Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

March 18, 2016
author |
Susan Schneider
year published |
2016

Featuring numerous updates and enhancements, Science Fiction and Philosophy, 2nd Edition,  presents a collection of readings that utilize concepts developed from science fiction to explore a variety of classic and contemporary philosophical issues.

Uses science fiction to address a series of classic and contemporary philosophical issues, including many raised by recent scientific developments.

Explores questions relating to transhumanism, brain enhancement, time travel, the nature of the self, and the ethics of artificial intelligence.

Features numerous updates to the popular and highly acclaimed first edition, including new chapters addressing the cutting-edge topic of the technological Singularity.

Draws on a broad range of science fiction’s more familiar novels, films, and TV series, including “I, Robot,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Matrix,” “Star Trek,” “Blade Runner,” and “Brave New World.”

Provides a gateway into classic philosophical puzzles and topics informed by the latest technology.

Susan Schneider is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut and a faculty member in the technology and ethics group at Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Her work is on the nature of the self, which she examines from the vantage point of issues in philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence (A.I.), metaphysics, astrobiology, epistemology, and neuroscience. The topics she has written about most recently include the software approach to the mind, A.I. ethics, and the nature of the person. She is also a fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton. Schneider is also a blogger for The Huffington Post.

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