Avatar and Philosophy :

Dunn, George A.

Avatar and Philosophy : Learning to See. - 1st ed. - 1 online resource (272 pages) - The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Ser. . - The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Ser. .

Cover -- The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series -- Avatar and Philosophy: Learning to See -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments: I See These People -- Introduction: Time to Wake Up -- Part I Seeing Eywa: "I'm With Her, Jake. She's Real!" -- 1 The Silence of Our Mother: Eywa as the Voice of Feminine Care Ethics -- How Can You See, with Jujubes for Eyes? -- The Gifts of Our Mother -- The Work of Our Mother -- Mother Takes Sides -- Notes -- 2 "Eywa Will Provide": Pantheism, Christianity, and the Value of Nature -- "They're Fly-Bitten Savages Who Live in a Tree" -- "You Are Not in Kansas Anymore. You Are on Pandora" -- "We Will See If Your Insanity Can Be Cured" -- "She's Always Going on About … the Spirits of Animals" -- "The Most Hostile Environment Known to Man" -- "I See You, Brother, and Thank You" -- Notes -- 3 The Tantra of Avatar -- Weaving with Eywa -- "These Dreams of Flying" -- Divine, Mind-Blowing Bliss -- "Maybe You Should Teach Me" -- Tasting the Nectar -- Alien Sex and Sandstone Temples -- "I Don't Want to Be Late for My Own Party" -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Part II Seeing the Na'vi: "You Will Teach Him Our Ways" -- 4 Learning to See the Na'vi -- The Company Man, the Colonel, and the Grunts -- Good Observation Isn't Seeing -- "I Need to Take Some Samples" -- Jake, Empty Cup of the Jarhead Clan -- Loving and Learning -- Notes -- 5 It Doesn't Take an Avatar: How to Empathize with a Blue-Skinned Alien -- "A Demon in a False Body" -- "I'd Say We Understand Them Just Fine" -- "No One Can Teach You to See" -- "My Cup Is Empty" -- "I Fell in Love" -- "I Didn't Sign Up for This Shit" -- Notes -- 6 "I See You" through a Glass Darkly: Avatar and the Limits of Empathy -- Empathy in Blue -- Empathy Versus the Vulcan Mind Meld -- Empathy, Tsaheylu, and the iPod -- "Get Out of My Head!" Tsaheylu and Mirror Neurons. How the Video Log Helps Us Think: The Extended Mind Hypothesis -- Norm Spellman's Homework: The Socially Extended Mind -- Nature, Culture, and USB Portals -- Notes -- Part III Seeing Nature: "Try to See the Forest through Her Eyes" -- 7 Seeing the Na'vi Way: Respecting Life and Mind in All Organisms -- "They Killed Their Mother": The High Price of Insanity -- Philosophers, Dogs, and Viperwolves -- Seeing through the Eye of Eywa -- Wild Justice for All -- Where There's Life, There's Mind -- "More Connections Than the Human Brain" -- Last Shadow -- Notes -- 8 They're Not Just Goddamn Trees: Hegel's Philosophy of Nature and the Avatar of Spirit -- Spirit-"Driven" Avatars -- The Hungry Na'vi -- "Just Goddamn Trees" -- The Romantic Alternative: "Feel Her" -- The Dialectical Alternative: "All Energy Is Borrowed" -- "The Eye of Eywa" -- Notes -- 9 "Everything Is Backwards Now": Avatar, Anthropocentrism, and Relational Reason -- Deep Humanity in an Alien Avatar -- "Out There Is the True World" -- "Lost in the Woods" -- "Everything Is Backwards Now" -- Notes -- Part IV Seeing Our Bodies: "They've Got Great Muscle Tone" -- 10 The Identity of Avatars and Na'vi Wisdom -- The Continuity of the Self: Your Future Is in His Hands1 -- The Body and the Self: Nothing on Earth Could Come between Them -- Na'vi Wisdom: An Extreme Taste of Reality -- The Identity of Avatars: It's Nothing Personal -- Notes -- 11 "I Got This": Disability, Stigma, and Jake Sully's Rejected Body -- "That Is Just Wrong" -- "Maybe I Was Sick of Doctors Telling Me What I Couldn't Do" -- Is Jake Just a Gamer? -- "Yeah, Baby, I Got This!" -- "One Life Ends, Another Begins" -- Notes -- 12 "See the World We Come From": Spiritual versus Technological Transcendence in Avatar -- Not Mad Scientists -- Science as Salvation: Über-Na'vi Messiah -- Transhumanist Mind Transfer and the Ghost in the Avatar. "Through the Eye of Eywa" -- Spiritual Evolution: Transcending