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ISBN 978-0-8126-9739-1

$19.95
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288 pages

2011

Praise for Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits?

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“Life sometimes imitates art, and we’re heading toward many of the technologies and scenarios imagined by Philip Dick, one of the most iconic and philosophical writers in science fiction. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? is a nice, accessible guide to many metaphysical and ethical issues waiting in our future.”

—Patrick Lin, co-editor of Robot Ethics and co-author of What Is Nanotechnology and Why Does It Matter?

 “Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? is an intelligent, exciting, and highly entertaining read that will be valued by all thoughtful Dick fans as well as philosophers. The original and thought-provoking chapters assembled by Dylan Wittkower explore a vast range of philosophical topics and display the breadth and depth of Dick’s writing with great style.”

—Marya Schechtman, author of The Constitution of Selves

“Philip K. Dick was one of the twentieth century’s most penetrating writers concerned with the human condition. Mortality and self-knowledge obsessed him, and his work on these topics is some of the most thoughtful we have seen. Amazingly, Dylan Wittkower has managed to assemble a collection of thinkers who not only understand Dick but whose explanations will help the rest of us understand him better.”

 —Joseph C. Pitt author of Thinking About Technology

“For anyone who’s ever wondered if they might be a replicant, Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? is required reading. As these writers show, some of the deepest questions that we confront— questions about identity, free will, and our place in the universe— are perfectly illustrated by the memorable characters populating Dick’s fictional worlds, from the Nexus-6 androids, to the Precogs, to the customers of Rekal, Inc.”

—Amy Kind, contributor to Star Trek and Philosophy and Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy

“Some minds reflect this age, others incubate the next. Humanity is about to stumble into a new, perhaps terrifying age. Thanks to the incisive chapters Dylan Wittkower has assembled in Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Hve Kindred Spirits?, we may not do so blindly.”

—R. Scott Baker, author of The White-Luck Warrior, Disciple of the Dog, and Neuropath

“An advanced degree in Dick-ology, an essential book for anyone wishing to discover the shocking depth of Philip K. Dick’s ideas.”

—David Gill, publisher, Total Dick-Head blog

“Dylan Wittkower has assembled a fantastic collection of chapters analyzing the deep themes of Dick’s stories, including the elusiveness of free will, the ambiguous nature of personhood, and the uncertain reliability of knowledge. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? is a real treat for fans of both Dick’s stories and the movie adaptations.”

—Eric J. Silverman, author of The Prudence of Love

 “Nexus-6 Metaphysical-A Models—graduate, undergraduate, post-doctoral, professorial—have gathered together as a Vast Active Living Intelligence System for the purposes of pursuing the philosophical strands of Popular-Culture and Speculative-Fiction icon Philip Kindred Dick in Dylan Wittkower’s Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? This is precisely the kind of book to capture the various strands—at once utterly archaic, unnervingly current and ultimately prognostic—of PKD’s labyrinthine loom.”

—Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, author of The Three Stigmata of Friedrich Nietzsche: Political Physiology in the Age of Nihilism

“The fortunate readers of Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? will turn—or return— to both philosophy and the writings of Philip K. Dick with new insight, and be further rewarded in both domains as a result. Philosophy and science fiction have never been more exquisitely or fruitfully married than in the works of Philip K. Dick. These accessible and insightful chapters deftly succeed in their task of clearly articulating broader philosophical matters along with their fine details and nuances as explored in Dick’s worlds.”

—Charles Ess, author of Digital Media Ethics

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