The Ethics of Survivor

The Ethics of Survivor “It’s Just a Game” By Justin Kitchen This spring premiered yet another season (the 40th) of the CBS show Survivor. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s how an average game plays out: A number of people (usually 20) from different backgrounds are ‘stranded’ in a remote location—often on an island chain…

Extended Call for The Expanse and Philosophy

Extended Call for Abstracts The Expanse and Philosophy Edited by Jeffery Nicholas With a foreword by the creator, James S.A. Corey New Due Date May 5, 2020  We are particularly interested in submissions dealing with Naomi or Amos.   Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors…

Rick and Morty: Meaning in a Meaningless Multiverse

Rick and Morty: Meaning in a Meaningless Multiverse by Danny Krämer The American philosopher Wilfrid Sellars diagnosed a conflict between what he called “the scientific and the manifest image of man-in-the-world.” The scientific image contains things like quarks, bosons, and black holes. By contrast, the “manifest image” is our everyday way of viewing the world…

Call for Abstracts: The Expanse and Philosophy

Call for Abstracts The Expanse and Philosophy Edited by Jeffery Nicholas With a foreword by the creator, James S.A. Corey The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium. We are looking…

Black Mirror and Philosophy

Enacting Reflection Through Sci-fi

Enacting Reflection Through Sci-fi Black Mirror & Philosophy Sergio Urueña Editor’s Note: In the following, Sergio Urueña outlines how some Black Mirror stories—the ones that seem to have a certain dose of reality wrapped in halos of fantasy—not only tell something about our social realities but could also shape reality itself. Science Fiction & Philosophy How…

Black Mirror and Philosophy

Philosophy in Film

  PHILOSOPHY IN FILM Leander P. Marquez Editor’s note: Black Mirror and Philosophy: Dark Reflections treats Black Mirror as a work of philosophy—as if it each episode is trying to raise a philosophical question or make a philosophical point. In the following piece, Leander Marquez (who helped the editor write the introduction to Black Mirror…