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Though 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.    

But what exactly are the ethics of Star Trek?  Where do they come from?  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 questions:

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?  What would you 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? 

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What They're Saying About 
The Ethics of Star Trek 

“This book is not only a must-read for Trek fans truly interested in the legacy of Gene Roddenberry's creation, but also for any student of ethics, Trek and non-Trek fans alike. The Ethics of Star Trek is graced 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.”

Publishers Weekly

“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.”

Boulder Weekly

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