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Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9471-0


xiv + 256 pages


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Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy

This Breaks the World

Edited by Robin Bunce and Trip McCrossin
Volume 127 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

“The book the Wallace Corporation doesn’t want you to read! Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy hurts corporate interests by raising customer awareness of reproductive technology, genetic enhancement, and the moral rights of creative machines. By examining what it takes to be a person, this book will leave you wondering: Is being human all about performance?”

—Janelle Pötzsch, editor of Jonathan Swift and Philosophy (2017)

 “Fans of Blade Runner 2049 love it for all its great philosophy, but there’s even more than meets the eye. Things are not exactly as they appear! Fortunately, the skilled philosophers in this awesome book peel back the skin to reveal the deep insights and rich layers that lie within.”

— Richard Greene, author of Spoiler Alert! (It’s a Book about the Philosophy of Spoilers) (2019)

“While this book won’t tell you whether you’re a replicant or a human, it does help settle the question of whether that matters. It provokes thoughtful reflection on perennial questions of human nature and personhood, as well as more provocative themes concerning the varied ways in which we define what’s real, the moral significance of procreation, what role religion or spirituality plays in the lives of replicants, and what the future of 2049 can tell us about ourselves today.”

— Jason T. Eberl, author of The Routledge Guidebook to Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae (2016)

 “Science fiction raises the important questions, and philosophy gives us the answers. Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy shines new light on age-old quandaries: What is real? What makes us human? The writers tackle these and other topics in a thoughtful, easy-to-follow way. Definitely a fun read for all fans of the Blade Runner movies!”

 — Heather L. Rivera, co-editor of The Twilight Zone and Philosophy: A Dangerous Dimension to Visit (2019)

 “Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy gives us fresh and startling insights into the true meaning of this landmark movie and the troubling philosophical issues it raises—personal identity over time, lying versus withholding facts, biomedical enhancement, the rights of minorities to do whatever’s necessary to free themselves from the oppression of an enslaving majority, decisions made for the supposed common good, and, of course, the very meaning of life itself.”

— Robert Arp, author of 1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think (2013)

 Robin Bunce is Director of Studies in Politics at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

 Trip McCrossin teaches Philosophy at Rutgers University.

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