Ender's Game and Philosophy: The Logic Gate is Down [NOOK Book]


Is the deception and manipulation of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin morally justified?

Is it ethical to use brilliant children as soldiers?

Can there ever really be peace between two completely different cultures?

Does Ender’s ‘final solution’ in the destruction of the ‘buggers’ accord with the ethics of conducting warfare?

Few books are considered ...

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Ender's Game and Philosophy: The Logic Gate is Down

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Is the deception and manipulation of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin morally justified?

Is it ethical to use brilliant children as soldiers?

Can there ever really be peace between two completely different cultures?

Does Ender’s ‘final solution’ in the destruction of the ‘buggers’ accord with the ethics of conducting warfare?

Few books are considered to be both the best science fiction novel of all time, and useful for teaching actual military strategy. Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is just such a book, depicting highly trained child geniuses saving the world from insect-like alien ‘buggers’. Timed for its release to coincide with the release of a motion picture adaptation of the novel, this book dissects key questions raised by Card and his legions of fans, including the ethics of child soldiers, the morality of tactics and technology in warfare, genocide, interspecies communication, and much more.

The contemporary relevance of Ender’s Game can hardly be overstated: until recently it was on the US Marine Corps professional reading list. This compelling collection unpicks the warp and woof of philosophical references that form the novel’s themes and narrative arc, and is a major addition to the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series. 
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With its penetrating recreations of education, war, and culture, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game military science fiction novel series seems a natural subject for John Wiley's Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series. This rich anthology proves it is. Its topics are diverse: the clash of cultures; friendship; good intentions; the just war; "Do good games make good people?"; the politics of power; and the power of teachers. Another winner in a stellar paperback original series. (P.S. The much anticipated Ender's Game film, starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Abigail Breslin, opens on November 1st.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118386583
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/26/2013
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 458,080
  • File size: 397 KB

Meet the Author

Kevin S. Decker is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Education at Eastern Washington University, USA. He specializes in researching American pragmatism, Continental philosophy, ethics, philosophy in popular culture, and social theory. Professor Decker has co-edited a string of books on the links between philosophy and popular culture, including Star Wars and Philosophy (2005, with Jason T. Eberl), Star Trek and Philosophy (2008, also with Jason T. Eberl), and, with Richard Brown, Terminator and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell 2009).

William Irwin is Professor of Philosophy at King’s College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Superman and Philosophy, Black Sabbath and Philosophy, and Spider-Man and Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Ender’s Game? 1

Part One THIRD: The Making of an Impossible Child 7

1 “The Teachers Got Me Into This”: Educational Skirmishes … with a Pinch of Freedom 9
Cam Cobb

2 Illusions of Freedom, Tragedies of Fate: The Moral Development of Ender Wiggin 21
Jeremy Proulx

3 Xenocide’s Paradox: The Virtue of Being Ender 32
Jeff Ewing

4 Teaching to the Test: Constructing the Identity of a Space Commander 41
Chad William Timm

Part Two GAME: Cooperation or Confrontation? 53

5 The Enemy’s Gate Is Down: Perspective, Empathy, and Game Theory 55
Andrew Zimmerman Jones

6 War Games as Child’s Play 66
Matthew Brophy

7 Forming the Formless: Sunzi and the Military Logic of Ender Wiggin 78
Morgan Deane

8 Do Good Games Make Good People? 89
Brendan P. Shea

Part Three HIVE-QUEEN: All Together Now 99

9 Bugger All!: The Clash of Cultures in Ender’s Game 101
Cole Bowman

10 Why Ender Can’t Go Home: Philotic Connections and Moral Responsibility 112
Brett Chandler Patterson

11 Of Gods and Buggers: Friendship in Ender’s Game 124
Jeffery L. Nicholas

Part Four WAR: Kill or Be Killed 137

12 “I Destroy Them”: Ender, Good Intentions, and Moral Responsibility 139
Lance Belluomini

13 Ender’s Beginning and the Just War 151
James L. Cook

14 “You Had to Be a Weapon, Ender … We Aimed You”: Moral Responsibility in Ender’s Game 163
Danielle Wylie

15 The Unspoken Rules of Manly Warfare: Just War Theory in Ender’s Game 175
Kody W. Cooper

Part Five HEGEMON: The Terrible Things Are Only About to Begin 187

16 Locke and Demosthenes: Virtually Dominating the World 189
Kenneth Wayne Sayles III

17 Ender’s Dilemma: Realism, Neoliberalism, and the Politics of Power 202
Ted Henry Brown and Christie L. Maloyed

18 People Are Tools 212
Greg Littmann

Convening Authorities of the Court Martial of Colonel Hyrum Graff 224

The Ansible Index 230

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    To below

    I totally disagree with you. I've read and seen the Hunger Games and read and seen Ender's Game. Completely different things. Ender's Game wins by a long run for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Sory enderman fans im a hater

    I hate this book its like a dry desert and he wants to leave boring lame eronimo stilton is better and its for 2nd graders id subjest u read the hunger games katniss rules

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013


    Normal book is awesome

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