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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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Android Empathy

Android Empathy

(p.308) Android Empathy
I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores how the distinction between humans and androids, between empathy and psychopathy, traverses every human psyche. In the movie Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) busts an android network and senses that he, as the Form Destroyer, is impinging on a microcosm of life. Thus he rises to the occasion as overseer and death driver while the androids are miniaturized, in a sense, inside their representation of world or life. In both Blade Runner and the novel on which it is based, science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the android begins to enter the field of testing as object of empathy. Blade Runner departs from or exceeds the safe enclosure of its android self-reflexivity in the closing staging of finitude, for androids and humans alike.

Keywords:   humans, androids, empathy, psychopathy, human psyche, Blade Runner, science fiction, Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, self-reflexivity

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