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In Homeland and Philosophy, 23 philosophers tackle the issues that Showtime's award-winning show Homeland asks us to consider. The drama, which centers on Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody's release from an al-Qaeda prison, and CIA Agent Carrie Mathison's distrust of his intentions, asks questions of identity, what it means to be a terrorist, the conditions and effects of brainwashing, lying for the greater good, and whether or not courage is a virtue.
But these questions are only a few among many that are explored in the obscure, paranoid world of Homeland. Through the lenses of Rawls, Kant, Arendt, Foucault, Heidegger, Sartre, and Kierkegaard, among others, Homeland and Philosophy considers the ethics of drone warfare; whether or not Carrie Mathison's personality changes and psychological disorder make her an interesting character study in the metaphysics of personhood; at what point privacy is only an illusion; and concepts of torture, punishment, and discipline.
Robert Arp is the author and editor of numerous books, book chapters, and articles on philosophy and philosophy and pop culture. He currently works as a data analyst with the U.S. Army. He lives in Overland Park, KS.
Table of Contents
A. Introduction 1. Turning Inward Against Oneself, What Does One See? The Morality of Suicide 2. Drones over the Homeland - Too Close to Home? 3. Brainwashing, Buttons, and the Moral Responsibility of Sergeant Brody 4. Homeland and the Value of Liberal Democracy 5. The Myth of Religious Violence 6. What Makes the Nation-State Worth Killing For? 7. Is Brody a Real Muslim? 8. Terrorism 9. Otherness and Demonization 10. The Dream of Freedom? 11. Love and Loneliness in Homeland 12. Privacy, Security, and the Ethics of Surveillance 13. "Homeland" and Practical Identities 14. The Traumatized Nick Brody: PTSD and the Philosophy of Personal Identity 15. Would you trust Carrie Mathison? Trust, Self-Trust, and Identity in "Homeland" 16. Personal Identity in Homeland 17. Women in Homeland 18. Enhanced Interrogation Techniques 19. Susan Neiman and the Problem of Evil 20. Kant on Drones 21. The Theater of Deceit 22. Personhood in Homeland 23. Just Because You Are Paranoid Doesn't Mean They Aren't Out To Get You B. About the Authors C. Index