How to Live Forever: Science Fiction and Philosophy

Routledge (1995)
Immortality has long preoccupied everyone from alchemists to science fiction writers. In this intriguing investigation, Stephen Clark contends that the genre of science fiction writing enables the investigation of philosophical questions about immortality without the constraints of academic philosophy. He shows how fantasy accounts of phenomena such as resurrection, outer body experience, reincarnation or life extending medicines can be related to philosophy in interesting ways. Reading Western myths such as that of vampire, he examines the ways fear and hopes of immortality are an intrinsic part of Western culture and philosophy. As one of the first works to suggest the use of science fiction in the study of philosophy, Clark creates a ground for intellectual, philosophical and experimental inquiry.
Keywords Science fiction History and criticism  Immortality in literature  Literature Philosophy
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Call number PN3433.6.C53 1995
ISBN(s) 0415126266   9780415126267  
DOI 10.1093/bjps/48.2.310
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