Star Wars and Philosophy

Title:  Star Wars and Philosophy : More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine

Edited By: Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Erbel 

Star Wars and Philosophy is a book in the Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, which has many entries such as The Matrix, The Simpsons, and many others, but for the interest of this site, we will look at their treatment of Star Wars and if it has direct applications towards the Jedi Path.

This book has 17 essays by different authors divided into four parts.  It explores the philosophical questions that come from the Star Wars films and the comparisons to classical philosophical thought.  It delves into the philosophies that inform the archetype of a Jedi Knight and the other characters seen in the Star Wars films. 

Though such observations such as: It’s thus unlikely that Yoda’s admonitions about fear and anger should be interpreted as meaning that a Jedi never feels those emotions. Rather, he probably means that a Jedi never acts from fear and anger. A Jedi acts when reason is in control, when he’s “calm, at peace, passive.”  seem to speak to the motivations of fictional characters, they have direct relevance to those that would like to model their real life behavior on the archetype of the Jedi Knight. HIGHLY recommends this book.


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