Should droids be free? Should clone troopers?
What political and ethical ideas ground resistance and rebellion?
What’s wrong with the way women are portrayed in Star Wars?
Does Han Solo have a philosophical worldview?
Was Galen Erso responsible for the destruction of Alderaan?
Should you eat Baby Yoda?
“This is the Way.” In Star Wars and Philosophy Strikes Back, the Way wends through entirely new adventures in the Star Wars galaxy far, far away: not only the films of the Skywalker saga, but also Rebels, The Bad Batch, Rogue One, Solo, and The Mandalorian. Like the creators of these films and television series, the authors in this book harness the magical mix of humor, action, empathy, characterization, adventure, and fan service that constitutes Star Wars.
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 Wars narratives tackle ethnicity on alien worlds and how love and sex with a droid like L3-37 would work (“It works”). The connections between the Separatist Freedom Movement and the struggle for social justice in the USA in the 21st century are brought to light. And philosophical second looks at Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi prove there is much more to this controversial entry in the Skywalker saga.
Thirty-six philosophers, both sages and scoundrels among them, examine the full range of deep questions throughout the Star Wars chronology—from The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker and beyond. “They have spoken.”
The Bad Batch
Part I Episodes I–III
1. “Another Solution Will Present Itself”: The Phantom Menace, Daoism, and Doing without Trying
Russell P. Johnson
2. Bioethics Wars: Fear and Fallacy in Revenge of the Sith
Thomas D. Harter
3. “A Pathway to Many Abilities Some Consider to Be Unnatural”: The Natural Law Ethics of Star Wars
Matthew Shea, Joel Archer, and Daniel Banning
4. Mothers, Daughters, Rebels: Women’s Bodies in Star Wars
Part II Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Bad Batch
5. Order 66: The Fragility of Moral Autonomy in The Clone Wars
6. “Corporations Do Not Rule Us!”: The Separatist Freedom Movement and the Struggle for Justice
7. “No One Rescues Droids”: Rebels on Race and Racism
8. Individuality and Identity: Are Clones Literally a “Band (or Batch) of Brothers”?
9. The Failure of Jedi Ethics: The Jedi Betrayal of Ahsoka
James Rocha and Mona Rocha
10. Of Graffiti and Kalikoris
Daniel P. Malloy
11. A Long Time Ago? Time and Time Travel in Star Wars
Part III Rogue One and Solo
12. Building the Death Star: Complicity in Moral Evil
Jason T. Eberl
13. “Rebellions are Built on Hope”: The Creative Democratic Force of Rogue One
14. Han Solo: The Corellian Evasion of Philosophy
Kevin S. Decker
15. Friendship, Love, and Sex with Droids in Solo: “How Would that Work?” “It Works”
Nick Munn and Dan Weijers
16. La L3-37 Continue: Droid Rights and the Problem of Legal Personhood
Part IV Episodes IV–VI
17. The Non-dualistic, Redemptive Metaphysics of the Jedi
18. Just How Many “Lukes” Are There in A New Hope, Anyway?
Roy T. Cook and Nathan Kellen
19. Force and Geist: Hegel Watches The Empire Strikes Back
20. “I Know There Is Good in You”: Luke, Anakin, and Confucian Filial Piety
Part V The Mandalorian
21. Should You Eat Baby Yoda?
22. Grogu’s Little Way: The Binds of Power and the Bonds of Love in The Mandalorian
Jeffrey P. Bishop and Isabel Bishop
23. Beneath the Helmet, Beyond the Way: The Mandalorian and Moral Decision-making
24. Paradox of Faith: The Way of Din Djarin and Kierkegaard
25. Reading the Mind of Din Djarin: The Music of The Mandalorian
Part VI Episodes VII–IX
26. Awakening Race, Culture and Ethnicity in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
27. The Last Jedi's Despair: Did Episode VIII Ruin Luke Skywalker?
David Kyle Johnson
28. Deleuze, the Force of Becoming, and The Last Jedi
29. Passionate Love, Platonic Love, and Force Love in Star Wars
30. The Rise of Rey Skywalker: The Importance of Community and Friends in Star Wars
James M. Okapal
JASON T. EBERL is Professor of Health Care Ethics and Philosophy and Director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. He teaches and publishes on bioethics, medieval philosophy, and metaphysics. He is the editor of Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy, co-editor (w/ Kevin S. Decker) of The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy and The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy, as well as the original Star Wars and Philosophy and Star Trek and Philosophy, and co-editor (w/ George A. Dunn) of Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy and The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan.
KEVIN S. DECKER is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Washington University near Spokane, Washington. There, he teaches ethics, Continental, and American philosophy. He is the co-editor (with Jason T. Eberl) of The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy and The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy and editor or co-editor of eight other anthologies of popular culture and philosophy. His book Who is Who? The Philosophy of Doctor Who was published by I.B. Tauris in 2013.
Author: Irwin, William
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