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Palgrave Macmillan

Philosophy and Blade Runner

ISBN 9781137412287
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Where did I come from?
Where am I going?
How long have I got?
Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is arguably the most thought-provoking science fiction film of all time.
Now, early in the 21st century, Los Angeles-based philosopher Timothy Shanahan is on a quest to hunt down and critically analyze Blade Runner's distinctive treatment of such perennial philosophical topics as human nature, personhood, identity, consciousness, free will, morality, God, death, time, and the meaning of life.
Along the way, Shanahan grapples with some of the world's most profound thinkers, including Plato, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein.
The result is a truly original work of philosophy that - in the spirit of the film that inspired it and like all the best philosophy - provokes as many questions as it seeks to answer.

Timothy Shanahan is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, USA. He is the author of Reason and Insight (2003), The Evolution of Darwinism (2004), Philosophy 9/11 (2005), The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism (2009), and over two dozen articles in scholarly journals.

1. Introduction
2. Being Human
3. Persons
4. Identity
5. Consciousness
6. Freedom
7. Being Good 
8. God
9. Death
10. Time and Meaning
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