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Westworld and Philosophy


Westworld and Philosophy


The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series 1. Aufl.

von: William Irwin, James B. South, Kimberly S. Engels

11,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 03.04.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9781119437987
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 280

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“We can’t define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there’s something special about the way we perceive the world, and yet we live in loops as tight and as closed as the hosts do, seldom questioning our choices, content, for the most part, to be told what to do next.” —Dr. Robert Ford, Westworld  Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? HBO’s Westworld, a high-concept cerebral television series which explores the emergence of artificial consciousness at a futuristic amusement park, raises numerous questions about the nature of consciousness and its bearing on the divide between authentic and artificial life. Are our choices our own? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Why do violent delights have violent ends? Could machines ever have the moral edge over man? Does consciousness create humanity, or humanity consciousness? In Westworld and Philosophy, philosophers, filmmakers, scientists, activists, and ethicists ask the questions you’re not supposed to ask and suggest the answers you’re not supposed to know. There’s a deeper level to this game, and this book charts a course through the maze of the mind, examining how we think about humans, hosts, and the world around us on a journey toward self-actualization. Essays explore different facets of the show’s philosophical puzzles, including the nature of autonomy as well as the pursuit of liberation and free thought, while levying a critical eye at the human example as Westworld’s hosts ascend to their apotheosis in a world scarred and defined by violent acts.  The perfect companion for Westworld fans who want to exit the park and bend their minds around the philosophy behind the scenes, Westworld and Philosophy will enrich the experience of the show for its viewers and shed new light on its enigmatic twists and turns.
Contributors: Hosts and Guests viii Acknowledgments: “Figuring out how it all works” xv Introduction: Taking Sides in Westworld 1 Part I “You Said This Place Was a Game” 3 1 On Playing Cowboys and Indians 5Don Fallis 2 A Special Kind of Game 15Nicholas Moll 3 Humans and Hosts in Westworld 26Marcus Arvan Part II “You’re Only Human, After All” 39 4 Crossing the Uncanny Valley 41Siobhan Lyons 5 Revealing Your Deepest Self 50Jason T. Eberl 6 Westworld 61Onni Hirvonen Part III “We Can’t Define Consciousness Because Consciousness Does Not Exist” 71 7 Turing’s Dream and Searle’s Nightmare in Westworld 73Lucia Carrillo González 8 What Is it like to Be a Host? 79Bradley Richards 9 Does the Piano Play Itself? 90Michael Versteeg and Adam Barkman Part IV “Choices Hanging in the Air Like Ghosts” 103 10 Maeve’s Dilemma: What Does it Mean to be Free? 105Marco Antonio Azevedo and Ana Azevedo 11 “A Place to Be Free” 114Joshua D. Crabill 12 From William to the Man in Black 125Kimberly S. Engels Part V “I’ve Always Loved a Great Story…Lies That Told a Deeper Truth” 137 13 Hideous Fictions and Horrific Fates 139Madeline Muntersbjorn 14 Narrating Gender, Gendering Narrative, and Engendering Wittgenstein’s “Rough Ground” in Westworld 150Lizzie Finnegan 15 The Observer(s) System and the Semiotics of Virtuality in Westworld’s Characters 162Patricia Trapero?]Llobera 16 What Does Bernard Dream About When He Dreams About His Son? 173Oliver Lean Part VI “I Choose to See the Beauty” 183 17 The Dueling Productions of Westworld: Self?]Referential Art or Meta?]Kitsch? 185Michael Forest and Thomas Beckley?]Forest 18 Beauty, Dominance, Humanity: Three Takes on Nudity in Westworld 196Matthew Meyer 19 Sci?]Fi Western or Ancient Greek Tragedy? 206Caterina Ludovica Baldini Part VII “You Can’t play God Without Being Acquainted With the Devil” 217 20 Of Hosts and Men 219François Jaquet and Florian Cova 21 Violent Births 229Anthony Petros Spanakos 22 The Wretched of Westworld 239Dan Dinello Index
JAMES B. SOUTH is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean for Faculty in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University. KIMBERLY S. ENGELS is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York where she teaches courses in ethics, biomedical ethics, and contemporary philosophy.
PHILOSOPHY/POP CULTURE "We can't define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there's something special about the way we perceive the world, and yet we live in loops as tight and as closed as the hosts do, seldom questioning our choices, content, for the most part, to be told what to do next." —Dr. Robert Ford, Westworld Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? HBO's Westworld, a high-concept cerebral television series which explores the emergence of artificial consciousness at a futuristic amusement park, raises numerous questions about the nature of consciousness and its bearing on the divide between authentic and artificial life. Are our choices our own? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Why do violent delights have violent ends? Could machines ever have the moral edge over man? Does consciousness create humanity, or humanity consciousness? In Westworld and Philosophy, philosophers, filmmakers, scientists, activists, and ethicists ask the questions you're not supposed to ask and suggest the answers you're not supposed to know. There's a deeper level to this game, and this book charts a course through the maze of the mind, examining how we think about humans, hosts, and the world around us on a journey toward self-actualization. Essays explore different facets of the show's philosophical puzzles, including the nature of autonomy as well as the pursuit of liberation and free thought, while levying a critical eye at the human example as Westworld's hosts ascend to their apotheosis in a world scarred and defined by violent acts. The perfect companion for Westworld fans who want to exit the park and bend their minds around the philosophy behind the scenes, Westworld and Philosophy will enrich the experience of the show for its viewers and shed new light on its enigmatic twists and turns.

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