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Westworld and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9991-3


xii + 298 pages


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The Westworld and Philosophy

Mind Equals Blown

Edited by Heather L. Rivera and Alexander E. Hooke
Volume 122 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

“This is an awesome companion to the strangely haunting, wonderfully baffling, philosophically thrilling site of Westworld in television and film.”

—Charles Taliaferro, professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College

“This volume tackles the enchanting mysteries and philosophical challenges that inhabit the most intriguing phenomenon in contemporary television—Westworld. These diverse, provocative chapters launch the reader on a thrilling journey, which unfolds both the experience of viewing Westworld and the charm of philosophizing it.”

— Shai Biderman, Tel Aviv University, co-editor of The Philosophy of David Lynch (2011)

“When Dr. Ford tells us you can’t play God without being acquainted with the Devil, he really means Descartes’s evil demon, who’s hard at work deceiving the Hosts with implanted memories and the Guests with fantasy activities. This book gives us disturbing insights into the conundrums of Westworld. Yes, you are a thinking thing, but you can’t rule out the possibility you’re also a Delos asset.”

— Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, author of Doorway to the World of Essences (2011)

 “Visit these pages and discover whether you are real, and why it matters. An equally important question is: What am I? Question what you are, and how you can break free of control and become what you were built to be. The memories of reading this book may change who you are and what you become.”

— Tobias T. Gibson, John Langton Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, Westminster College

 “A much-needed, fascinating, and thought-provoking book on one of the most vitally important science-fiction series, that engages with what will soon be one of the most vitally important social and philosophical issues— artificial intelligence.”

— David Kyle Johnson, author of the Great Courses audiobook, Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy

 Richard Greene is professor of philosophy at Weber State University, Executive Director of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, and co-host of the podcast, I Think Therefore I Fan. He co-edited Twin Peaks and Philosophy: That’s Damn Fine Philosophy! (2018). Joshua Heter teaches philosophy at Iowa Western Community College. He co-edited The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy: Subversive Reports from Another Reality (2017).

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