Philosophy and Star Trek


Is time travel possible? What is a person? Is this reality, or are we just brains in a vat? These are a few of the questions Professor Linda Wetzel poses in her Philosophy and Star Trek class at Georgetown University.

As a pop culture phenom that regularly addresses the ethics and implications of technology and space exploration, 'Star Trek' is a perfect catalyst for philosophical debate. Watching episodes is the cushy part of the syllabus; students also read works by great philosophers in order to hash out questions like: Can persons survive death? Can computers think? Is Data a person? As Spock himself would say: intriguing.

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