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The X-Files and Philosophy: The Truth Is in Here

Category: Book
Edited By: Arp, Robert
Series: Popular Culture And Philosophy
Subject:  FICTION / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
  PHILOSOPHY / General
  PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Carus Publishing
Published: May 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*InThe X-Files and Philosophy, thirty-six fearless philosophers seek for the truth which is out there, in here, at least somewhere, or (as the postmodernists claim) nowhere. One big issue is whether the weird and unexplained happenings, including the existence of entities unknown to traditional science, might really exist. And if they did, what would be the proper way to behave towards them? Some of these entities seem to flout conventional laws of nature-but perhaps we need to allow for different, as yet undiscovered,laws. If such fabulous entities really exist, what do we owe them? And if they don't exist, why do we imagine they do? InThe X-Files, regular science is represented by Scully and usually turns out to be wrong, while open-minded credulity or pseudoscience is represented by Mulder and usually turns out to be right, or at least somehow on the right track. Scully demands objective, repeatable evidence, and she usually gets it, with Mulder's help, in astounding and unwelcome ways. What lessons should we take from the finding ofThe X-Files that respectable science is nearly always wrong and outrageous speculative imagination nearly always right?
Biographical NoteRobert Arp holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He is the author ofScenario Visualization (2008) and co-author of three books includingWhat's Good on TV (2011) and Philosophy DeMYSTifieD (2001). He is the editor of1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think (2013) and co-editor of at least a dozen other books, includingBatman and Philosophy (2008),South Park and Philosophy: You Know I Learned Something Today (2006),Breaking Bad and Philosophy (2012), andDownton Abbey and Philosophy.