Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside

Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside

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In Doctor Who and Philosophy, a team of mostly human philosophers (who are also fans) looks at the deeper issues raised by the Doctor's mind-blowing adventures. They discuss, among other topics, the Doctor's philosophy of science, the ethics of a universe with millions of intelligent species, what makes one life-form more important than another, whether…  See more details below

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In Doctor Who and Philosophy, a team of mostly human philosophers (who are also fans) looks at the deeper issues raised by the Doctor's mind-blowing adventures. They discuss, among other topics, the Doctor's philosophy of science, the ethics of a universe with millions of intelligent species, what makes one life-form more important than another, whether time travelers can change history, and how the Doctor Who TV show is changing the world we live in. The chapters draw freely on both the classic series (1963–1989) and the new series. The book includes a collection of entertaining and insightful quotes from Doctor Who plus a complete list of episodes and companions.

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“Opening this book is like opening the door to the TARDIS: we get to spend time with our favorite incarnations of the Doctor whether the First, the Fourth, the Eleventh, or Doctor-Donna, and ponder what it means to travel through time, grow a new personality, fall in love, sacrifice for a greater good, and experience the cosmos for all the wonder it is. Really, Doctor Who and Philosophy is even better than a Sonic Screwdriver.”

—JOSEF STEIFF, Professor of Film at Columbia College Chicago and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

“This dimensionally transcendental volume explains what the Doctor never gets around to until later: the basics of Gallifreyan philosophy and ethics, as translated through Earth’s philosophers. A fun, informative volume for folks interested in an introduction to philosophy through the vortex of Doctor Who.”

—LYNNE M. THOMAS, co-editor of Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It

“Lewis and Smithka have done all sapient species a brilliant service by introducing Doctor Who and Philosophy into the time continuum. Like the Doctor’s human companions, we get to travel through a universe of Big Ideas with a caring, clever, and, yes, conflicted friend. Next to a real TARDIS swooping down and carrying us off, nothing could beat the experience of reading this book.”

—PATRICK D. HOPKINS, editor of Sex/Machine

“Doctor Who and Philosophy makes you want to go right back to episodes like ‘Robot’ and ‘The Brain of Morbius’ so you can watch them again, now that you know what they’re really about. No series in the entire history of television has lit up all the beacons of classic philosophy like Doctor Who, and this brilliant book is chock full of Time Lord enlightenment.”

—ROB ARP, Consulting Ontologist and author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving

“An intriguing collection of essays that examines Doctor Who from every philosophical angle imaginable. Do you want theories and contradictions of time travel? It’s in there. Do you want a deep examination of the nature of identity, as understood through the Doctor and his regenerative ability? It’s in there, too, and it is considered from a variety of philosophical approaches. And so is much, much more. Lewis and Smithka have assembled a fascinating anthology, one that all Who fans, media scholars, and armchair philosophers should want on their shelves.”

—CHRIS HANSEN, editor of Ruminations, Peregrinations, and Regenerations: A Critical Approach to Doctor Who

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812696882
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
465,495
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 11.54(h) x 0.96(d)

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From the Publisher
Opening this book is like opening the door to the TARDIS: we get to spend time with our favorite incarnations of the Doctor whether the First, the Fourth, the Eleventh, or Doctor-Donna, and ponder what it means to travel through time, grow a new personality, fall in love, sacrifice for a greater good, and experience the cosmos for all the wonder it is. Really, Doctor Who and Philosophy is even better than a Sonic Screwdriver.”

—JOSEF STEIFF, Professor of Film at Columbia College Chicago and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

“This dimensionally transcendental volume explains what the Doctor never gets around to until later: the basics of Gallifreyan philosophy and ethics, as translated through Earth’s philosophers. A fun, informative volume for folks interested in an introduction to philosophy through the vortex of Doctor Who.”

—LYNNE M. THOMAS, co-editor of Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It

“Lewis and Smithka have done all sapient species a brilliant service by introducing Doctor Who and Philosophy into the time continuum. Like the Doctor’s human companions, we get to travel through a universe of Big Ideas with a caring, clever, and, yes, conflicted friend. Next to a real TARDIS swooping down and carrying us off, nothing could beat the experience of reading this book.”

—PATRICK D. HOPKINS, editor of Sex/Machine

“Doctor Who and Philosophy makes you want to go right back to episodes like ‘Robot’ and ‘The Brain of Morbius’ so you can watch them again, now that you know what they’re really about. No series in the entire history of television has lit up all the beacons of classic philosophy like Doctor Who, and this brilliant book is chock full of Time Lord enlightenment.”

—ROB ARP, Consulting Ontologist and author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving

“An intriguing collection of essays that examines Doctor Who from every philosophical angle imaginable. Do you want theories and contradictions of time travel? It’s in there. Do you want a deep examination of the nature of identity, as understood through the Doctor and his regenerative ability? It’s in there, too, and it is considered from a variety of philosophical approaches. And so is much, much more. Lewis and Smithka have assembled a fascinating anthology, one that all Who fans, media scholars, and armchair philosophers should want on their shelves.”

—CHRIS HANSEN, editor of Ruminations, Peregrinations, and Regenerations: A Critical Approach to Doctor Who

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Doctor Who and Philosophy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
ScholarAE More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant resource for anyone wanting to look at deeper issues in the old and new Doctor Who series. For literary, popular culture, and philosophy scholars interested in writing about Doctor Who, this is a must-have. Now we just need one of these for Torchwood.
Robert Cole More than 1 year ago
The book is a bit of a hodge-podge of views. Though it did make for engaging reading the majority of the book. I certainly enjoyed it and don't regret the purchase. At the same time I am far from certain I would enjoy another book in the series using other pop culture shows as a lens through which to view philosophical topics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Essential reading for journeys with our favorite Time Lord.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love david tennant and i do like matt smith, and i love that DW is on nooks and kindles!!!!!! q:D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People have been complaining that the newest doctor actor is too old. My reply is HE IS 2000 FRICKIN YEARS OLD. CUT HIM SOME GODDAMN SLACK. Bowties are cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! U must be a psycic!!! All my faves as well!!!
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This book is over 300 pages of interesting essays about our favorite Time Lord.
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Doctor who is the best show ever created. Probably one of the longest as well. My favorite doctor is Matt Smith but David Tennat comes in a close second. My favorite companion is Clara and then comes Amie Pond. Your revewer, Morgan B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David was, by far, the best Doctor. And he left so quickly! I swear, if they do not get rid of Smith in the new season withen the first few episodes, I doubt I can ever really enjoy the show again. Okay, Doctor Whooves was pretty good as well, but he DID abandon Ditzy Doo in season three.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all this looks super cool. But speaking of doctor who, who's not playing worlds in time yet? Come on anyone who's a fan should play.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It goes ding when there's stuff, and fezzes, bowties, & stetsons are totally cool. Allons-y !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Love Tennant the most he inspires my fashin and i think he is totally HAWT then I like Baker he wears fedoras and then i like smith because of all the hats he wears. Well got to watch the best David Tennant episodes and others with my friends from school. Well Allons-y Alonso!!!!!!! XD