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ISBN 978-0-8126-9834-3


288 pages

September 2013

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Ender's Game and Philosophy

Genocide Is Child's Play

Edited by D. E. Wittkower and Lucinda Rush
Volume 80 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

“I loved this book! Loved it! A wonderfully readable work that is enjoyable and covers all the important topics. Anyone who wants to understand the Enderverse will have to read Wittkower and Rush’s Ender’s Game and Philosophy.”

—Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, anthropologist of popular culture, co-editor of Playing with the Past and Jacking in to the Matrix Franchise

 “Ender’s Game is one of the most beloved science-fiction stories of all time, in large part because of the deeper questions it forces the reader to contemplate. Ender’s Game and Philosophy has discussions that would be at home anywhere from a sci-fi chatroom to a bar full of philosophy PhD’s, blending pop culture with lessons from Plato, Aquinas, and Walzer.”

— P.W. Singer, Director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, author of Children at War and Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

“Some smart and accessible readings of the most significant book by one of sf’s more controversial novelists. I learned a lot.”

— Andrew M. Butler, author of Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s and Philip K. Dick (Pocket Essentials)

Ender’s Game and Philosophy: Genocide Is Child’s Play brilliantly captures the philosophical richness and contemporary relevance of this science-fiction classic, exploring its provocative implications for everything from modern drone warfare and just war theory to the nature of other minds, the limits of moral responsibility, and the ethics of the ‘noble lie’. A must-read for fans of the novel, and for anyone seeking to understand its enduring hold on the philosophical imagination.”

— Shannon Vallor, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University and author of 21st Century Virtue

 “The chapters in Ender’s Game and Philosophy: Genocide Is Child’s Play range from the ethics of war and cheating in sports to the extended mind, queer theory, empathy, and Hinduism. In each case the authors draw out surprising philosophical insights. A thoughtful companion to the Ender series and an exciting introduction to philosophy for fans.”

 — Kevin Macnish, Teaching Fellow in Applied Ethics at the University of Leeds, consultant on automated surveillance

 “From drone-like warfare to genocide to sexual identity to the obligation to stand up for those who can’t defend themselves, the authors of this compelling book force us to think about the philosophical aspects of the world Orson Scott Card has created.”

—Joseph C. Pitt, Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Tech, author of Thinking about Technology

 D.E. Wittkower is the author of The Philosopher’s Book of Questions and Answers (2013) and editor of Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? (2011). He teaches philosophy to military students and veterans as well as to more traditional students.

Lucinda Rush is Education Reference Librarian at Old Dominion University. Before she was mysteriously re-assigned, she taught a battle school of adolescents how to sing and read music.

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