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This week, Pete and I complete our discussion of Blade Runner. We want especially to attract your attention to the shifts in the questions meant to define humanity. The original film featured replicants who thought they were human; now we see replicants who don’t think they’re human. Questions about soul, the interior, secretive part of the rational, mortal being that we are are replaced by questions of birth and funeral–getting at the family and religion, which define our humanity. We also talk about director Denis Villeneuve, whose previous movie, Arrival, was also very much pro-life.
We also talk about how the new movie describes America’s descent into inhumanity–this time it’s a libertarian nightmare. Human beings have their desires satisfied in a way that leaves them alone, unable to relate, unaware they are not merely individuals, but also relational beings. So we start from family, but we end with some notes on what’s missing from the libertarian nightmare: Citizenship, a political relationship between people.
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