the Human -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Part V Seeing Our Political Communities: "Sky People Cannot See" -- 13 "We Will Fight Terror with Terror": Avatar and Just War Theory -- "They Attacked Me! How Am I the Bad Guy?" -- "There Was a Sign from Eywa" -- "I Was a Warrior Who Dreamed He Could Bring Peace" -- "It'll Be Humane. More or Less" -- "Find Me a Carrot That'll Get Them to Move, Otherwise It's Gonna Have to Be All Stick" -- "I Was Hoping for Some Sort of Tactical Plan that Didn't Involve Martyrdom" -- "We Will See If Your Insanity Can Be Cured" -- Notes -- 14 The Community and the Individual in Avatar -- "We'd Like to Talk to You about Taking Over His Contract" -- "Think You Can Do That for Me, Son?" -- "Protect the People" -- Bio-Communitarianism -- A Cautionary Tale -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- 15 Avatar and Colonialism -- Cutting Pandora into Two -- Building Roads for "Blue Monkeys" -- "I'd Say We Understand Them Just Fine, Thanks to Jake Here" -- Leaving Pandora -- "White Savior" in a Blue Body -- Notes -- Part VI Seeing Our Ethical Responsibilities: "Sometimes Your Entire Life Boils Down to One Insane Move" -- 16 "All That Cheddar": Lessons in Business Ethics from the RDA Corporation -- Business as Boxing -- "I Didn't Make Up the Rules" -- Who Owns Hometree? -- "Are You Gonna Kill Children?" -- "Blue Monkeys" and "Fly-Bitten Savages" -- Ethical Sleight of Hand -- Rationalizing in a Galaxy Far, Far Away -- "You Don't Want That Kind of Blood on Your Hands" -- Humanity, Inc. -- Notes -- 17 "We Have an Indigenous Population of Humanoids Called the Na'vi": Native American Philosophy in Avatar -- Scott Pratt's Native Pragmatism -- The Principle of Interaction -- The Principle of Pluralism -- The Principle of Community -- The Principle of Growth -- Acknowledgments -- Notes. 18 I See Animals: The Na'vi and Respect for Other Creatures -- C-Fibers, Hammerheads, and Zoe Saldana -- Do Hexapedes Grieve? Should Prolemurises Vote? -- This Consent Is Killing Me -- "Excuse Me. This Is My Video-Log Here" -- "Personally, I Don't Feel These Tree-Hugging Traitors Deserve Steak" -- "I See You, Brother" - And Kill You! -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Part VII Seeing the Movie: "You Are Not Gonna Believe Where I Am" -- 19 The Digital Cabinet of Curiosities: Avatar and the Phenomenology of 3D Worlds -- The Na'vi on Main Street -- Running with Jake in the Recreation Yard -- The Na'vi on the Other Side of the Keyhole -- The Two Jakes -- Into the Third Dimension -- But Is Avatar Too Real? -- Ecology and Special Effects -- Notes -- Notes on Contributors: Our Avatar Drivers -- Index: My Last Video Log.

James Cameron's critically acclaimed movie Avatar was nominated for nine Academy Awards and received countless accolades for its breath-taking visuals and use of 3D technology. But beyond its cinematic splendour, can Avatar also offer us insights into business ethics, empathy, disability, and the relationship between mind and body? Can getting to know the Na'vi, an alien species, enlarge our vision and help us to "see" both our world and ourselves in new ways? Avatar and Philosophy is a revealing journey through the world of Pandora and the huge range of  philosophical themes raised by James Cameron's groundbreaking film Explores philosophical issues such as religion, morality, aesthetics, empathy, identity, the relationship of mind and body, environmental and business ethics, technology, and just war theory Examines a wide range of topics from the blockbuster movie, including attitudes toward nature, our responsibilities to nonhuman species, colonialism, disability, and communitarian ethics Written by an esteemed group of philosophers who are avid fans of Avatar themselves Explains philosophical concepts in an enjoyable and accessible manner that will appeal to all levels of readers With a new trilogy of sequels now announced, this is the ideal entry point for understanding the world of Pandora for fans and newcomers alike.


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