Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film - Politics, Literature, & Film (Hardback)
  • The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film - Politics, Literature, & Film (Hardback)
zoom

The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film - Politics, Literature, & Film (Hardback)

(author)
£52.95
Hardback 162 Pages / Published: 07/10/2016
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film provides an exploration of the relationship between modern technological progress and classical liberalism. Each chapter provides a detailed analysis of a film or novel, including Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Michael Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. These works of fiction are examined through the lens of political thinkers ranging from Plato to Hannah Arendt. The compatibility of classical liberalism and technology is questioned, using fiction as a window into Western society's views on politics, economics, religion, technology, and the family. This project explores the intersection between human nature and creation, particularly artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, using works of literature and film to access cultural concerns. Each of the works featured asks a question about the relationship between technology and creation. Technology also allows humanity to create new types of life in the forms of artificial intelligence and genetically engineered beings. This book studies works of literature and film as evidence of the contemporary unease with the progress of technology and its effect on the political realm.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498509923
Number of pages: 162
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 245 x 159 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The Politics of Perfection shows why and how philosophic thinking need not be confined to formal works of philosophy. Literature and film, when viewed with an eye towards important questions, provide essential fodder to explore life's most challenging unknowns. Hale's analysis helps her readers ask questions about whether or not there is a moral character to science and whether or not there is a human nature. In the end, she explains why it is necessary to ensure the moral character of our society by protecting the rights of the individual to life and liberty.
Working at the intersection of literature, film, and philosophy, Hale is able to show the ways artifacts of pop culture are imbued with philosophical insights and the ways political philosophy is both art and science. Her lucid prose makes this book accessible to students and teachers alike. By working through film and literature known well among the artifacts of popular culture, this book is likely to reach a conscientious public for whom technology is simultaneously a threat and a solution. -- Eduardo Velasquez, Independent Scholar

You may also be interested in...

The Clash Of Civilizations
Added to basket
The Politics Book
Added to basket
DK
£16.99
Hardback
Edmund Burke
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
On Anarchism
Added to basket
£6.00
Paperback
Inventing the Individual
Added to basket
The Prince
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
The Portable Hannah Arendt
Added to basket
The Prince
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Politics
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Prince
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
Leviathan
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Identity and Violence
Added to basket
Utopia
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
The Concept of Law
Added to basket
£29.49
Paperback
Utopia
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.