Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine

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Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl
Open Court Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Performing Arts - 227 pages
26 Reviews
The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence, and permeating popular culture around the world. The films feature many complex themes ranging from good versus evil and moral development and corruption to religious faith and pragmatism, forgiveness and redemption, and many others.

The essays in this volume tackle the philosophical questions from these blockbuster films including: Was Anakin predestined to fall to the Dark Side? Are the Jedi truly role models of moral virtue? Why would the citizens and protectors of a democratic Republic allow it to descend into a tyrannical empire? Is Yoda a peaceful Zen master or a great warrior, or both? Why is there both a light and a dark side of the Force? Star Wars and Philosophy ponders the depths of these subjects and asks what it truly means to be mindful of the "living force."
  

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Review: Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine (Popular Culture and Philosophy #12)

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

Some clever puns and fascinating essays, especially the one on German Philosopher Heidegger Read full review

Review: Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine (Popular Culture and Philosophy #12)

User Review  - David Kearsley - Goodreads

I has some major disagreements with some parts such as their assessment of Anakin in the moral ambiguity chapter or the morality of cloning. But agreed with others like the value of pragmatism or having faith. Overall a very interesting and thought provoking read. Read full review

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Contents

You Cannot Escape Your Destiny Or Can You? Freedom and Predestination in the Skywalker Family
3
Stoicism in the Stars Yoda the Emperor and the Force
16
The Far East of Star Wars
29
Moral Ambiguity in a BlackandWhite Universe
39
Try Not Do or Do Not Ethics in a Galaxy Far Far Away
55
The Aspiring Jedis Handbook of Virtue
57
A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy Star Wars and the Problem of Evil
69
Be Mindful of the Living Force Environmental Ethics in Star Wars
80
Size Matters Not The Force as the Causal Power of the Jedi
132
The Force Is With Us Hegels Philosophy of Spirit Strikes Back at the Empire
144
Theres Always a Bigger Fish Truth Faith and a Galactic Society
157
What Is Thy Bidding My Master? Star Wars and the Hegelian Struggle for Recognition
159
By Any Means Necessary Tyranny Democracy Republic and Empire
168
Humanizing Technology Flesh and Machine in Aristotle and The Empire Strikes Back
181
A Certain Point of View Lying Jedi Honest Sith and the Viewers Who Love Them
192
Religious Pragmatism through the Eyes of Luke Skywalker
205

Send In the Clones The Ethics of Future Wars
93
Dont Call Me a Mindless Philosopher Alien Technologies and the Metaphysics of The Force
105
A Technological Galaxy Heidegger and the Philosophy of Technology in Star Wars
107
If Droids Could Think Droids as Slaves and Persons
120
Masters of the Jedi Council
213
The Phantom Index
217
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Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. His research interests focus on bioethics, metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. He has co-edited, with Kevin S. Decker, "Star Wars and Philosophy" (2005) and "Star Trek and Philosophy" (forthcoming).

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