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Twilight Zone and Philosophy 

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The Twilight Zone and Philosophy

A Dangerous Dimension to Visit

Edited by Heather L. Rivera and Alexander E. Hooke
Volume 121 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Signpost up ahead. You’re about to enter another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. It’s the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of human fears and the summit of human knowledge.

You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into . . . philosophy!

“Science fiction gets us thinking, but great science fiction gets us thinking deeply about all kinds of philosophical topics, and there really is no greater television series devoted to this genre than The Twilight Zone, as the authors of this wonderfully illuminating book make clear.”

— Robert Arp, author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (2008)

 “Where do we turn when everyday life begins more and more to resemble an episode from The Twilight Zone? To philosophy, of course! It sharpens our wits and makes us nimble navigators of scary scenarios. It teaches us to question the obvious and lift the curtain on false versions of reality. Welcome to a wide-ranging exploration of a series that was well ahead of its time and remains very relevant to the challenges of the present moment.”

— Helen Buss Mitchell, author of Roots of Wisdom: A Tapestry of Philosophical Traditions (2002)

The Twilight Zone and Philosophy employs orthoslogos—right reason—to reveal the depths of one of the most heterodox—unusual, counter-cultural—shows of all time. After reading this book, we may still not know what exactly the Twilight Zone is, but we will have a better sense about the nature of time, the existence of non-human rational beings, and to what extent robots can love, so that our efforts will have been amply rewarded.”

 — Adam Barkman, author of C.S. Lewis and Philosophy as a Way of Life (2009)

 “Didididi, didididi . . . has become code throughout the world for the stomach-churning realization that the normal rules, the fashionable assumptions, the accepted theories, just aren’t working any more. This is precisely where philosophy comes in. The capable and contrasted philosophers writing in this rich and entertaining volume have served us well . . . or on second thoughts maybe I should rephrase that.”

— Ray Scott Percival, author of The Myth of the Closed Mind (2012)

Heather L. Rivera has written numerous philosophical articles and lectured at various academic institutions in the Fifth Dimension. Alexander E. Hooke is professor of philosophy at Stevenson University, author of Philosophy Sketches: 700 Words at a Time (2018), and editor of Virtuous Persons, Vicious Deeds (1998).


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