Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside

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By:Courtland Lewis & Paula Smithka (ed.)
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Released:  November 2010
Publisher:  Open Court
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Cover blurb:
"Opening this book is like opening the door to the TARDIS: we get to spend time with our favorite incarnations of the Doctor whether the First, the Fourth, the Eleventh, or Doctor-Donna, and ponder what it means to travel through time, grow a new personality, fall in love, sacrifice for a greater good, and experience the cosmos for all the wonder it is. Really, Doctor Who and Philosophy is even better than a Sonic Screwdriver."
— JOSEF STEIFF, Professor of Film at Columbia College Chicago and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

"This dimensionally transcendental volume explains what the Doctor never gets around to until later: the basics of Gallifreyan philosophy and ethics, as translated through Earth’s philosophers. A fun, informative volume for folks interested in an introduction to philosophy through the vortex of Doctor Who."
— LYNNE M. THOMAS, co-editor of Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It

"Lewis and Smithka have done all sapient species a brilliant service by introducing Doctor Who and Philosophy into the time continuum. Like the Doctor’s human companions, we get to travel through a universe of Big Ideas with a caring, clever, and, yes, conflicted friend. Next to a real TARDIS swooping down and carrying us off, nothing could beat the experience of reading this book."
—PATRICK D> HOPKINS, editor of Sex/Machine

"Doctor Who and Philosophy makes you want to go right back to episodes like ‘Robot’ and ‘The Brain of Morbius’ so you can watch them again, now that you know what they’re really about. No series in the entire history of television has lit up all the beacons of classic philosophy like Doctor Who, and this brilliant book is chock full of Time Lord enlightenment."
—ROB ARP, Consulting Ontologist and author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving

“An intriguing collection of essays that examines Doctor Who from every philosophical angle imaginable. Do you want theories and contradictions of time travel? It’s in there. Do you want a deep examination of the nature of identity, as understood through the Doctor and his regenerative ability? It’s in there, too, and so is much, much more! All Who fans and armchair philosophers must have this in the library of their TARDIS."
—CHRIS HANSEN, editor of Ruminations, Peregrinations, and Regenerations: A Critical Approach to Doctor Who

COURTLAND LEWIS came to philosophy ultimately through Doctor Who, after his brother tried to explain regeneration to him when the Fourth Doctor became the Fifth Doctor. Court has contributed chapters to Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective (2010) and Ruminations, Peregrinations, and Regenerations: A Critical Approach to Doctor Who (2010).

PAULA SMITHKA had a deprived childhood: as an American growing up without cable, she missed her required shots of Doctor Who, and has been desperately trying to make up for it ever since. Paula is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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