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Terminator and philosophy : I'll be back, therefore I am

Author: Richard Brown; Kevin S Decker
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2009.
Series: Blackwell philosophy and popculture series.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Are cyborgs our friends or our enemies? Was it morally right for Skynet to nuke us? Is John Connor free to choose to defend humanity, or not? Is Judgment Day inevitable? The Terminator series is one of the most popular sci-fi franchises ever created, captivating millions with its edgy depiction of the struggle of humankind for survival against its own creations. This book draws on some of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Brown; Kevin S Decker
ISBN: 9780470447987 0470447982
OCLC Number: 313017214
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: vii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Rise of the philosophers --
Part 1: Life After Humanity And Artificial Intelligence --
1: Terminator wins: is the extinction of the human race the end of people, or just the beginning? / Greg Littmann --
2: True man or tin man? how Descartes and Sarah Connor tell a man from a machine / George A Dunn --
3: It stands to reason: Skynet and self-preservation / Josh Weisberg --
4: Un-terminated: the integration of the machines / Jesse W Butler --
Part 2: Women And Revolutionaries --
5: I know now why you cry: Terminator 2, moral philosophy, and feminism / Harry Chotiner --
6: Sarah Connor's stain / Jennifer Culver --
7: James Cameron's Marxist revolution / Jeffrey Ewing --
Part 3: Changing What's Already Happened --
8: Bad timing: the metaphysics of the Terminator / Robert A Delfino and Kenneth Sheahan --
9: Time for the Terminator: philosophical themes of the resistance / Justin Leiber --
10: Changing the future: fate and the Terminator / Kristie Lynn Miller --
11: Judgment day is inevitable: Hegel and the futility of trying to change history / Jason P Blahuta --
Part 4: Ethics Of Termination --
12: What's so terrible about judgment day? / Wayne Yuen --
13: War to end all wars? killing your defense system / Phillip Seng --
14: Self-termination: suicide, self-sacrifice, and the Terminator / Daniel P Malloy --
15: What's so bad about being terminated? / Jason T Eberl --
6: Should John Connor save the world? / Peter S Fosl --
Part 5: Beyond The Neural Net --
17: You gotta listen to how people talk: machines and natural language / Jacob Berger and Kyle Ferguson --
18: Terminating ambiguity: the perplexing case of "The" / Richard Brown --
19: Wittgenstein and what's inside the Terminator's head / Antti Kuusela --
Contributors: Future leaders of the resistance --
Index: Skynet's database.
Series Title: Blackwell philosophy and popculture series.
Responsibility: edited by Richard Brown and Kevin Decker.

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Uses science fiction to provoke reflection and discussion on philosophical issues. This book explores puzzles about virtual reality, trans humanism, whether time travel is possible, the nature of  Read more...

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"Refreshingly jargon-free, these essays are essential reading for Terminator aficionados and philosophers alike. Lock and load." (Guardian.co.uk, May 23rd 2009)

 
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