Diversis Viribus: Diversity in the XCOM games

Diversis Viribus: Diversity in the XCOM games By Udi Becker With an economic value that exceeds Hollywood, the video game has established itself as both an industry and an art that are as much a part of our culture as any other form of media. As the narratives offered by games become more and more…

Avatar the Last Airbender and the Enframing

Avatar the Last Airbender and the Enframing Benjamin N. Parks “The sun’s warmth is challenged forth for heat, which in turn is ordered to deliver steam whose pressure turns the wheels that keep a factory running.” This quote from German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) on the steam turbine could just as easily describe the Fire…

R. Kelly Meets Catullus

R. Kelly Meets Catullus Biases and The Art-Artist Distinction By Davis Smith The art-artist distinction, as I am calling it, is a wall between the content of the art and the character of the artist who made it. This distinction has had its defenders since the days of Ancient Rome and has value even today.…

A Stoic Wouldn’t Play the Squid Game

A Stoic Wouldn’t Play the Squid Game by Konstantin Pavliouts Stoicism is a philosophy that calls for great self-control, concerning one’s thoughts, emotions, and actions. This is not a matter of making a simple intellectual decision. Rather, it demands practice, and role models are particularly helpful in inspiring practice. The Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher…

The Ethics of Avasarala

The Ethics of Avasarala By Gerald Browning The complexity of the characters and the moral ambiguity of the storylines on The Expanse create compelling programing. And no character is as morally ambiguous and mysterious as the cool, calculating Chrisjen Avasarala (played exceptionally well by Shohreh Aghdashloo). With a stroke of a pen or a whisper…

“We had a garden and we paved it”

“We had a garden and we paved it” The Expanse and the Philosophy of the Anthropocene Diletta De Cristofaro *Note: This essay is excerpted from The Expanse and Philosophy. Captain Martens, of the MCRN Scirocco, had warned Gunnery Sergeant Bobbie Draper about a “dirty” ocean, whose “stench [is] like the recycling vat” (“The Weeping Somnambulist”). Arriving…

Humanity’s Dilemma before Abaddon’s Gate

Humanity’s Dilemma before Abaddon’s Gate Leonard Kahn *Note: This essay is excerpted from The Expanse and Philosophy. James Holden, that hot-headed rogue, manages to convince an alien technology—Abaddon’s Gate, created by the protomolecule—that human beings are not a threat. It opens up 1,300 Einstein-Rosen bridges, providing humanity access to at least as many habitable worlds.…

Just Published: The Expanse and Philosophy

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…