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Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence Hardcover – May 26 2009
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“Despite its rather uneven balance between philosophy and literary criticism, the volume is a valuable pedagogical resource which will benefit tutors and students who are seeking to engage proactively with modern technology and its fictional representation.” (Forum for Modern Language Studies, 3 June 2012)
"If science fiction and philosophy give you pleasure, you may enjoy reading this book immensely. " (Minds & Machines, 2010)
"Science Fiction and Philosophy brings two areas together and into a dialogue: philosophy holds the fantasmatic enjoyment of science fiction to account for its illusions and awesome possibilities while science fiction reminds philosophy that all reason and no play makes thought a very dull thing indeed. Hopefully, this volume will find its way into the hands of those who wish to discover something about the highly technological world-view and horizon of meaning of our current epoch." (Discover Magazine, November 2010)"Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2009), Schneider mines time travel, artificial intelligence, robot rights, teleportation, and genetic modification to discuss the nature of space and time, free will, transhumanism, the self, neuroethics, and reality." (Discover, December 2010)
“Looking over the pages one can see Schneider's attention to detail … .Schneider has obviously made her choices for their accessibility and we should applaud her for this … .The collection stands as an important and provocative dialogue between two very rich areas of contemporary cultures and societies. Science Fiction and Philosophy gives us a chance to redeem science fiction … and take the questions it poses seriously and with a critical gaze. This volume will be of interest to audiences read in science fiction, philosophy of science, philosophy of time, philosophy of mind, consciousness studies, epistemology, robot ethics and bio-ethics and biotechnology and general audiences alike.” (Metapsychology)
“I highly recommend Schneider's collection, whether for use as a reader in a course on philosophy and science fiction, or simply for those interested in engaging the issues raised in much science fiction at a higher degree of abstraction, in conversation not only with the works of fiction themselves but also the philosophers and physicists who tackle many of the same questions from other angles.” (Exploring Our Matrix, June 2009)
"I've always said that science fiction is a lousy name for this field; it's really philosophical fiction: phi-fi not sci-fi! This book proves that with its penetrating analysis of the genre's treatment of deep questions of reality, personhood, and ethics."
-- Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids
"Easily the best and most up-to-date book of its kind."
--Barry Dainton, University of Liverpool
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Just a few criticisms that could (perhaps) be addressed in a new edition:
1.) there were some editing issues (typos and such) that detract from what is otherwise a well put-together volume.
2.) my students really struggled with the Ned Block piece, which was unfortunate since it was the only serious treatment of the Turing Test. A more approachable piece on Turing would be welcome.
3.) the one glaring omission was alien encounters. As such a central theme in science fiction, I feel that there should be at least one piece -- though perhaps a whole section -- devoted to encountering alien intelligences. This is a rich area philosophically as it offers us a chance to consider human "otherness" by way of alien "otherness." Again, such a piece would be a welcome addition.
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