Blade Runner (Philosophers on Film)

ISBN 13: 9780415485852

Blade Runner (Philosophers on Film)

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Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is widely regarded as a "masterpiece of modern cinema" and is regularly ranked as one of the great films of all time. Set in a dystopian future where the line between human beings and ‘replicants’ is blurred, the film raises a host of philosophical questions about what it is to be human, the possibility of moral agency and freedom in ‘created’ life forms, and the capacity of cinema to make a genuine contribution to our engagement with these kinds of questions.

This is the first book to systematically explore and address these kinds of issues from a philosophical point of view. Beginning with a helpful introduction, seven specially commissioned chapters examine questions such as the following:

  • How is the theme of death explored in Blade Runner and with what implications for our understanding of the human condition?
  • What can we learn about the relationship between emotion and reason from the depiction of the ‘replicants’ in Blade Runner?
  • How are memory, empathy, and moral agency related in Blade Runner?
  • How does the style and ‘mood’ of Blade Runner bear upon its thematic and philosophical significance?
  • Is Blade Runner a meditation on the nature of film itself?

Including a brief biography of the director and a detailed list of references to other writings on the film, Blade Runner is essential reading for students – indeed anyone - interested in philosophy and film studies.

Contributors: Colin Allen, Peter Atterton, Amy Coplan, David Davies, Berys Gaut, Stephen Mulhall, C. D. C. Reeve.

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Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is widely regarded as a "masterpiece of modern cinema" and is regularly ranked as one of the great films of all time. Set in a dystopian future where the line between human beings and ‘replicants’ is blurred, the film raises a host of philosophical questions from what it is to be human and to the nature of consciousness.

This is the first book to explore and address these questions and more from a philosophical point of view. Beginning with a helpful introduction, specially commissioned chapters examine the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between emotion and reason and how successful is Blade Runner in depicting emotions?
  • Can we know what it is like to be a replicant?
  • What is the origin of personhood and what qualifies one as a person?
  • Does the style of Blade Runner have any philosophical significance?
  • To what extent is Blade Runner a meditation on the nature of film itself?

Including a biography of the director and annotated further reading at the end of each chapter, Blade Runner is essential reading for students interested in philosophy and film studies.

Contributors: Colin Allen, Peter Atterton, Amy Coplan, David Davies, Berys Gaut, Stephen Mulhall, C. D. C. Reeve.

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Verlag: Taylor & Francis Ltd Apr 2015 (2015)
ISBN 10: 0415485851 ISBN 13: 9780415485852
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Buchbeschreibung Taylor & Francis Ltd Apr 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 217x138x14 mm. Neuware - Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is widely regarded as a 'masterpiece of modern cinema' and is regularly ranked as one of the great films of all time. Set in a dystopian future where the line between human beings and 'replicants' is blurred, the film raises a host of philosophical questions about what it is to be human, the possibility of moral agency and freedom in 'created' life forms, and the capacity of cinema to make a genuine contribution to our engagement with these kinds of questions. This is the first book to systematically explore and address these kinds of issues from a philosophical point of view. Beginning with a helpful introduction, seven specially commissioned chapters examine questions such as the following: \* How is the theme of death explored in Blade Runner and with what implications for our understanding of the human condition \* What can we learn about the relationship between emotion and reason from the depiction of the 'replicants' in Blade Runner \* How are memory, empathy, and moral agency related in Blade Runner \* How does the style and 'mood' of Blade Runner bear upon its thematic and philosophical significance \* Is Blade Runner a meditation on the nature of film itself Including a brief biography of the director and a detailed list of references to other writings on the film, Blade Runner is essential reading for students - indeed anyone - interested in philosophy and film studies. Contributors: Colin Allen, Peter Atterton, Amy Coplan, David Davies, Berys Gaut, Stephen Mulhall, C. D. C. Reeve. 174 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780415485852

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