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Mr. Robot and Philosophy 

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xii + 234 pages


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Mr. Robot and Philosophy

Beyond Good and Evil Corp

Edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene
Volume 109 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Imagine a world where anyone can be hacked and privacy has been abolished. Imagine a world where facts aren’t real. Imagine a world where huge corporations can get away with anything and cover it up, where you don’t know whom you can trust, and where people who want fundamental change are classified as mentally ill. Welcome to the strange, unsettling world of Mr. Robot . . .

 “The issues addressed in Mr. Robot are frighteningly real, and so Mr. Robot and Philosophy is relevant and necessary reading. Above and beyond this book’s topical relevance, Mr. Robot and Philosophy does amazingly well at addressing universally important philosophical issues—issues of ethics, truth, privacy, freedom, and so much more—all in a manner that allows readers to connect with and apply in our own lives. Whether you’re concerned that fsociety is upon us or just love Mr. Robot and desire to peer behind the curtain a bit more, this is a tremendously well-put-together collection.”

—Jack Bowen, author of The Dream Weaver: One Boy’s Journey through the Landscape of Reality

 “Information wants to be free—so we’re told. But at what cost? You don’t want the government keeping tabs on you, but you do want the government to access the information that will find the terrorist who’s planning to kill you at the next Christmas party. Right? Mr. Robot and Philosophy can stop you in your tracks and make you think differently about terrorism, cyberterrorism, freedom, and security.”

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

What are the ethics of hacking? Is it better to support an unjust social system than to rebel and risk economic and social collapse? When, if ever, is it alright to break the law in the name of the greater good? In this book, professional philosophers examine these questions through Mr. Robot in nineteen highly readable, entertaining, and thought-provoking chapters.”

—Greg Littmann, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

 “Through its cast of misfit hacktivists, Mr. Robot delivers new insights into cybersecurity, corporate greed, revolution, and mental health. Mr. Robot and Philosophy offers a provocative take on a variety of philosophical issues surrounding these topics such as the ethics of vigilantism, the right to privacy, and the prospects of achieving self-knowledge. It’s a must read for any thoughtful fan of the show.”

—Joshua Heter, co-editor of The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy

Richard Greene is professor of philosophy at Weber State University and has served as executive chair of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Among the many books he has co-edited are Orphan Black and Philosophy: Grand Theft DNA (2016) and Dexter and Philosophy: Mind over Spatter (2011). Rachel Robison-Greene has co-edited Peanuts and Philosophy: You’re a Wise Man, Charlie Brown! (2017) and The Princess Bride and Philosophy: Inconceivable! (2016).

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