Blade Runner 2049: A Philosophical Exploration

1st Edition

Timothy Shanahan, Paul Smart

October 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138625334 - CAT# K390615
Series: Philosophers on Film

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Widely acclaimed as a future classic on its release, Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is both visually stunning and philosophically profound and provocative film. Extending the story of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, it is a cinematically stunning achievement in its own right. Containing specially commissioned chapters by a roster of international contributors, this fascinating collection explores the philosophical questions that abound in Blade Runner 2049, including:

  • What does it mean to be "real"?
  • What distinguishes the authentically "human" person from the mere simulacrum?
  • What are the essential conditions for personhood?
  • How does the fact of being born inform one’s experience of being-in-the-world?
  • How might shared memories feature in the constitution of personal identities?
  • What happens when created beings transcend the limits intended in their design?
  • Can a hologrammatic artificial intelligence have its own subjective experiences?
  • To what degree are all conscious experiences akin to controlled hallucinations?
  • What essential feature defines intimate relationships of romance, sex, and love?
  • How might developing artificial economics impact our behaviour as prosumers?
  • What are the implications of techno-human enhancement in an era of surveillance capitalism?
  • How might distinct cinematic worlds nevertheless be narratively "interlinked"?
  • What, if anything, can we really know about fictional truths?

Including a foreword by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049: A Philosophical Exploration is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, film studies, philosophy of mind, psychology, gender studies, and conceptual issues in cognitive science and artificial intelligence.


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