By D. E. Wittkower
In Philip ok. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids have Kindred Spirits?, thirty-four Dick fanatics thinkers confront the attention-grabbing and scary rules raised via Dick's striking fantasies. Is there an alien international in the back of the typical truth we event? If androids can move as human, should still they take delivery of an analogous attention as people? Do psychotics have insights right into a mystical truth? could wisdom of the long run loose us or enslave us? This quantity additionally comprises Dick brief tales: "Beyond Lies the Wub," and "The Eyes Have It."
Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy explores the information of Philip ok. Dick within the similar method that he did: with an earnest wish to comprehend the reality of the area, yet with no falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick's paintings used to be replete with whimsical and absurdist shows of the best demanding situations to cause and to humanity--paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure--and even at his darkest instances he used to be in a position to preserve a few standpoint and humor, as for instance in picking out to call himself 'Horselover fats' in VALIS even as he relates his own non secular epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With an identical earnest whimsy, we process Philip okay. Dick as a thinker like ourselves--one who wrote virtually completely in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, yet who engaged with a number of the maximum questions of philosophy during the Euro-American tradition.
Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy has a lot to supply for either critical lovers who've learn a lot of his novels and tales, and in the event you can have only recently realized his identify and learned that his paintings has been the muse for numerous famous and thought-provoking movies. such a lot chapters commence with a number of of the flicks in accordance with Dick's writing. From right here, the authors delve deeper into the problems by way of bringing in philosophers' views and by way of bringing in Dick's written paintings. The ebook invitations the reader with an off-the-cuff familiarity with Dick to get to understand his paintings, and invitations the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to profit extra. even as, now we have new views and not easy connections and interpretations for even the main hard-core Dick fanatics, although we by no means converse to "insiders" only.
The booklet prominently addresses the main widely-known movies: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. in addition to those "big 5" movies, a number of chapters handle his final novels, specially VALIS, that have an important cult following in their personal. There also are chapters which handle brief tales and novels that are at the moment deliberate for model: Radio loose Albemuth (film accomplished, expecting distribution), The guy within the excessive Castle (in improvement through Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and "King of the Elves" (Disney, deliberate for unencumber in 2013).