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Orphan Black and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9920-3


xiv + 234 pages


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Orphan Black and Philosophy

Grand Theft DNA

Edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene
Volume 102 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Cloning, genetic enhancement, human experimentation, personal identity, the ends justifying the means, . . . what’s not philosophical about Orphan Black? And what’s not supercool about Orphan Black and Philosophy?”

—Robert Arp, author of 1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think (2013)

 “If a human being isn’t born, do they still bleed? Is a life predestined to be cut short better than no life at all? Orphan Black and Philosophy tackles these and other questions through the eyes of the clones in the Clone Club. While the story is told via the lives of duplicate humans, the conclusions are sharp and original from the first page to the last.”

—Christina A. Diedoardo, Esq., author of Lanza’s Mob: The Mafia and San Francisco (2016)

 “A collection of engrossing chapters that can’t be duplicated, Orphan Black and Philosophy boldly explores questions of facsimile selves, the nature of truth, the art of parenting, and the science of social observation. An introduction to philosophy as exciting and dangerous as the lives of Sarah, Alison, Cosima, and Felix, this volume captures the issues of a dystopian cloning conspiracy with the dexterity and agility of Helena attacking an enemy. If your enemy is ignorance, you may need to buy several copies.”

—Sara Waller, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Montana State University

 “You can’t watch Orphan Black without seriously pondering such matters as your own identity, the ethics of cloning and bioengineering, and, frankly, just what it means to be human. Orphan Black and Philosophy sheds a ton of light on all of this and much more. This sort of writing in philosophy is rare: if only we could clone it for future such volumes.”

—Jack Bowen, author of If You Can Read This: The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers (2010), and The Dream Weaver: One Boy’s Journey through the Landscape of Reality (2006)

“Did Dolly feel like Sarah Manning? Did she look at her clones and contemplate her identity, the metaphysics of it all, or the absurdity of the universe? Did she wonder how many of her clones were out there or why the scientists didn’t make her wool purple? Of course not, silly, Dolly is a sheep. Whether they be like Narcissus or Sisyphus, Sarah and all her clones (and you and yours too!) should read this book, to figure out whether the grazing fodder really is greener on the clone side.”

—Dr. Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, author of Doorway to the World of Essences (2011) and writer for Things&Ink magazine

Richard Greene is professor of philosophy at Weber State University and has served as executive chair of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Among the many books he has co-edited are Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy: New Life for the Undead (2010) and Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter (2011). Rachel Robison-Greene is a PhD candidate at UMass Amherst. She co-edited Orange Is the New Black and Philosophy: Last Exit from Litchfield (2015) and The Princess Bride and Philosophy: Inconceivable! (2016).

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