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Kevin S. Decker
Eastern Washington University
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    Perspectives and ideologies: A pragmatic use for recognition theory.Kevin S. Decker - 2012 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 38 (2):215-226.
    ‘Recognition’ is a normative concept denoting the ascription of positive status to a group or an individual by (an) other(s). In its larger meaning, it carries the implication that when a group or an individual can justifiably expect such a positive status-ascription, its denial (misrecognition) is unjustified and unethical. I discuss the role that the concept of recognition can play at the intersection of two philosophies, pragmatism and contemporary critical theory. My perspective is one that embraces the ‘pragmatic turn’ in (...)
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    The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates.William Irwin, Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker (eds.) - 2016 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Reunites the editors of Star Trek and Philosophy with Starfleet’s finest experts for 31 new, highly logical essays Features a complete examination of the Star Trek universe, from the original series to the most recent films directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness Introduces 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 (...)
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    Ender's Game and Philosophy: The Logic Gate is Down.Kevin S. Decker & William Irwin (eds.) - 2013 - Malden, MA: Wiley.
    A threat to humanity portending the end of our species lurks in the cold recesses of space. Our only hope is an eleven-year-old boy. Celebrating the long-awaited release of the movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel about highly trained child geniuses fighting a race of invading aliens, this collection of original essays probes key philosophical questions raised in the narrative, including the ethics of child soldiers, politics on the internet, and the morality of war and genocide. Original essays dissect (...)
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  4. The evolution of the psychical element: George Herbert Mead at the university of chicago: Lecture notes by H. Heath Bawden 1899–1900: Introduction. [REVIEW]Kevin S. Decker - 2008 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44 (3):pp. 469-479.
    George Herbert Mead's early lectures at the University of Chicago are more important to understanding the genesis of his views in social psychology than some commentators, such as Hans Joas, have emphasized. Mead's lecture series "The Evolution of the Psychical Element," preserved through the notes of student H. Heath Bawden, demonstrate his devotion to Hegelianism as a method of thinking and how this influenced his non-reductionistic approach to functional psychology. In addition, Mead's breadth of historical knowledge as well as his (...)
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    There Are No Universal Ethical Principles That Should Govern the Conduct.Kevin S. Decker - 2013 - In Arthur L. Caplan & Robert Arp (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Bioethics. Wiley. pp. 25--27.
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  6. The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy: Respect My Philosophah!Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker (eds.) - 2013 - Wiley.
    _Enlightenment from the _South Park_ gang faster than you can say, "Screw you guys, I'm going home"!_ _The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy: Respect My Philosophah!_ presents a compilation of serious philosophical reflections on the twisted insights voiced by characters in TV’s most irreverent animated series. Offers readers a philosophically smart and candid approach to one of television’s most subversive and controversial shows as it enters its 17th season Draws sharp parallels between the irreverent nature of _South Park_ and the (...)
     
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  7. Dark times : the end of the republic and the beginning of Chinese philosophy.Kevin S. Decker - 2015 - In Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy: You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Philosophy and Breaking Bad.Kevin S. Decker, David R. Koepsell & Robert Arp (eds.) - 2016 - Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
    This volume considers the numerous philosophical ideas and arguments found in and inspired by the critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad. This show garnered both critical and popular attention for its portrayal of a cancer-stricken, middle-aged, middle-class, high school chemistry teacher’s drift into the dark world of selling methamphetamine to support his family. Its characters, situations, and aesthetic raise serious and familiar philosophical issues, especially related to ethics and morality. The show provokes a bevy of rich questions and discussion points, such (...)
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  9. Thatched Cottages at Cordeville.Kevin S. Decker - 2022 - In Dune and Philosophy. Hoboken, NJ, USA: Wiley. pp. 119–130.
    Both Georg W.F. Hegel and Martin Heidegger would find the lack of art in Frank Herbert's distant future more disturbing than merely the loss of technique and beauty. The experience of truth through art is to see the elements of the artwork of Thatched Cottages at Cordeville not with the same eyes as if we were walking by this scene in person. The point of Cottages at Cordeville the Duniverse version of this painting owned by Taraza, Mother Superior Odrade, and (...)
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  10. The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy.Kevin S. Decker & Jason T. Eberl (eds.) - 2016-03-14 - Wiley.
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    Who is Who?: The Philosophy of Doctor Who.Kevin S. Decker - 2013 - I.B. Tauris.
    This is the first in-depth philosophical investigation of Doctor Who in popular culture.
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    Star Trek and Philosophy.Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker - 2007 - Open Court.
    Philosophy and space travel are characterized by the same fundamental purpose: exploration. An essential guide for both philosophers and Trekkers, Star Trek and Philosophy combines a philosophical spirit of inquiry with the beloved television and film series to consider questions not only about the scientific prospects of interstellar travel but also the inward journey to examine the human condition. The expansive topics range from the possibilities for communication among different cultural backgrounds to questions about the stoic temperament exhibited by Vulcans (...)
