We’ve got a real treat for you today, in so far as anything is a treat, in what is essentially a series of conjoined random moments perceived by overly-evolved carbon atoms.
Any self-respecting philosopher will have jumped on the Rick and Morty bandwagon, and in a piece by our latest contributor, Julius Jung, one of the more interesting themes from the newest series is examined in depth.
In Self Identity Through Memories, Julius explains how the thread of memory in Series 3 Episode 8 (“Morty’s Mind Blowers”) - specifically how memories link together in the fragile ecosystem within which they exist in our consciousness — offers up a theory as to the role memory plays in both our understanding, and expression, of the self.
Drawing on scientific consensus and philosophical arguments from the likes of John Locke, Julius ultimately leads us down a path to existential nihilism — questioning the veracity of our reality — that ties us back nicely with the overall philosophy of the show.
Keep an eye out over the next few days, for more tomes on subjects like Kierkegaard and Fantasy Football, Ayn Rand and Amazon, and De Beauvoir on The Cloud.
In the meantime, enjoy.
As much as one can enjoy anything, that is.
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