The Expanse and Philosophy - (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture) by William Irwin & Jeffery L Nicholas (Paperback)
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"About the Book """"I am that book!"" So declared Leviathan Wakes in 2011 when James S. A. Corey published it. And, to quote Chrisjen Avasarala, they weren't bullshitting. The Expanse series is a phenomenal science fiction read that delves into the greatest questions of human life, a part of the ""literature of progress"" that challenges our everyday world by thrusting human life out to Mars, the outer planets, and worlds beyond the Ring Gates. And when The Expanse premiered on the SyFy channel, it declared with equal strength: ""I am that show!"" You know the one, the one we've been searching for that is better than any other sci-fiseries out there. The Expanse TV series has wonderful characters, cast, and filming, and dialogue that pulls us in and doesn't let go. The TV series is particularly phenomenal for me. See, I suffer from aphantasia-pictures don't populate my brain like they do most people, and it's not from some transcranial magnetic stimulation. I feel empathy just fine, and when reading books, I lose myself in the characters. But I don't see the Roci searching the stars for a safe harbor or picture Jules-Pierre Mao kneeling at the feet of Avasarala. Watching the Rocinante on screen, seeing the torture that Naomi goes through to save people's lives, only makes me love the books and the characters more""-- Book Synopsis Enter The Expanse to explore questions of the meaning of human life, the concept of justice, and the nature of humanity, featuring a foreword from author James S.A. Corey The Expanse and Philosophy investigates the philosophical universe of the critically acclaimed television show and Hugo Award-winning series of novels. Original essays by a diverse international panel of experts illuminate how essential philosophical concepts relate to the meticulously crafted world of The Expanse, engaging with topics such as transhumanism, belief, culture, environmental ethics, identity, colonialism, diaspora, racism, reality, and rhetoric. Conceiving a near-future solar system colonized by humanity, The Expanse provokes a multitude of moral, ethical, and philosophical queries: Are Martians, Outer Planets inhabitants, and Earthers different races? Is Marco Inaros a terrorist? Can people who look and sound different, like Earthers and Belters, ever peacefully co-exist? Should science be subject to moral rules? Who is sovereign in space? What is the relationship between human progress and aggression? The Expanse and Philosophy helps you answer these questions--and many more. Covers the first six novels in The Expanse series and five seasons of the television adaptation Addresses the philosophical issues that emerge from socio-economics and geopolitics of Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets Alliance Offers fresh perspectives on the themes, characters, and storylines of The Expanse Explores the connections between The Expanse and thinkers such as Aristotle, Kant, Locke, Hannah Arendt, Wittgenstein, Descartes, and Nietzsche Part of the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, The Expanse and Philosophy is a must-have companion for avid readers of James S.A. Corey's novels and devotees of the television series alike. From the Back Cover Is Marco Inaros a terrorist? Can people who look and sound different, like Earthers and Belters, ever get along? What does ""Beltalowda"" really mean? Should science be subject to moral rules? Who is sovereign in space? In The Expanse, the hit television show and Hugo award-winning novel series, humanity's colonization of the solar system has brought with it a desire for power and unprecedented social and economic consequences. Unforgettable characters face harrowing choices in a near future in which basic necessities like food and air are scarce resources, corporate greed runs amok, and intense violence is commonplace. Yet amidst the turmoil, a team of Earthers, Martians, and the people of the Outer Planets forge a family and help each other carry burdens both large and small. >Confronting existential issues with the urgency of a rogue asteroid response, The Expanse and Philosophy delves into questions of good and evil, the morality of space expansion, the nature of the sublime, the practice of politics, the intersectional construction of personal identity, and more. Original essays from a diverse group of scholars peer into the protomolecule and out through the Ring Gates--taking you on a philosophical journey with Miller, Holden, Amos, Naomi, Avasarala, and Bobbie as they touch down on Earth, the Outer Planets, and Ilus. Featuring a foreword from The Expanse creator James S. A. Corey, The Expanse and Philosophy offers an explosive investigation into how science fiction can help shape the future of humanity. To learn more about the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, visit About the Author JEFFERY L. NICHOLAS is Associate Professor at Providence College, Rhode Island, and Research Associate at the Center for Aristotelian Studies and "



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