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Herbert Marcuse

To Boldly Go: On Star Trek, Marcuse and Utopias

The following is a guest post by Clancy Smith, currently an adjunct professor of philosophy at three universities in Nashville, Tennessee. Among other things, Dr. Smith is the author of a variety of articles exploring different intersections between popular culture and philosophy.In every iteration of the voyages of the starship Enterprise, the continuing mission has always been to explore new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations; in sum, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Though perhaps not immediately apparent, there is something idyllic in such a directive, something perhaps even Utopic. For what sort Read more