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    Star Wars and philosophy strikes back: this is the way.Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker (eds.) - 2022 - Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
    This third brand-new 'Star Wars & Philosophy' title once again takes a fresh look at the franchise with all-new chapters. The focus of this volume is the more recent entries into the franchise, including hit TV shows such as THe Mandalorian. Modern applied philosophy is also used to analyse the Star Wars universe: In addition to thorny metaphysical questions about the nature of time and free will, this volume highlights the staggering cultural impact of George Lucas's universe. The newest Star (...)
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  14. Star Wars and Philosophy Strikes Back.Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker (eds.) - 2023-01-09 - Wiley.
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    The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy: You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned.Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker (eds.) - 2015 - Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
    Does it take faith to be a Jedi? Are droids capable of thought? Should Jar Jar Binks be held responsible for the rise of the Empire? Presenting entirely new essays, no aspect of the myth and magic of George Lucas’s creation is left philosophically unexamined in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy. The editors of the original Star Wars and Philosophy strike back in this Ultimate volume that encompasses the complete Star Wars universe Presents the most far-reaching examination of the (...)
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  16. The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy.Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker (eds.) - 2015-09-18 - Wiley.
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  17. Terminator and Philosophy: I'll Be Back, Therefore I Am.Kevin S. Decker & Richard Brown (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley.
    A timely book that uses science fiction to provoke reflection and discussion on philosophical issues From the nature of mind to the ethics of AI and neural enhancement, science fiction thought experiments fire the philosophical imagination, encouraging us to think outside of the box about classic philosophical problems and even to envision new ones. Science Fiction and Philosophy explores puzzles about virtual reality, transhumanism, whether time travel is possible, the nature of artificial intelligence, and topics in neuroethics, among other timely (...)
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    Teaching Autonomy and Emergence through Pop Culture.Kevin S. Decker - 2009 - Teaching Philosophy 32 (4):331-343.
    Teaching Kantian ethics is difficult, for “getting Kant right” extends to a wide field of concerns. This paper is aimed at instructors who wish to give interdisciplinary criticism of Kantian deontology by discussing exceptions naturalist critics take to Kant’s concept of “autonomy.” This concept can and should be supplanted by the notion of “emergent intelligence.” Surprising support for this project comes from the fictional exploits of Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard. I conclude by indicating how the residual lessons from this (...)
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    Dark Times: The end of the Republic and the Beginning of Chinese Philosophy.Kevin S. Decker - 2015 - In Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy. Hoboken, NJ, USA: Wiley. pp. 53–64.
    The currents of philosophy have always been influenced by the culture in which thinkers live and work. In ancient China, the profound turmoil that eventually tore apart the Zhou dynasty led to social and intellectual unrest, out of which was born a new class of writers and thinkers who created the foundations for Chinese philosophy. There are historical and philosophical parallels with this Chinese time of uprooting in the “Dark Times” of the Star Wars universe. Few Jedi survive through the (...)
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    Thank God It's Stephen Colbert!Jason Holt & Kevin S. Decker - 2013 - In The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 326–339.
    This chapter examines the sense of irony along with the parallels between the persona of “Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report” and the character of the “ironist” discussed both by philosophical Romantics in the nineteenth century as well as the American philosopher Richard Rorty (1931–2007). For both Colbert and Rorty, irony can be funny and refreshing, and yet at the same time represents a challenge to our beliefs. The chapter looks at the differences between verbal irony and its more robust (...)
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    Playing doctor.Kevin S. Decker - 2010 - The Philosophers' Magazine 51:93-96.
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    The Open System and Its Enemies.Kevin S. Decker - 2000 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 74 (4):599-620.
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    Introduction “Well, I'm Afraid It's About to Happen Again”.Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker - 2013 - In Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 1–4.
    This chapter provides an introduction to The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy. South Park is one of the most important series on TV, because the show isn't afraid to lampoon the extremist fanatics that are associated with any social, ethical, economical, or religious position. This is extremely important and necessary in our diverse society of free and autonomous persons who hold a plurality of beliefs and values. Fanatics usually stop thinking issues through and, ultimately, they're primed to cause harm to (...)
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    Contagion.Kevin S. Decker - 2017 - In Jeffrey Ewing & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), Alien and Philosophy. Chichester, UK: Wiley. pp. 140–151.
    The dystopian elements of the Alien films display the dark side of social mechanisms. Modern philosophy is not exempt from the temptations of this “authoritarian synthesis”. It also responds to the themes of impurity, whether through religious heresy, mental illness, or bodily invasion or corruption. In the shooting script for Alien, it is clear that Ripley has been “infected” by the Xenomorph Facehugger in the pod; on screen, that fact is held from us until much later in the film for (...)
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    Sitting Downtown at Kentucky Fried Chicken.Kevin S. Decker - 2013 - In Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy. Oxford: Wiley. pp. 194–207.
