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Alien and Philosophy: I Infest, Therefore I Am



Alien and Philosophy: I Infest, Therefore I Am

William Irwin (Series Editor), Jeffrey A. Ewing (Editor), Kevin S. Decker (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-28084-2 March 2017 Wiley-Blackwell 240 Pages


Alien and Philosophy: I Infest, Therefore I Am presents a philosophical exploration of the world of Alien, the simultaneously horrifying and thought-provoking sci-fi horror masterpiece, and the film franchise it spawned.

  • The first book dedicated to exploring the philosophy raised by one of the most successful and influential sci-fi franchises of modern times
  • Features contributions from an acclaimed team of scholars of philosophy and pop culture, led by highly experienced volume editors
  • Explores a huge range of topics that include the philosophy of fear, Just Wars, bio-weaponry, feminism and matriarchs, perfect killers, contagion, violation, employee rights and Artificial Intelligence
  • Includes coverage of H.R. Giger’s aesthetics, the literary influences of H.P. Lovecraft, sci-fi and the legacy of Vietnam, and much more!

Contributors: In Space, No One Can Hear Them Scream x

Introduction: A Word of Warning 1

I Identity and Moral Considerability: “We Made You Because We Could” 5

1 “No Man Needs Nothing”: The Possibility of Androids as Lockean Persons in Alien and Prometheus 7
Chris Lay

2 Androids: Artificial Persons or Glorified Toasters? 17
Joe Slater

3 “All Other Priorities Are Rescinded”: The Moral Status of Employees in the Alien Franchise 25
James M. Okapal

II Ethics: “I Don’t Know Which Species is Worse” 37

4 Disposable Assets: Weyland]Yutani’s Special Brew of Business Ethics 39
Bruno de Brito Serra

5 Corporate Greed and Alien/ation: Marx vs. Weyland]Yutani 48
Alejandro Bárcenas

6 The Public and its Alien Problem 55
David Denneny

7 Cross My Heart and Hope to Die: Why Ripley Must Save Newt 67
William A. Lindenmuth

III Moral Psychology: “Unclouded by Conscience, Remorse, or Delusions of Mortality” 81

8 Nuking the Colony to Save It: Colonial Marines and Just Wars 83
Louis Melançon

9 Xenomorphs and the Benefits of Exposure to Violence as Education 93
Adam Barkman and Sabina Tokbergenova

10 Alien, Alienation, and Alien Nation 101
Daniel Conway

IV Horror: “They Mostly Come at Night” 115

11 Terror from the Stars: Alien as Lovecraftian Horror 117
Greg Littmann

12 Art]Horror Environments and the Alien Series 132
Martin Glick

13 Contagion: Impurity, Mental Illness, and Suicide in Alien3 140
Kevin S. Decker

V Sex and Gender: “None of Them Have Seen a Woman in Years” 153
Andrea Zanin

15 Is Ellen Ripley a Feminist? 166
Alexander Christian

16 Alien Violation: Male Bodily Integrity in an Equal Opportunity Rape Culture 178
Tim Jones

VI Continental Philosophy: “I’m the Monster’s Mother” 187

17 The Alien as Übermensch: Overcoming Morality in Order to Become the Perfect Killer 189
Robert M. Mentyka

18 “Why Do You Go On Living?” Ripley]8 and the Absurd 198
Seth M. Walker

19 God Save the Xenomorph Queen: Defending Xenomorph Self]Defense 207
Jeffrey Ewing

Index 216