Paradigm Shifts: Epstein Drive, Eros, and Thomas Kuhn

Paradigm Shifts Epstein Drive, Eros, and Thomas Kuhn By Nathaniel Goldberg “My drive would give us the edge that we needed to finally break free from Earth and build a new world for ourselves. That’s the wonderful and terrible thing about technology. It changes everything.” “Paradigm Shift,” season 2, episode 6 of The Expanse, mixes…

Can They Consent to Play the Squid Game?

Can They Consent to Play the Squid Game? By Corey R. Horn Netflix’s fall blockbuster in 2021 is a South Korean drama where children’s games take a deadly turn. Squid Game began streaming in September and it took less than four weeks to become the streaming platform’s most successful launch to date. One of the…

Midnight Mass: Merits in Morally Ambiguous Media

Midnight Mass Merits in Morally Ambiguous Media By Tylor Cunningham Often, interpretive disagreements about artworks are the very things that make those works interesting and worth engaging in further. When two people pull seemingly contradictory themes or messages from a story, that’s an opportunity to come together and compare notes; to see if there’s something…

On the Moral Status of Bloodbending

On the Moral Status of Bloodbending Davis Smith Introduction During their travels around the world of Avatar, our heroes have encountered many people with strange or unique bending abilities. For example, they encountered Combustion Man, who could make things explode with his mind (“The Headband” 23:24-23:48and “The Beach” 15:21-16:16). None, however, are more troubling and…

Competing Ethical Systems in Ghost of Tsushima

Competing Ethical Systems in Ghost of Tsushima by Armond Boudreaux   In its depiction of medieval Japanese culture, its astonishingly beautiful landscapes and imagery, and its hyper-realistic combat, Ghost of Tsushima is ground-breaking. One remarkable thing about the game that might have gone relatively unnoticed, however, is the way in which it invites a sophisticated…

Masters and Caves in a Post-Magic Age: He-Man and Philosophy

Masters and Caves in a Post-Magic Age: He-Man and Philosophy Jeremy E. Scarbrough Masters of the Universe dominated children’s entertainment in the 1980s and it continues to enchant new generations and re-enchant original fans. Through innovative and unforgettable toys, a cartoon series, a feature film—introducing She-Ra and subsequently launching the Princess of Power series—a live-action…

The Expanse and Philosophy: Available for Pre-order

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…

Damon Salvatore: The Ultimate Vampire

Damon Salvatore The Ultimate Vampire By Maria Pacheco de Amorim Far from being just another CW teen soap opera, The Vampire Diaries might be the moment that the vampire fiction initiated by Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) reached its highest state of self-awareness. Unlike Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is really about the burden of a…