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Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine… (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Kevin S. Decker, William Irwin (Editor), Jason T. Eberl (Editor)

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Title:Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful than You Can Possibly Imagine (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
Authors:Kevin S. Decker
Other authors:William Irwin (Editor), Jason T. Eberl (Editor)
Info:Open Court (2005), Paperback, 320 pages
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Star Wars & Philosophy edited by Kevin S. Decker and Jason T. Eberl is a collection of philosophical essays that draw on the Star Wars movies for examples and the philosophies of St. Augustine, Sartre, and others. The collection is moderately well done in some parts and blatantly falls short in others, with one particular essay not using secondary sources to back up its arguments at all and leaving readers to beg the question whether Trekkies can write about Star Wars at all. The essays draw on ancient philosophers as far back as Plato and Aristotle as well as one essay about Eastern philosophies and mythologies. There are also essays that point to the theories of Kant, Heidegger, and Hegel.

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  sagustocox | Mar 20, 2012 |
By and large not that interesting. At one point, text analysis desperately shifts from philosophy to martial arts. ( )
  mcandre | Jul 6, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812695836, Paperback)

The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence, and permeating popular culture around the world. The films feature many complex themes ranging from good versus evil and moral development and corruption to religious faith and pragmatism, forgiveness and redemption, and many others.

The essays in this volume tackle the philosophical questions from these blockbuster films including: Was Anakin predestined to fall to the Dark Side? Are the Jedi truly role models of moral virtue? Why would the citizens and protectors of a democratic Republic allow it to descend into a tyrannical empire? Is Yoda a peaceful Zen master or a great warrior, or both? Why is there both a light and a dark side of the Force? Star Wars and Philosophy ponders the depths of these subjects and asks what it truly means to be mindful of the "living force."

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"The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence, and permeating popular culture around the world. The films feature many complex themes ranging from good versus evil and moral development and corruption to religious faith and pragmatism, forgiveness and redemption, and many others. The essays in this volume tackle the philosophical questions from these blockbuster films including: Was Anakin predestined to fall to the Dark Side? Are the Jedi truly role models of moral virtue? Why would the citizens and protectors of a democratic Republic allow it to descend into a tyrannical empire? Is Yoda a peaceful Zen master or a great warrior, or both? Why is there both a light and a dark side of the Force? Star Wars and Philosophy ponders the depths of these subjects and asks what it truly means to be mindful of the 'living force'"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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