The Philosophy of The X FilesThe Philosophy of The X Files



The X-Files is about one of the most important philosophical problems of our everyday political lives: publicity. The secrecy of contemporary governments is destroying democracy by undermining one of the preconditions without which ...

Author: Dean A. Kowalski

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813136349

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In The Philosophy of The X-Files, Dean A. Kowalski has gathered a remarkable cast of contributors to shed light on the philosophical mysteries of the television show The X-Files. With sections devoted to the show’s credos, such as “The Truth Is Out There,” individual characters, and specific episodes, The Philosophy of The X-Files illuminates the philosophical assumptions and presuppositions of the show as well as presents discussions through the show to help the reader better understand philosophy and philosophical inquiry.

The Philosophy of The X FilesThe Philosophy of The X Files



In The Philosophy of The X-Files, Dean A. Kowalski has gathered a remarkable cast of contributors to shed light on the philosophical mysteries of the television show The X-Files.

Author: Dean A. Kowalski

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813139050

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Page: 314

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In The Philosophy of The X-Files, Dean A. Kowalski has gathered a remarkable cast of contributors to shed light on the philosophical mysteries of the television show The X-Files. With sections devoted to the show's credos, such as "The Truth Is Out There," individual characters, and specific episodes, The Philosophy of The X-Files illuminates the philosophical assumptions and presuppositions of the show as well as presents discussions through the show to help the reader better understand philosophy and philosophical inquiry.

The X Files and PhilosophyThe X Files and Philosophy



The transgression of the Post-Modern Prometheus (for more on postmodernism and The XFiles, see Dean Kowalski's The Philosophy of the X-Files) is to discover the secret of turning genes on and off and using it.

Author: Robert Arp

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 9780812699708

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Page: 288

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In The X-Files and Philosophy, thirty-six fearless philosophers seek for the truth which is out there, in here, at least somewhere, or (as the postmodernists claim) nowhere. One big issue is whether the weird and unexplained happenings, including the existence of entities unknown to traditional science, might really exist. And if they did, what would be the proper way to behave towards them? Some of these entities seem to flout conventional laws of nature—but perhaps we need to allow for different, as yet undiscovered, laws. If such fabulous entities really exist, what do we owe them? And if they don’t exist, why do we imagine they do? In The X-Files, regular science is represented by Scully and usually turns out to be wrong, while open-minded credulity or pseudoscience is represented by Mulder and usually turns out to be right, or at least somehow on the right track. Scully demands objective, repeatable evidence, and she usually gets it, with Mulder’s help, in astounding and unwelcome ways. What lessons should we take from the finding of The X-Files that respectable science is nearly always wrong and outrageous speculative imagination nearly always right?

The X files and PhilosophyThe X files and Philosophy



The X-Files is one of the most innovative and controversial of TV shows, taking seriously the more bizarre theories of “the unexplained” and raising disturbing questions about the nature of popular belief.

Author: Robert Arp

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812699580

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Page: 349

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The X-Files is one of the most innovative and controversial of TV shows, taking seriously the more bizarre theories of “the unexplained” and raising disturbing questions about the nature of popular belief. Over thirty philosophers analyze The X-Files from diverse standpoints --

Policing the MonstrousPolicing the Monstrous



“The X-Files.” The Cult TV Book. Ed. Stacey Abbott. I.B. Tauris, 2010. pp. 163–6. Carter, Chris, creator. The X-Files. Twentieth Century–Fox Television, 1993–2002. ... The Philosophy of The X-Files. U of Kentucky P, 2007. Lavery, David.

Author: Ashley Szanter

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476670539

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Page: 203

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This collection of new essays examines how the injection of supernatural creatures and mythologies transformed the hugely popular crime procedural television genre. These shows complicate the predictable and comforting patterns of the procedural with the inherently unknowable nature of the supernatural. From Sherlock to Supernatural, essays cover a range of topics including the gothic, the post-structural nature of The X-Files, the uncanny lure of Twin Peaks, trickster detectives, forensic fairy tales, the allure of the vampire detective, and even the devil himself.

The Invisible Hand in Popular CultureThe Invisible Hand in Popular Culture



As early as February 12, 2000, Matt Roush was writing in TV Guide of The X-Files that “an exhaustion factor has set in among fans” (20). In his predictions in the September 9, 2000, issue of TV Guide for the start of the eighth season ...

