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Blade runner

Author: Amy Coplan; David Davies
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. ©2015
Series: Philosophers on film.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is widely regarded as a "masterpiece of modern cinema" and is regularly ranked as one of the great films of all time. Set in a dystopian future where the line between human beings and 'replicants' is blurred, the film raises a host of philosophical questions from what it is to be human and to the nature of consciousness. This is the first book to explore and address these questions and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Coplan; David Davies
ISBN: 9780415485845 0415485843 9780415485852 0415485851
OCLC Number: 368025010
Description: xiv, 157 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Notes on contributors --
Note on the director --
List of characters and cast --
List of figures --
Introduction / Amy Coplan and David Davies --
Elegy in LA: Blade Runner, empathy and death / Berys Gaut --
"More human than human": Blade Runner and being-toward-death / Peter Atterton --
Replicant love: Blade Runner Voight-Kampffed / C.D.C. Reeve --
Do humans dream of emotional machines? / Colin Allen --
Zhora through the looking-glass: notes on an Esper analysis of Leon's photograph / Stephen Mulhall --
In the mood for thought: mood and meaning in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner / Amy Coplan --
Blade Runner and the cognitive values of cinema / David Davies --
Index.
Series Title: Philosophers on film.
Responsibility: edited by Amy Coplan and David Davies.

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"Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is widely regarded as a "masterpiece of modern cinema" and is regularly ranked as one of the great films of all time. Set in a dystopian future where the line between human beings and 'replicants' is blurred, the film raises a host of philosophical questions from what it is to be human and to the nature of consciousness. This is the first book to explore and address these questions and more from a philosophical point of view. Beginning with a helpful introduction, specially commissioned chapters examine the following questions: - What is the relationship between emotion and reason and how successful is Blade Runner in depicting emotions? - Can we know what it is like to be a replicant? - What is the origin of personhood and what qualifies one as a person? - Does the style of Blade Runner have any philosophical significance? - To what extent is Blade Runner a meditation on the nature of film itself? Including a biography of the director and annotated further reading at the end of each chapter, Blade Runner is essential reading for students interested in philosophy and film studies"--

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