xii + 312 pages
Planet of the Apes and Philosophy
Great Apes Think Alike
Edited by John Huss
Volume 74 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
The first Planet of the Apes movie appeared in 1968, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle. Now a popular and expanding franchise, the ever-inventive sequels and prequels raise important philosophical questions about animal rights, genetic engineering, race relations, time travel, and our place in the cosmos. In Planet of the Apes and Philosophy: Great Apes Think Alike, twenty-three philosophers provide varied viewpoints on this impressive phenomenon of popular culture.
“Planet of the Apes and Philosophy is a must, not only for Planet of the Apes fans, but for anyone interested in what it means to be a primate. Fascinating and thought-provoking. A great read!”
—Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, screenwriters of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
“If you’re like me, once you pick up Planet of the Apes and Philosophy, you may never put it down. What a read!”
—Matt Tolmach, producer of The Amazing Spider-Man
“Whether you came for the apes and stayed for the philosophy or came for the philosophy and stayed for the apes—either way, this book is an absolutely fascinating read.”
—Susan Schneider, editor of Science Fiction and Philosophy
“Anyone who takes movies—and the plight of animals—seriously will thoroughly enjoy Planet of the Apes and Philosophy.”
—Elizabeth Hess, author of Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human
“We can’t know what Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, or Hume would have made of the rising of the apes, but we do have Planet of the Apes and Philosophy—not only a terrific read but highly relevant to urgent issues of our time.”
—Dale Jamieson, author of Ethics and the Environment
“A stellar cast of ape philosophers has given us Planet of the Apes and Philosophy, proving that there may after all be something to be said for the human ape.”
—Colin McGinn, author of The Power of Movies
“Even though apes aren't monkeys, it’s still true that this book is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.”
—Elliott Sober, author of Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?
“A fascinating and multifaceted tour of the radiant hopes and worst fears about humanity and its origins that Planet of the Apes evokes in everyone.”
—Ian Tattersall, author of Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins
John Huss teaches philosophy at the University of Akron and is a research associate in the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law at Case Western Reserve University. He co-edited Johnny Cash and Philosophy: The Burning Ring of Truth (2008).