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Red Rising and Philosophy has gathered together a crew of the wisest Helldivers philosophy can offer. Could humanity's love of physical enhancements cause its extinction? Do people doom humanity by trying to all be the same? Can a person love someone, while at the same time wanting that person destroyed? Is equality always the best principle on which to organize society? What is evil, and how does it exist in contemporary life? Does one remain the same person, even after changing every physical aspect of one's body? Is it moral to sell oneself into slavery, whether it’s through sex or manual labor? Is it ethical to sell one's children into slavery, on the promise that their children will live in peace and tranquility?
These questions and more are what make Brown’s Red Rising trilogy such an impactful story. Brown pulls no punches, and philosophy works best in such an environment. Red Rising and Philosophy is not for the timid or the faint at heart. It’s not The Passage, since no one will die from reading it, but reading it could be a life-changing experience.
Courtland Lewis is an Instructor of Philosophy at Owensboro Community and Technical College and co-editor of Doctor Who and Philosophy and More Doctor Who and Philosophy. He lives in Owensboro, KY.
Kevin McCain is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of several books, including Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification. He lives in Birmingham, AL.