Terminator and Philosophy: I'll Be Back, Therefore I Am (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

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Uses science fiction to provoke reflection and discussion on philosophical issues. This book explores puzzles about virtual reality, trans humanism, whether time travel is possible, the nature of artificial intelligence, and topics in neuroethics, among other timely issues. It is suitable for seasoned philosophers and scientists.

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"Refreshingly jargon–free, these essays are essential reading for Terminator aficionados and philosophers alike. Lock and load." (Guardian.co.uk, May 23rd 2009)

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Are cyborgs our friends or our enemies?

Was it morally right for Skynet to nuke us?

Is John Connor free to choose to defend humanity, or not?

Is Judgment Day inevitable?

The Terminator series is one of the most popular sci–fi franchises ever created, captivating millions with its edgy depiction of the struggle of humankind for survival against its own creations. This book draws on some of history′s philosophical heavy hitters: Descartes, Kant, Karl Marx, and many more. Nineteen leather–clad chapters target with extreme prejudice the mysteries surrounding intriguing philosophical issues raised by the Terminator series, including the morality of terminating other people for the sake of peace, whether we can really use time travel to protect our future resistance leaders in the past, and if Arnold′s famous T–101 is a real person or not. You′ll say "Hasta la vista, baby" to philosophical confusion as you develop a new appreciation for the complexities of John and Sarah Connor and the battles between Skynet and the human race.

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