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

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Open Court Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Performing Arts - 227 pages
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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  - Evan Micheals - Goodreads

Another of the series using pop culture to explain concepts of philosophy, which is helping gain a easier understanding and pointing me in the right direction as I start to read the original texts ... Read full review

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

Send In the Clones The Ethics of Future Wars
Dont Call Me a Mindless Philosopher Alien Technologies and the Metaphysics of The Force
A Technological Galaxy Heidegger and the Philosophy of Technology in Star Wars
If Droids Could Think Droids as Slaves and Persons
Masters of the Jedi Council
The Phantom Index

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About the author (2005)

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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