The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film - Introduction

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF Edited by Steven M. Sanders T1-1E u-NlvERsrrY PREss oi:; KENTUCKY In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, parody or satire.
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Publication of this volume was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. "An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science Fiction Film" and "Picturing Paranoia: Interpreting Invasion of the Body Snatchers" copyright © 2008 by Steven M. Sanders Copyright © 2008 by The University Press of Kentucky Scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth, serving Bellarmine University, Berea College, Centre College of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, The Filson Historical Society, Georgetown College, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Transylvania University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University. All rights reserved. Editorial and Sales Offices: The University Press of Kentucky 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508-4008 12 11 10 09 08 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data The philosophy of science fiction film I edited by Steven M. Sanders. p. cm. - (The philosophy of popular culture) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8131-2472-8 (hardcover: alk. paper) 1. Science fiction films-History and criticism. I. Sanders, Steven, 1945- PN1995.9.S26P49 2008 791.43'615-dc22 2007038230 This book is printed on acid-free recycled paper meeting the requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence in Paper for Printed Library Materials. §@ Manufactured in the United States of America. ~.AT A,.!!'.,; Member of the Association of 'I~ American University Presses FEB 1 5 2008 In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, parody or satire.
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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE FICTION FILM Steven M. Sanders Over the last decade there has been a significant shift in the attitudes of phi- losophers as they have become increasingly receptive to the opportunity to apply methods of philosophical inquiry to film, television, and other areas of popular culture. In fact, receptive is far too mild a word to describe the enthusiasm with which many philosophers now embrace popular culture. The authors of the essays included in this volume have genuine affection for science fiction feature films and the expertise to describe, explain, analyze, and evaluate the story lines, conflicts, and philosophically salient themes in them. Their contributions are designed to promote an understanding of the very considerable extent to which philosophy and science fiction are thematically interdependent insofar as science fiction provides materials for philosophical thinking about the logical possibility and
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