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By Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl

Philosophy and area shuttle are characterised by way of an analogous basic goal: exploration. an important advisor for either philosophers and Trekkers, Star Trek and Philosophy combines a philosophical spirit of inquiry with the loved tv and picture sequence to contemplate questions not just in regards to the clinical clients of interstellar go back and forth but in addition the inward trip to ascertain the human situation.

The expansive themes diversity from the chances for communique between diversified cultural backgrounds to questions about the stoic temperament exhibited by way of Vulcans to Ferengi company practices. in particular selected to wreck new flooring in exploring the philosophical dimensions of Star Trek, those articles boldly move the place no thinker has long gone sooner than.

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In all trust, there is the possibility of betrayal. I’m not sure you were prepared for that. DATA: Were you prepared, sir? RIKER: I don’t think anybody ever is. DATA: Hmm. Then it is better not to trust. RIKER: Without trust, there’s no friendship, no closeness. None of the emotional bonds that make us who we are. DATA: And yet you put yourself at risk. RIKER: Every single time. DATA: Perhaps I am fortunate, sir, to be spared the emotional consequences. RIKER: Perhaps. 3 See Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1999), Book II, Chapters 5–7.

With all its pure logic . . V’Ger is barren . . cold. No mystery. No beauty . . Jim . . this [Spock takes hold of Kirk’s hand] . . simple feeling . . is beyond V’Ger’s comprehension. No meaning, no hope. Jim . . no answers. It’s asking questions. “Is this . . all that I am? ” —Star Trek: The Motion Picture V’Ger was reaching out to its creator for answers. It was returning to its place of origin to become one with the creator, not knowing that humanity was the creator, not realizing that the only way to fulfill its needs was to become one with humanity.

SPOCK: I have. 33 Star Trek & Philosophy 34 10/30/08 10:34 AM Page 34 Harald Thorsrud DATA: In effect, you have abandoned what I have sought all my life. We might say that they’re only expressing personal preferences, and so they can both be right. A rich emotional life would be better for Data and the dispassionate life would be better for Spock. But this won’t do. Although it’s not immediately obvious, what they disagree about is the nature of emotion itself. Spock believes that emotion interferes with the proper functioning of reason and that we’re better off when reason is in charge since logic is the most reliable way to achieve our desired goals (“The Galileo Seven,” TOS).

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