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RL-Nanoethics-9a - Science Fiction, Philosophy, and the...

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Science Fiction, Philosophy, and the Future Nanoethics Lecture IX Roderick T. Long Auburn Dept. of Philosophy
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Origin of Science Fiction As a distinctive literary genre, science fiction originates in the 19th century Why?
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Origin of Science Fiction The Industrial Revolution showed that technology could dramatically alter our lives – for better, or worse, or some of each
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Origin of Science Fiction The French and American Revolutions showed that political and sociological changes could do likewise
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Origin of Science Fiction Result: the expectation that the future can and will be different from the past – that current forms of technology and social organisation may give way to new and very different ones This is a new outlook, and demands a new genre to explore it
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Cautionary Note If you know science fiction only through movies and tv shows rather than through novels and short stories, then you know it in what is ( usually – there are honourable exceptions!) its least sophisticated, least thoughtful form
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Mary Shelley Mary Shelley (1797-1851), a pioneer of science fiction, was the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, pioneer of feminism, and of William Godwin, pioneer of anarchism; her husband was Percy Shelley, romantic poet and political radical In short, she was deeply immersed in the futurist thought of her day
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Her novel Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus (1818) dramatizes a scientist’s
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course PHIL 110 taught by Professor Markjones during the Winter '11 term at BYU.

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