Valis as Limitlessly Iterative Soteriology Befriending God Conclusion Epilogue: Soter-ecologies Notes Bibliography Index
Responsibility: James Burton.


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Through a lucid exposition of Bergson and a careful analysis of Dick's novels, [Burton] convincingly argues for their compatible views of salvation ... [His] study is innovative, elegantly written, Read more...

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