Edited by Amy Coplan, David Davies
Routledge – 2013 – 186 pages
Series: Philosophers on Film
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is widely regarded as a "masterpiece of modern cinema" and is regularly ranked as one of the great films of all time. Set in a dystopian future where the line between human beings and ‘replicants’ is blurred, the film raises a host of philosophical questions from what it is to be human and to the nature of consciousness.
This is the first book to explore and address these questions and more from a philosophical point of view. Beginning with a helpful introduction, specially commissioned chapters examine the following questions:
Including a biography of the director and annotated further reading at the end of each chapter, Blade Runner is essential reading for students interested in philosophy and film studies.
1. IntroductionAmy Coplan and David Davies 2. Why Humans Dream of Emotional MachinesColin Allen 3. More Human than Human: Blade Runner Replicants, and Being-Toward Death Peter Atterton 4. "If Only You Could See What I Have Seen with Your Eyes": Form and Content in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner Amy Coplan 5. Blade Runner, "Electric Sheep", and the Cognitive Values of Fictional NarrativesDavid Davies 6. Elegy in L.A.: Blade Runner, Empathy and DeathBerys Gaut 7. Zhora Through the Looking Glass: Notes on an Esper Analysis of Leon’s Photograph Stephen Mulhall 8. Replicant Love: Blade Runner Voight-KampffedC.D.C. Reeve. Index
Amy Coplan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University - Fullerton, USA. She is the editor (with Peter Goldie) of Empathy: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives. (2011).
David Daviesis a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University, Canada. He is the author of Art as Performance (2004), Aesthetics and Literature (2007), and in this series The Thin Red Line (Routledge, 2009).