Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)

The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates

Summary Edit

From the back cover
Can a starship captain be both great and moral? Can Vulcans and androids really have (or be) friends? What is it like to be a hologram, shapeshifter, or incorporeal entity? Why do the Borg frighten us so much? Is there room for God in the Star Trek universe? Is Q just a sadistic pest or a provocateur of human advancement?
The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy boldly goes where no book has gone before in pursuit of a greater philosophical understanding of the galaxy's final frontier. It reunites the editors of Star Trek and Philosophy with Starfleet's finest experts for 30 new, highly logical essays to provide a thorough examination of the Star Trek universe – from the original series to the most recent films directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). The essays introduce important concepts in philosophy through the vast array of provocative issues raised by the series, such as the ethics of the Prime Directive, Star Trek's philosophy of peace, Data and Voyager's Doctor as persons, moral relativism and the Federation's quest for liberation, the effect of alternate universes on reality and identity, the Borg as transhumanists, Federation Trekonomics, and Star Trek's secular society. Available in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the endlessly inventive and beloved Star Trek franchise, this is an enterprising and enlightening voyage into deep space that will appeal to hardcore fans and science fiction enthusiasts alike.

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.