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Star Trek and Philosophy

by Jason T. Eberl
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Philosophy
Pages: 287 pages
ISBN 13: 0812696492
ISBN 10: 9780812696493
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Synopsis : Star Trek and Philosophy written by Jason T. Eberl, published by Open Court Publishing which was released on 2008. Download Star Trek and Philosophy Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. "A philosophical feast for Trekkies and other sci-fi fans. One of the things that makes Star Trek so exciting is the philosophical angle it has often presented. Reading this terrific book will prolong and deepen that excitement. -- "Essays address philosophical aspects of the five television series and ten feature films that make up the Star Trek fictional universe"--Provided by publisher.

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