the world of Star Trek is clearly set
in the future, its attitudes, politics and culture have always reflected the
mores of today. That’s why this
phenomenal series has kept us fascinated, challenged, inspired — as well as
entertained — for more than 40 years. From the original adventures of Kirk, Spock and McCoy to the
2009 reincarnation by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek reminds us that even in the brave new world of the 24th
century, the deepest questions of morality and ethics must still be answered.
The fundamental principles that have always guided our heroes are indeed
powerful enough to provide direction in our own lives.
what exactly are the ethics of
Where do they come
Are these principles always the same from series to series?
What do they mean for us today? Using episodes from all four
Star Trek series, as well as examples from Plato, Aristotle, and
other great philosophers from the past,
THE ETHICS OF STAR TREK
explores the answers to these and other ethical
Who really benefits from justice?
How do you pull yourself together when you’ve been split in two?
If the Prime Directive is so inviolable, why does Kirk always seem to break it?
What’s more important, the intentions of our actions or the results we get?
Does absolute power really corrupt absolutely?
do with the power of Q?
Are rational beings the only life forms entitled to our respect?
What would it mean if, deep down, everyone really were a Ferengi?
of Star Trek
“This book is not only
a must-read for Trek fans
in the legacy
of Gene Roddenberry's
creation, but also for
any student of
and non-Trek fans alike. The Ethics of Star Trek
with a depth
of clarity and logic
which every reader
will find a rich
and rewarding experience.”
“Trekkies will want to beam this book up to their shelves.”
“The writing is
non-technical and accessible, and this book, with its focus on a piece of
popular culture, can be a useful introduction to the various philosophical
schools of thought.”
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