Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy

The Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal that aims to foster the appreciation of science fiction as a medium for philosophical reflection. It focuses on the analysis of philosophical themes in science fiction in all formats, and on their use for the discussion, teaching, and narrative modeling of philosophical ideas.

The journal invites submissions from any discipline in philosophy, including both analytic and continental approaches. It aims both to serve as a medium for academic dialogue and to attract and introduce a non-academic public to philosophical discussions.


Vol. 4 (2021): The Day that Coronavirus Stopped the Earth!

What Do We Learn About Pandemics in Science Fiction Stories?

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For nearly two centuries science fiction authors have been playing around with an enormous variety of pandemic scenarios. While some stories focus on attempts to avert them, many explore their catastrophic consequences, or the plight of victims and survivors in-between, and the ways in which the most trivial daily routines and the simple facts of life we take for granted may be critically, perhaps permanently disrupted. From eerily prophetic accounts of origin and spread (Stephen Soderbergh’s Contagion) to post-apocalyptic tales of heart-wrenching loneliness (Francis Lawrence’s I Am Legend), SF stories anticipate the plight that humanity is facing during the COVID pandemic. This volume invites us to reflect on the lessons from science fiction stories, and how they help us illuminate philosophically our present times.

Published: 2021-06-01 (June 1, 2021)

Yearly Theme (Peer-Reviewed)

I Am Legend as Philosophy: Imagination in Times of Pandemic… A Mutation towards a “Second Reality”?

Rachad Elidrissi

<null> me <null>: Algorithmic Governmentality and the Notion of Subjectivity in Project Itoh’s Harmony

Fatemeh Savaedi and Maryam Alavi Nia

Learning from COVID-19: Virtue Ethics, Pandemics and Environmental Degradation: A case study reading of The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Contagion (2011)

Fiachra O’Brolcháin and Pat Brereton

General Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

“What is my purpose?” Artificial Sentience Having an Existential Crisis in Rick and Morty

Alexander Maxwell

Is Alex Redeemable? A Clockwork Orange as a Philosophical-Literary Platonic Fable

Jones Irwin

Book Reviews

Absent Rebels: Criticism and Network Power in 21st Century Dystopian Fiction. (Narr Francke Attempto, 2021)

Anna Campbell


Previous ISSUE:

Vol 3 (2020): The Blue Pill Dilemma: Is Knowledge a Blessing or a Curse?

The question about choosing between harsh truths or willful ignorance is as old as Plato’s Cave; older perhaps, down to the Tree of Good and Evil. Science Fiction writers can be as illuminating as they can be ambiguous. In the original Matrix Neo took the Red Pill, choosing Truth – and got himself into a world of trouble. Wouldn’t the Blue Pill (of “Ignorance is Bliss”) have served him better? This volume examines the double-edged quality of knowledge, as explored in a variety of SF scenarios. Can a truth cause more harm than a lie? Can we live in self-deception? Is there a danger of knowing too much? Is knowledge something inherently good, worth seeking for its own sake, is it just a neutral tool, or is it, perhaps, something better left alone?

Published: 2020-03-31 (March 31, 2020)

Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy – ISSN: 2573-881X