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Episode 145 – “The Masks”

Death has always been a central concern of philosophy, and it is one of the most central topics in episodes of The Twilight Zone. If, as Epicurus noted, our own death is not a state we can experience, we can, … Continue reading

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Episode 142 – “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

Most philosophical treatments of death treat death as a a state, if not of the individual, then of the world in which that individual no longer experiences or has mental states. Describing the world as a world in which Abraham … Continue reading

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Episode 138 – “Black Leather Jackets”

It is fascinating that some intelligent creatures from another planet, creatures far more advanced than any creatures on earth, are represented in this episode as members of a motorcycle gang, clad in black leather jackets. In the 1960s, and even … Continue reading

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Episode 75 – “The Midnight Sun”

There’s a Tom Lehrer song is entitled “We’ll All Go Together When We Go.” In it Lehrer manages to humorously describe the end of the world in a nuclear meltdown. Serling’s “Midnight Sun” was written at about the same time … Continue reading

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Episode 70 – “A Game of Pool”

Woody Allen once said that he didn’t want to become immortal through his works. He wanted to become immortal by not dying.  It’s hard to get much distance from Skakespeare’s puzzle about our posture towards death,  but this episode is … Continue reading

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