Popular Culture and Philosophy

A blog for contributors and editors by Series Editor, George A. Reisch

Mister Rogers and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | October 1, 2018

Mister Rogers and Philosophy
edited by Eric J. Mohr and Holly K. Mohr

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays on topics related to the work and vision of Fred Rogers and the PBS television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The volume is to be published as part of Open Court’s successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series (e.g., Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, etc.).

Mister Rogers—the beloved childhood figure for generations—has enjoyed cultural influence that warrants philosophical and critical consideration. Please submit abstracts, between 200 and 500 words along with a CV or resume, on any aspect of philosophical interest related to Mister Rogers, the man and/or the show.

Any already-written, unpublished papers may be submitted along with an abstract. We are looking for final drafts to be on the shorter-side, between 3,000 and 4,500 words. Papers that are longer than 4,000 will likely be asked to be trimmed to reduce verbosity and ensure accessibility to our target audience.

Chapters should be accessible and entertaining to the general public, and to fans of the show who may or may not have prior interest in philosophy. Creative engagement with the topics and the connections to philosophical ideas are encouraged. Contributors may want to consult other volumes in the series, and should be willing to tailor articles to Open Court’s submission guidelines to ensure an appeal to a non-academic audience.

Anticipated Deadlines

  • ·       Abstracts due by Nov. 26, 2018 (notification by Dec. 3)
  • ·       First drafts due by Jan. 21, 2019
  • ·       Final drafts due by Mar. 18, 2019

Open Court has asked for a completed manuscript by April 15th for October 2019 publication (to accompany the film release of You Are My Friend). As such, early submissions are always welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • ·       The simple and deep/shallow and complex
  • ·       Community and the meaning of neighborhood
  • ·       Love/kindness/compassion
  • ·       “Neighborhood expression of care”
  • ·       Identity and authenticity
  • ·       Children, child psychology, child/parent relationship
  • ·       Education
  • ·       Language and communication
  • ·       Feelings
  • ·       Empathy
  • ·       Imagination
  • ·       Respect and Acceptance
  • ·       Equality and inclusion
  • ·       Essential vs. inessential
  • ·       The inner and the outer
  • ·       Personal uniqueness
  • ·       Puppets
  • ·       Forms of media
  • ·       Marketing to Children
  • ·       Consumerism
  • ·       Privilege
  • ·       The Mister Rogers Legacy

Please email abstracts, as well as any questions, to Eric Mohr (eric.mohr@stvincent.edu). We’re looking forward to hearing your ideas.

Eric J. Mohr
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Saint Vincent College, Latrobe PA
eric.mohr@stvincent.edu

Holly K. Mohr
Director of Religious Education
Saint Mary of the Mount Church, Pittsburgh PA
hmohr@smomp.org

RuPaul’s Drag Race and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | September 25, 2018

Call For Abstracts: RuPaul’s Drag Race and Philosophy

Abstracts are sought for a volume in Open Court’s Philosophy and Pop Culture Series on RuPaul’s Drag Race. With its 10th season concluding as the most successful yet, RuPaul’s Drag Race has established itself as a major pop-cultural event that mediates drag culture to the broader public. In RuPaul’s own words, we are experiencing the “Golden Age of drag.”

While RuPaul’s Drag Race started out as a competition-based reality TV show, it has since then become much more. The show’s appeal stems from incorporating a huge variety of subcultural practices, norms, and phrases, offering a blend of references of drag, LGBTIQ+, race and other movements based in identity politics with great philosophical potential.

This book aims to lift this potential in combining philosophical exploration with the themes and examples of the show. From issues being discussed on the show directly – theories of gender construction, aesthetics, identity – to interpreting RuPaul’s famous quotes and phrases to taking some practices and occurrences as point of departure for philosophical reflections, RuPaul’s Drag Race offers many docking points for intriguing debate and surprising new approaches to old philosophical problems.

Thus, we invite thoughtful and thought-provoking contributions from all philosophical perspectives and traditions that pertain to RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Possible chapter topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Spilling the T: Drag Race on Truth and Truthfulness
  • You’re Born Naked and the Rest is Drag: Philosophical Approaches to Identity and Self-Perception
  • If you don’t love yourself…: Self-love, self-criticism, self-hatred
  • She done already done had herses: Theories of Justice and Injustice
  • Sashay Away: How to Deal with Loss and Death
  • Call Me Mother: Drag Race and Different Concepts of Motherhood
  • Can I get an Amen?: Religion and Drag Race
  • Eleganza Extravaganza: Hedonism, Epicurus and the Good Life
  • The Realness: Ontological Questions in Drag Race
  • Reading is Fundamental: Speech Acts and Philosophy of Language
  • Fierceness and Virtue Theory
  • Lip-Syncing as Art Form in its Own Right
  • Flazéda: Theories on the Meaning of Words
  • Drag as a Performance Art
  • Facts are Facts: Postmodernism, Post-Truth, and Relativity
  • Drag ‘Race’: The Role of Racial Identity and Dynamics in Drag Race
  • Skinny Legend and Obese Icon: Body Aesthetics, Body Images
  • Drag Race and the Perpetuation of Harmful Female Stereotypes
  • Plastic Surgery and Fairness in Competition
  • Ornacia and Theories of Mind
  • Drag Race Between Irreverence and Offensiveness
  • Everybody Say Love!: Emotions, Feelings and Affection

Contributor Guidelines and Schedule:

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words prepared for blind-review to hendrik.kempt@uni-siegen.de and meganvolpert@gmail.com, with a biographical note of no more than 200 words within the body of your email by November 1st.

