Widely acclaimed as a future classic on its release, Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is visually stunning, philosophically profound, and a provocative extension of the story in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Containing specially commissioned chapters by a roster of international contributors, this fascinating collection explores the philosophical questions that abound in Blade Runner 2049, including:
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.
"To think that Blade Runner 2049 sparked such conversations and stimulated such reflections about humanity and artificial intelligence sincerely deeply moves me… That is one of the reasons I love the very existence of this book." - Denis Villeneuve, Director of Blade Runner 2049
Foreword Denis Villeneuve
Introduction Timothy Shanahan and Paul Smart
1. We’re All Just Looking Out for Something Real Timothy Shanahan
2. The Alphabet of Us: Miracles, Messianism, and the Baseline Test in Blade Runner 2049 Stephen Mulhall
3. The "Miracle" of Replicant Reproduction Fiona Woollard
4. Being-from-Birth: Natality and Narrative Brian Treanor
5. The Best Memories: Identity, Narrative, and Objects Richard Heersmink and Christopher Jude McCarroll
6. Breaking the Code: Strong Agency and Becoming a Person Robert W. Clowes
7. The Joi of Holograms Paul Smart
8. Androids Dream of Virtual Sheep Wanja Wiese and Thomas Metzinger
9. Her Eyes Were Green: Intimate Relationships in Blade Runner 2049 Timothy Shanahan
10. Artificial Economics Paul Smart
11. The Eyes of God Nigel Shadbolt and Paul Smart
12. What Am I to You? The Deck-a-Rep Debate and the Question of Fictional Truth Timothy Shanahan.
'The true significance of film for philosophy, and of philosophy for film, cannot be established in abstract or general terms. It can only be measured in and through individual philosophers' attempts to account for their experience of specific films. This series promises to provide a productive context for that indispensable enterprise.' – Stephen Mulhall, Fellow and Reader in Philosophy, New College, Oxford
Film is increasingly used to introduce and discuss key topics and problems in philosophy, whilst some films raise important philosophical questions of their own. Yet until now, dependable resources for those studying and teaching philosophy and film have been limited. Philosophers on Film answers this growing need and is the first series of its kind. Each volume assembles a team of international contributors who explore a single film in depth. Beginning with an introduction by the editor, each specially-commissioned chapter discusses a key aspect of the film in question.
Additional features include a biography of the director and suggestions for further reading, making the series ideal for anyone studying philosophy, film and anyone with a general interest in the philosophical dimensions of cinema.