Hermeneutics in Star
Hermeneutics is the art and science of meaning and textual
interpretation. In this episode of Meta Treks: A Star Trek
Philosophy Podcast, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison
discuss issues of meaning and interpretation in Star Trek.
From how to interpret Bajoran sacred texts and prophecies, to the
interpretation of Federation law and Starfleet regulations, to the
meaning of the Star Trek franchise itself for us today,
Zachary and Mike cover a range of philosophical issues related to
meaning in Star Trek, such as: original meaning vs. new
interpretations, literal meaning vs. metaphorical meaning, the
relationship between interpretation and hierarchical power
structures, changes in meaning due to evolving language, and
various analytical techniques used in hermeneutics.