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?Â 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.Â 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:
â€œDoctor Who is an analogy for philosophy.Â What a philosopher has to do is search for wisdom â€¦ attempt to understand the unknown and have a willingness to change his mind.â€
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.