Star Trek and Philosophy
The Wrath of Kant
Edited by Jason T. Eberl and Kevin S. Decker
Vol. 35 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
From cult to mainstream, the Star Trek epic has gone where no work of dramatic art has gone before, to become the most popular imaginary world yet conceived.
The same restless and relentless spirit of exploration that propels the voyages of the starship Enterprise is also the driving force of philosophical wonder throughout human history. Star Trek and philosophy share the same prime directive: testing ideas from our past and present to progressively improve our future.
In Star Trek and Philosophy, twenty-one professional philosophers put their brains into warp drive to probe the limits of the limitless, expanding our knowledge of the furthest reaches of thought while also delving deep into the human essence.
“A philosophical feast for Trekkies and other sci-fi fans. One of the things that makes Star Trek so exciting is the philosophical angle it has often presented. Reading this terrific book will prolong and deepen that excitement.”
—Jorge J. E. Gracia, editor of Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy
“Playful, subtle, and rich with cultural referencesbut actively create it. As well as beaming up famous philosophers like Kant and Nietzsche, this wonderful book plunges us into recent philosophical discussions, some of which have arisen in the wake of the accelerated technological developments of the past fifty years.”
—Margret Grebowicz, editor of SciFi in the Mind's Eye
“Boldly going where so many have gone before, these twenty-one philosophers manage to do the impossible: they find new ways to talk about this most talked about of TV franchises.”
— James B. South, editor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy
“Star Trek in all its incarnations remains one of the most philosophically fascinating TV and movie epics. Star Trek and Philosophy appeals to both philosophers and fans.”
— Richard Hanley, author of Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek
Jason T. Eberl is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis, and author of Thomistic Principles and Bioethics (2006). Kevin S. Decker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Washington University. Decker and Eberl also edited Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine