Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast

Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast

Latest Episodes

98: Geordi's Pedagogically Esoteric PowerPoint Presentations
August 17, 2020

Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Secrecy in Star Trek. We explore the many forms of secret and forbidden knowledge, esoteric cultural practices, and hush-hush political agendas in the Star Trek universe.

97: A Real Butterfly
April 06, 2020

Philosophical Themes in Star Trek: Picard, Season 1. We explore an impressive list of philosophical themes and concepts in the first season of the recently completed first season of Star Trek: Picard.

96: Andorian Cowboys
November 18, 2019

Enterprise Season 1 - Essential Trek Philosophy. We discuss the overarching themes and our top choices for Essential Trek Philosophy from Star Trek: Enterprise, Season 1.

95: Eternity is Passé
October 29, 2019

Death Wish. We discuss the philosophical themes in the second-season Voyager episode "Death Wish," the question of meaning as it relates to death and immortality in the Q Continuum, and "Death Wish" as a well-developed example of Nietzschean philosophy.

94: Where Are the 24th-Century Space Hippies?
June 04, 2019

Utopianism in Star Trek. We discuss the optimistic vision of the future depicted in the Star Trek universe, the dark side of utopianism, and whether Star Trek should be seen as a modern-day take on a futuristic Plato's Republic.

93: In a Relevantly Similar Possible Universe, I Would Always Have Been Your Friend, Jim
May 06, 2019

Alternate Universes and Modal Realism. We discuss modal realism, the philosophical view that alternate universes or "possible worlds" really exist, through the lens of Star Trek.

92: Prepaid Long-Distance Mind Meld
January 21, 2019

Discovery Season 1 - Essential Trek Philosophy. We discuss the philosophical themes in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery.

91: Get That Whale Some Gumbo
January 14, 2019

Equality and Equal Rights. We discuss the philosophy of equality and equal rights in the United Federation of Planets, from the different senses of equality such as moral equality and equality of opportunity to equal rights for non-humanoid life forms.

90: ODD (Omniscience Deficit Disorder)
October 08, 2018

The Q Continuum. We give a philosophical analysis of the Q Continuum and the deity-like attributes of the Q.

89: Faustian Horseback Ride
September 24, 2018

Philosophical Themes in "The Cage." We discuss the philosophical themes in the unaired pilot episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, including the existential burdens of making choices and being in command, and the nature of human happiness.