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Published on April 1st, 2011 | by Patrick Riley

Doctor Who? Philosophy? Combined?

Already zipped through Ultimate Regeneration (three times) and looking for your next Doctor-Who-related nonfiction book to read?  The latest installment in Open Court Publishing’s famous Popular Culture and Philosophy series, which already includes Star Trek and Philosophy, Facebook and Philosophy, and Bulls**t and Philosophy, is here to save the day!

Doctor Who and Philosophy was conceived more than a decade ago by Courtland Lewis in his early adult life as an American Doctor Who fan living in the hiatus years as he gathered a collection of videotapes from his preferred childhood show and began writing down some favourite quotes from it that he might like to see in a book.  Open Court began printing the Popular Culture and Philosophy range around the year 2000, but it wasn’t until 2007 when Lewis, then a philosophy student/teaching assistant, had a professor who knew the editor of Open Court, and thus three years of compiling 33 essays along with co-editor Paula Smithka began.

According to Lewis (and, frankly, to most of us Whovians), the best show ever and contemplations of life, the universe, and everything go hand-in-hand:

“Doctor Who is an analogy for philosophy.  What a philosopher has to do is search for wisdom … attempt to understand the unknown and have a willingness to change his mind.”

Articles by a variety of authors in Doctor Who and Philosophy discuss such topics as self-identity, discovery, beauty, and human existence as expressed in the show in all eleven of its major eras.

Doctor Who and Philosophy is available on Amazon right now for a discounted price of £10.49 (RRP £12.99), or if you just want the Kindle version, £9.44.



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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.

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