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Episode 80 – “A Quality of Mercy”

This is one of several episodes set close to the end of a war, in this case, the end of World War II in the Pacific theater. In contrast to the beginning of a war, when no one knows which … Continue reading

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Episode 74 – “Deaths-Head Revisited”

Many Twilight Zone episodes provide fodder for philosophical reflection precisely because they invite us to exercise our concepts and attempt to apply them to possible cases and worlds where the strangeness of the circumstances makes doing so a real challenge, one … Continue reading

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Episode 71 – “The Mirror”

“The Mirror” is a rather heavy-handed warning about the tendency of revolutions to lead to tyranny and fascism. Airing within two years of Castro’s rise to power in Cuba, Serling is unapologetic about this episode’s presentation of a fictional version … Continue reading

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Episode 68 – “The Shelter”

During the fall of 2001 students in my Introduction to Philosophy course watched this episode on the afternoon  the same day in which, hours before, the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. were attacked … Continue reading

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Episode 64 – “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up”

How do we, and more philosophically, how ought we assess the character and motives of others, particularly in the face of potential threats to our well-being? How should we interpret the actions, claims, and even appearance of others as either menacing … Continue reading

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