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By Jason T. Eberl

This thought-provoking ebook examines the philosophical concerns bobbing up from the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica
tv sequence, revealing how the ragtag fleet's outward trip to Earth is additionally an inward exploration for the human survivors and their Cylon pursuers.

Part of The Blackwell Philosophy and dad tradition sequence.

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But there are worse things that can happen to a person than for him simply to act badly. He can act badly and get away with it. “I do not think we have reached the extreme of wretchedness,” Plato says after describing the person with a tyrannized soul. More wretched still is “the one who is tyrannical, but doesn’t live a private life, because some misfortune provides him with the opportunity to become an actual tyrant” (578c). If a person with a tyrannized soul succeeds in remaking the world after his own inner darkness, there’s nothing to hold back his misery.

Later, after he falls under the spell of another Six he’d rescued from torture, he has the nuclear warhead smuggled to her (“Epiphanies”); she later detonates it, destroying Cloud Nine and signaling the humans’ location on New Caprica to the Cylons (“Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2”). But most importantly, Plato says a person with a tyrannized soul will become a traitor. If he’s an ordinary person with no one else to betray, he’ll betray his parents: “He’d sacrifice his long loved and irreplaceable mother for a recently acquired girlfriend he can do 32 “What a Strange Little Man”: Baltar the Tyrant?

The Roman Empire had essentially collapsed and broken in half. The Western half, where he lived, was ruled by a barbarian, the Ostrogoth Theodoric. Theodoric persecuted Boethius, believing him to be a traitor. 5 The opening problem in that work is this: How could a just God allow this to happen? Why do I suffer while a tyrant like Theodoric prospers? Boethius’ answer looks to his Greek heritage, to Plato and his treatment of the tyrant. Boethius accepts Plato’s psychological vision and raises it to a metaphysical level.

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