Does it take faith to be a Jedi? Are droids capable of thought? Should Jar Jar Binks be held responsible for the rise of the Empire? Presenting. Star Wars and Philosophy by Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl, William Irwin. The Force Is with You but You're Not a Jedi Yet. Now this may shock you, but. Redaktion: Eberl, Jason T.; Decker, Kevin S. Doctor Strange and Philosophy (eBook, PDF) Presenting entirely new essays, no aspect of the myth and magic of George Lucas's creation is left philosophically unexamined in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy.

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Whether it should be called an impressively vast and engaging contribution to the philosophy of Star Wars de- pends on there being something as “a philosophy. Editorial Reviews. Review holds implications for all with its solid link between popular culture, philosophy, and social insights. -- The Bookwatch, September. the Jedi philosophy, and even a couple of elements of the Sith philosophy, are very Wiser words are never spoken in all of Star Wars. .. (http://puffin. pdf), and.

An elegant weapon, of a more civilised age. For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice of the old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire. Thus, the only justified violence is then that which preserves the order of law. When we actually look at the prequel films, and the presentation of the Old Republic there, what we find is that the Republic civilisation is forever under attack! The civilised times that Obi-Wan is referring to are in fact full of trade disputes, wars, manipulation, assassinations, divisions in the Senate, etc.

Rather, it is the fact that savagery is something that cannot be eliminated from inside civilisation that results in its precarious state—individuals and society are always potentially being at risk of reverting to savagery. If there is a need for balance in this framework, then surely that movement to balance would come from the dark side? What the Jedi miss, however, is that the way for Anakin to destroy the Sith could only be through becoming one.

For, as we noted, the Good is not presented as a virtuous end to be desired in itself, but that, under the mythological framework from which Lucas is drawing, Good and Evil coincide—they are part of the same unification of opposites under the one All.

What is interesting here is how the above connection of the Old Republic to civilisation seems to break down in regards to imperialism.

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The Old Republic is contrasted with the Evil Empire and its imperialistic desire to rule the galaxy. This is where the historical referencing of Rome comes to its fore in Star Wars.

For the resolution of this point about imperialism and civilisation is quite clear in the prequels. It is not that the Evil Empire took over the Republic.

Thus, the connection of civilisation to imperialism holds fast. That is, that the Republic and the Empire are in fact the same, and the conditions that give rise for one make way for the other.

The implication here is that the law itself is also neither Good and Evil, yet both Good and Evil at the same time. How is it that the law works both for Good and Evil at the same time? The reason for this returns us to the focus on law and order. The restriction on the command of the sovereign is the maintenance of order—that is, the order of law itself.

In watching the original trilogy there appears to be an understanding that the Old Republic was taken over by the Empire—that it was a matter of two rivalling claims to rulership and the Empire overthrew the Republic, claiming control of the galaxy. As such, the Empire would be seen as a separate founding of a new legal order resulting from the lawless violence beyond the law of the Republic—the result of a war in which one legal order displaces the other.

What we actually see in the prequels, however, is the very opposite. It is that the Empire was founded through the legal use of the state of exception and suspension of the existing legal order. That is, the law is suspended by the declaration of the exception in order to reconstitute the peace needed for law to operate normally.

What is important to note here, however, is that it is not the external war itself that results in the declaration of the iustitium but rather the resulting unrest and tumult in Rome. This is because the framework of the rule of law is not sufficient for protection against potentially Evil acts, for in itself the law can, and quite willingly will, be co-opted to agree to them.

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Inscriptiones Graecae. Death in the Star Wars universe joins the enlightened with the impersonal Force, but Christianity posits that death unites believers with the personal God of the universe while they retain their individuality.

Redemption in Christianity, moreover, is the result of repentance and trust in Christ and His atoning work that God offers via grace, not works. Star Wars offers self-driven enlightenment via the path of the Jedi through what essentially amounts to works.

Moreover, enlightenment is not salvation.

Star Wars posits a works-based system of salvation that is self-centered, not Savior-centered. In the religion of the Jedi, individuals are in charge of their own enlightenment. When it comes to questions of truth and knowledge, Christianity calls us to test evidence, using the intellect to understand and critically investigate. Faith is involved, but it is not a blind faith.

This is not to say that we should dismiss all intuition, but it should not be our guiding principle of seeking truth. Finally, we must not allow the technical brilliance and special effects of Star Wars to overpower our understanding or assessment of the worldview the films communicate. High production values do not always equal high truth values.

This does not mean we cannot appreciate the films as artistic expressions or enjoy them as entertainment, but it does mean that we cannot overlook or dismiss the confused ideas they present or the influence those ideas can have on viewers. For the sake of brevity this article will mention specific films by their subtitles and use Star Wars to refer to the entire set of films.

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy addressing questions about ultimate reality, such as the existence of God, His nature, and the meaning of life. Epistemology is the branch of philosophy addressing questions about knowledge.

See, e. Francis A.Marquard Smith and Joanne Morra. And watch out for exaggerations based on personal or political interests—what the pathologists did cannot be compared with the atrocities that Darth Vader is inflicting on our fellows!

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy addressing questions about ultimate reality, such as the existence of God, His nature, and the meaning of life. That's because Star Wars is basically a metaphor for Taoism. In so doing I will draw on two methodological influences in the realms of law and popular culture.

Because it proclaims order, within disorder, as a law unanchored, as natural law was, to either God or man, but which nonetheless in its disconnection, connects and controls us all. Learn more about site Prime.

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Dr Luke: Consequences? This is because the framework of the rule of law is not sufficient for protection against potentially Evil acts, for in itself the law can, and quite willingly will, be co-opted to agree to them.

Much of the time, I found myself wondering what the author was talking about.