CRITICAL THINKING DISCUSSION PROJECT (Phil 1301)
the article above based on the movie, Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Measure of a Man”. You may watch the TWO
EPISODES BELOW, link at youtube video
Discuss in this paper the following (1 paragraph for each):
(Par 1)What is the story about, what is the main issue discussed in the movie
thriller? Describe the metaphysical problem involved in the story?
b. (Par 2) Who is really “Data”—what do you
think is the identity of this “being” in the world (if this is truly real)?
Why? Can I used “he” or “it” to describe such being? Is he human? Is it a
machine? What makes him unique machine? Characterize Data being a machine has
human being’s qualities. What are these
qualities? Reproducing many of this machines can be called a “race”? Is this
(Par 3) Data refused to undergo procedures to be examined, to be dismantled,
and be reproduced? Is he/it free? What
does it mean for him to be free? Discuss the issues for granting Data his right
to refuse, or shall anyone force him to undergo the procedures? Why?
(Par 4) Is this movie metaphysical? Is this a fundamental problem of
philosophy? A metaphysical problem? What can you conclude as important for us
humans to learn from the movie? At the end, JAG officer made a ruling. Is the
ruling right granting Data his right to refuse? Comment on this.
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