Lisa Yasyek in the School of Literature, Culture and Communications at Georgia Tech asked me the other day to come up with a possible syllabus for a science fiction course that I would teach.
Here’s my first attempt. Comments welcome.
Science Fiction, Epistomology and Language Tom Morley
In this course we use some of my favorite science fiction novels to
study some problems in the philosophy of knowledge and language.
The Girl in the Golden Atom Ray Cummings (project Guttenberg)
Philosophical Interlude: Selections from David Hume’s Enquiry on
Human Understanding (project Guttenberg)
Ubik: Philip K. Dick
Philosophical interlude: Selections from Treatise Concerning the
Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley (project
Creatures of Light and Darkness Roger Zelazeny
Interlude: Ship in a Bottle: Start Trek TNG
The City and the City by China Mieville
At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft
Philosophical Interlude: Politics and the English Language, Georgie Owell
Babel 17 by Samuel Deleney
Interlude: Star Trek TNG, insect species
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke
Philosophical Interlude: Selections from Philosophical
Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein
Intelude: Darmok: Start Trek TNG Season 5
Embassytown, China Mieville
Wrapup and further reading