The world of the Alien movie franchise is rich with moral dilemmas and societal implications and the new book Alien and Philosophy explores most, if not all, of them with an engaging combination of humor, history, philosophical concepts, and questions left unanswered. – M.B. Sutherland, Apex Magazine, September 2017.
Alien and Philosophy will please readers who already give deep consideration to the rights that John Locke might have thought natural for a species which has acid for blood, and who wonder at length if Sigmund Freud would dare to use psychoanalysis if confronted with a synthetic person that obsesses about Lawrence of Arabia. If you enjoyed the film Alien and its sequels then you may want to dive into these scholarly essays, using them to further your intellectual curiosity. Ray Blank, Sci Phi Journal, August 2017.
If you know nothing about philosophy but you enjoyed the Alien movies, would Alien and Philosophy be a good place to start? Yes . – D C White, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, September 2017
From the Back Cover
Are androids artificial people or glorified toasters?
Is Ellen Ripley a Feminist?
Xenomorph vs Human: which species is better?
How should we respond to Weyland–Yutani′s special brew of Business Ethics?
Since its viscerally shocking screen entrance through the chest of Kane (John Hurt), Alien′s Xenomorph burst into our public consciousness. Despite nearly four decades passing since the original 1979 instalment, with three movie sequels, a prequel series, countless books, comics, and a spin–off video game franchise, it shows an unearthly resilience to being blown out of our psychological airlock.
Alien and Philosophy presents 19 chapters that explore the underlying questions raised by the film series that continues to terrify and fascinate us. Written by acclaimed scholars of philosophy and pop culture, topics include H.R. Giger′s aesthetics, the literary influences of H.P. Lovecraft, the ethics of warfare and bio–weaponry, corporate androids and personhood, feminism, dystopian politics, and the economics of the future. Confronting some of humanity′s deepest hopes and fears, Alien and Philosophy offers enlightening philosophical insights gleaned from one of the most successful and influential horror/sci–fi franchises of contemporary times.
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