    Like many episodes of South Park, “Medicinal Fried Chicken” drags real political scenarios into the cold, hard light of the Rocky Mountains. In this chapter, the author aims at challenging the received interpretation of the moral message behind “Medicinal Fried Chicken” and many other South Park episodes, the message that legislating lifestyles is immoral at worst and ridiculous at best. This message is encapsulated by the moral perspective known of libertarianism, which takes individual rights in political and social scenarios to (...)
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    Something Terribly Flawed.Kevin S. Decker - 2012 - In Fritz Allhoff & Robert Arp (eds.), Tattoos – Philosophy for Everyone. Oxford, UK: Wiley‐Blackwell. pp. 165–178.
    This chapter contains sections titled: A Bad Sign? Pictures of the Future on Your Skin Never a Tattooed Man Like This Tattoos and Human Nature Covered with Rare and Significant Beauties Creativity, Creativity, Creativity Can't You Recognize the Human in the Inhuman?
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    “The Human Adventure Is Just Beginning”: Star Trek's Secular Society.Kevin S. Decker - 2016 - In Kevin S. Decker & Jason T. Eberl (eds.), The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy. Oxford, UK: Wiley. pp. 326–339.
    This chapter reviews Star Trek's course in wrestling with issues of political and social secularization. Any debate about secularization is a set of arguments about the best relationship between religious beliefs and institutions on the one hand, and political, social, and economic structures on the other. The chapter provides several moral arguments as to why liberal democracies like the United States should pursue greater secularism in the future. A popular but particularly unhelpful way of framing this debate is in terms (...)
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    The Identity of Avatars and Na'vi Wisdom.Kevin S. Decker - 2014 - In George A. Dunn (ed.), Avatar and Philosophy. Chichester, UK: Wiley. pp. 125–138.
    In avatar, Jake Sully struggles with his sense of self at a variety of levels, including the metaphysical. In Plato's and Aristotle's book Philosophy in the Flesh, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson call this shared conjecture the “folk theory of essences.” In Avatar, the presuppositions about personal identity that ground the linkage process between human beings and avatar bodies seems to follow Locke's insights quite faithfully. This way of talking about the essential self challenges the bodyswapping scenarios of John Locke (...)
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    John Dewey, Unmodern Philosophy and Modern Philosophy.Kevin S. Decker - 2012 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 4 (2).
    If it is true, as Raymond Boisvert wrote almost a decade ago in the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, that there are two schools of Dewey scholarship – the ‘method-centered’ set and the ‘lived experience’ group – then the publication of this manuscript, once thought lost, should be a force for reunification of the two. Indeed, providing a common vocabulary between science and generic values such as freedom and consummatory experience, a vocabulary generated through a critical the...
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    Han Solo.Kevin S. Decker - 2023 - In Jason T. Eberl & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), Star Wars and Philosophy Strikes Back. Hoboken, NJ, USA: Wiley. pp. 132–142.
    Han Solo‐orphan, laconically cool Corellian smuggler, Rebel general, and martyr for the Resistance, is one of the most‐loved characters in the Star Wars universe. His emotional and moral development throughout the original trilogy into a trusted friend, Leia's lover, and a warrior for Rebel values is inspiring. In the sequel trilogy, he's returned to smuggling and reluctantly re‐assumes the mantle of father to Ben Solo, an alienated and ultimately patricidal son, but even death fails to stop him from offering fatherly (...)
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  31. Andrew Light and Mechthild Nagel, eds., Race, Class, and Community Identity Reviewed by.Kevin S. Decker - 2001 - Philosophy in Review 21 (5):354-356.
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    Playing doctor.Kevin S. Decker - 2010 - The Philosophers' Magazine 51:93-96.
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    Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine.Kevin S. Decker & Jason T. Eberl (eds.) - 2005 - Open Court.
    The essays in this volume tackle the philosophical questions from these blockbuster films including: Was Anakin predestined to fall to the Dark Side? Are the Jedi truly role models of moral virtue? Why would the citizens and protectors of a democratic Republic allow it to descend into a tyrannical empire? Is Yoda a peaceful Zen master or a great warrior, or both? Why is there both a light and a dark side of the Force? Star Wars and Philosophy ponders the (...)
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  34. Sitting Downtown at Kentucky Fried Chicken.Kevin S. Decker - 2013 - In Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy: Respect My Philosophah! Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 194--207.
     
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    Reply to Pullman.Kevin S. Decker - 2013 - In Arthur L. Caplan & Robert Arp (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Bioethics. Wiley. pp. 25--39.
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  36. Introduction “Well, I'm Afraid It's About to Happen Again”.Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker - 2013 - In Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy: Respect My Philosophah! Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Kant's Two Erfahrungen: An Equivocation of 'Experience' in the First Critique.Kevin S. Decker - 2000 - Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 4 (1).
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    Ground, Relation, Representation: Kantianism and the Early Peirce.Kevin S. Decker - 2001 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 37 (2):179 - 206.
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