Author: Paul Arthur Cantor

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813140827

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Page: 490

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Popular culture often champions freedom as the fundamentally American way of life and celebrates the virtues of independence and self-reliance. But film and television have also explored the tension between freedom and other core values, such as order and political stability. What may look like healthy, productive, and creative freedom from one point of view may look like chaos, anarchy, and a source of destructive conflict from another. Film and television continually pose the question: Can Americans deal with their problems on their own, or must they rely on political elites to manage their lives? In this groundbreaking work, Paul A. Cantor explores the ways in which television shows such as Star Trek, The X-Files, South Park, and Deadwood and films such as The Aviator and Mars Attacks! have portrayed both top-down and bottom-up models of order. Drawing on the works of John Locke, Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, and other proponents of freedom, Cantor contrasts the classical liberal vision of America -- particularly its emphasis on the virtues of spontaneous order -- with the Marxist understanding of the "culture industry" and the Hobbesian model of absolute state control. The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture concludes with a discussion of the impact of 9/11 on film and television, and the new anxieties emerging in contemporary alien-invasion narratives: the fear of a global technocracy that seeks to destroy the nuclear family, religious faith, local government, and other traditional bulwarks against the absolute state.

The Unauthorized Guide to the X filesThe Unauthorized Guide to the X files



Like The X - Files , The Prisoner developed a dedicated fan following , which still meets to discuss the implications of each episode , the philosophy behind the series , and the importance of each character . They publish fanzines and ...

Author: Hal Schuster

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: 0761508457

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Page: 228

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Discusses the creation of the popular television show, looks at the cast members, and provides an episode-by-episode look at the first four seasons

The X FilesThe X Files



Like all true followers of the innovative anomalist and philosopher Charles Fort , Bob approaches the strange with a ... What I've liked about The X- Files is that they have encapsulated a very Fortean attitude , a dialectic between ...

Author: Jane Goldman

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ISBN: 0684819627

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Page: 356

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Volume 1 of the series explores the phenomena featured in the TV series, The X-Files. It includes the themes of alien abduction, voodoo, vampires, spontaneous human combustion, genetic mysteries, ghosts, reincarnation and freaks of nature.

The X files Book of the UnexplainedThe X files Book of the Unexplained



Like all true followers of the innovative anomalist and philosopher Charles Fort , Bob approaches the strange with a ... What I've liked about The XFiles is that they have encapsulated a very Fortean attitude , a dialectic between doubt ...

Author: Jane Goldman

Publisher: Harper Prism

ISBN: UOM:39015040648233

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Page: 339

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Covers ghosts, UFO sightings, alien encounters, government cover ups, and psychic crime solving

The Philosophy of TV NoirThe Philosophy of TV Noir



In this first-of-its-kind collection, contributors from philosophy, film studies, and literature raise fundamental questions about the human predicament, giving this unique volume its moral resonance and demonstrating why television noir ...

Author: Steven Sanders

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813181561

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Film noir reflects the fatalistic themes and visual style of hard-boiled novelists and many émigré filmmakers in 1940s and 1950s America, emphasizing crime, alienation, and moral ambiguity. In The Philosophy of TV Noir, Steven M. Sanders and Aeon J. Skoble argue that the legacy of film noir classics such as The Maltese Falcon, Kiss Me Deadly, and The Big Sleep is also found in episodic television from the mid-1950s to the present. In this first-of-its-kind collection, contributors from philosophy, film studies, and literature raise fundamental questions about the human predicament, giving this unique volume its moral resonance and demonstrating why television noir deserves our attention. The introduction traces the development of TV noir and provides an overview and evaluation of the book's thirteen essays, each of which discusses an exemplary TV noir series. Realism, relativism, and integrity are discussed in essays on Dragnet, Naked City, The Fugitive, and Secret Agent. Existentialist themes of authenticity, nihilism, and the search for life's meaning are addressed in essays on Miami Vice, The Sopranos, Carnivale, and 24. The methods of crime scene investigation in The X-Files and CSI are examined, followed by an exploration of autonomy, selfhood, and interpretation in The Prisoner, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and Millennium. With this focus on the philosophical dimensions of crime, espionage, and science fiction series, The Philosophy of TV Noir draws out the full implications of film noir and establishes TV noir as an art form in its own right.