In this 65th episode of the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show and podcast, Eric Thomas Weber and Anthony Cashio had the pleasure to talk with Dr. James South and Dr. Kimberly Engels about Westworld. We discuss topics including artificial intelligence and storytelling as well as the ethical and political questions that Westworld raises for us.
Kimberly and James are the editors of Westworld and Philosophy, recently published, coinciding with the release of season 2 of the show. Dr. Engels is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Molloy College, where she specializes in Biomedical Ethics and Continental Philosophy. She has a recent paper out in the journal Public Affairs Quarterly on “An Existential Analysis of ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws.”
Dr. South is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean for the Faculty in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University, where he specializes in late-Medieval and Renaissance philosophy, ordinary language philosophy, and philosophy and popular culture. He has edited books like James Bond and Philosophy as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy.
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