2022 | Science Fiction and Political Philosophy – From Bacon to Black Mirror

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fiction and the Science of Self-Reflection: Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis and the Idols of the Mind

Chapter 2: Utopianism and Realism in Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Chapter 3: Frankenstein and the Ugliness of Enlightenment,

Chapter 4: Technology and Anxiety in Melville’s Lightning-Rod Man

Chapter 5: The Head, the Hands, and the Heart: Political Rationalism in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

Chapter 6: Technology and Human Nature in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

Chapter 7: An Exhortation to Secure Humanity against the Buggers: Ender’s Game

Chapter 8: Seeing and Being Seen in the Kingdom of Ends: On Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, and Star Trek: The Next Generation

Chapter 9: Knowledge of Death in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

Chapter 10: Founding a Posthuman Political Order in M. R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts

Chapter 11: Bacon, Transhumanism, and Reflections from the Black Mirror