Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek

Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek

Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek

Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek

Synopsis

Professor Richard Hanley faced the dilemma plaguing so many philosophy professors today- how to entice students into the classroom. Based upon his own successful course, Is Data Human presents a thoroughly unique and enjoyable way of introducing students to the basic concepts of philosophy as seen through the lens of Star Trek. From the nature of a person, of minds, and of consciousness, to ethics and morality, to the nature and extent of knowledge and free will, Hanley brings a fresh perspective to the contemporary debates concerning humankind's place in the world. Dare to boldly go where no philosophy professor has gone before- a classroom packed with eager and enthusiastic students.

Excerpt

"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission: to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." --Captain James Tiberius Kirk

"That is the exploration that awaits you. Not mapping stars and studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence."

Captain --Q to Jean-Luc Picard, "All Good Things . . ."

The Philosophic Enterprise introduction

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