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Vol 3 (2020): The Blue Pill Dilemma: Is Knowledge a Blessing or a Curse?
Vol. 3 Cover-Neo's Choice

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
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Just Published! 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 The 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? 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?

The Journal accepts papers year-round.

Also accepted all year round:

General Articles

The Journal is always looking for papers and proposals, even if not related to its Yearly Theme! All areas of philosophy are welcome. Any format of SF story (short story, novel, movie, TV series, interactive) may be addressed. Papers must develop a philosophical idea in an original direction (i.e., not merely illustrate a well-known philosophical concept). See Guidelines for Authors for more information.

 

Book Reviews

The Journal is now accepting Book Reviews! Reviews must be of books on science fiction and philosophy. Because there is some "catching up" to do, there is not at present a limitation on how new a publication should be. (See Section Policies for more information.)

Where to begin? See our Book Review Wishlist for some ideas.

The Education Station

The Journal is also looking for well-written, non-peered reviewed articles on creative ways of using SF for teaching philosophy.

NEW: Response Essays

Response essays are short pieces of scholarly literature (1-4 pages) responding to philosophical issues in current or past journal articles (or responding to previous responses). They are not peer-reviewed, but are subject to editorial approval and added to the current volume’s contents. They may focus on very specific elements of a published article, providing the opportunity to clarify, criticize, support or debunk with technical expertise, but without the burden of writing a full-fledge article to that effect. Authors may use this feature too, to clarify or defend, or to acknowledge an accurate criticism and modify their views. (See Section Policies for more information.)

Contact the Editor at editor.jsfphil@gmail.com with any questions.