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Rationally Speaking on Philosophy and Science Fiction

April 24, 2013

The podcasting juggernaut known as Rationally Speaking directed one of its episodes to the topic of “better philosophy through science fiction.”

By its very nature, science fiction has always been particularly suited to philosophical exploration. In fact, some of the best science fiction novels, short stories, movies, and TV shows function like extended philosophical thought experiments: what might cloning tell us about our views on personal identity? If we could all take a pill to be happy, would we want to do that? In this episode, Massimo and Julia recall some of their favorite philosophically-rich science fiction, and debate the potential pitfalls in using science fiction to reach philosophical conclusions.

Listen to it here.

Update: Corrected the error in the title of the post.

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