Chapters are expected to be between 3000 and 6000 words, written in an engaging style accessible to an intelligent lay audience (no unexplained philosophical concepts or theories, no footnotes, and restrained use of philosophical jargon).

Notifications of acceptance sent out by November 15th, 2018, with first drafts due by February 1st, 2019.

Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy, CFA Deadline Extended.

Posted on | July 14, 2018

Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy
edited by Robin Bunce and Trip McCrossin.

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to Blade Runner 2049. The volume is to be published by Open Court Publishing, as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series (e.g., Twin Peaks and Philosophy, Westworld and Philosophy, The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy, and many others).

Abstracts are welcome on any topic of philosophical interest related to Blade Runner 2049. We are especially interested in work that engages philosophical issues/topics/concepts in Blade Runner 2049 in creative and nonstandard ways.

Chapters should be accessible and entertaining to a general audience. They may be critical, but should be constructively so, readers being most likely also fans. Contributors may want to consult the above or other volumes in the series (http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm).

While Blade Runner 2049 is the volume’s primary focus, we welcome work that reflects the overall storyline, including: Philip K. Dick’s original novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the original film, Blade Runner, K.W. Jeter’s trilogy of Blade Runner novels, and the short films Blade Runner 2022, Blade Runner 2036, and Blade Runner 2048.

The following is a very modest selection of overlapping areas of interest, which contributors are encouraged to work in between and beyond.

  1. Gender, sexuality, reproduction
  2. Race, ethnicity, nationality
  3. Reality, experience, their relation
  4. Identity and authenticity
  5. The nature of consciousness, of bodies
  6. Human nature/replicant nature, and the making of persons
  7. Reason, memory, empathy, and autonomy in being human, being good
  8. Politics and power, government and law enforcement
  9. Politics and society, the limits of the city, the expansion of colonies
  10. Technology and commerce, social and ecological degradation
  11. Writers and artists, in and out of Deckard’s Las Vegas library, such as Graham Greene, Franz Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov, Sergei Prokofiev, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Leonardo da Vinci, as well as Wallace’s and others’ religious references.

Contributor Guidelines:

  • Your abstract should be 100-500 words in length.
  • Please submit your work only by email — both in the body of a message and as a pair of attachments: one a word-processed file (preferably in Microsoft Word (with either a .doc or a .docx suffix)), the other a version of it in Portable Document Format (with a .pdf suffix) — to both Robin Bunce (rerb2@cam.ac.uk) and Trip McCrossin (trip@mccrossin.org).
  • Please include with your abstract a resume/CV for each author/coauthor (in whatever form you prefer).
  • First and subsequent drafts should be roughly 3,000 words in length (alternatively, roughly 10 pages, using 12 pt font, with one-inch margins around) and should minimize footnotes and other conventional trappings of academic writing.

Deadlines (all of them Mondays in 2018):

  1. Abstracts: by September 3
  2. Notification: by September 10 (one week later)
  3. First drafts: by October 22 (six weeks later)
  4. Initial feedback: by October 29 (one week later)
  5. Final drafts: by December 10 (six weeks later)

(Open Court has asked for a completed manuscript by the end of the year, for spring 2019 publication, which is the reason for the accelerated schedule, and why early submissions will be welcome.)

Dr Robin Bunce (rerb2@cam.ac.uk) is a historian of ideas based at Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Trip McCrossin (trip@mccrossin.org) teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey

The Good Place and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | July 10, 2018

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to the book and television series The Good Place. This volume will be published by Open Court Publishing (the publisher of The Simpsons and Philosophy, Pink Floyd and Philosophy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy, Bullshit and Philosophy, Mr. Robot and Philosophy, and The Americans and Philosophy, etc.) as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series. Chapters of the book are meant to be accessible and entertaining to a lay audience. Potential contributors may want to examine other volumes in the Open Court series.

The Good Place is centered around a woman, Eleanor Shellstrop, who finds herself in an afterlife (“The Good Place”) that one earns admission to through good behavior and having a positive impact on the world. Eleanor is only in the Good Place because of a clerical error but hopes to earn her place by becoming a better person. She is assisted by her “soul-mate,” a professor of ethics and moral philosophy, to try and become a less selfish and better version of herself. She is both helped and undermined by her relationship with Michael, the architect of The Good Place, Tahani, a philanthropist overshadowed in life by her sister, Jason, an amateur DJ from Pensacola, FL, and Janet, the artificial intelligence that assists the residents with their needs in the Good Place.

Contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of philosophical interest that pertains to The Good Place. The focus of this collection is, specifically, philosophical topics in The Good Place, but papers that connect to other work by series creator Mike Schur or the actors are also welcome, so long as the points made can be explicitly tied back to The Good Place.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  •  The practice of philosophy: What happens when you turn thought experiments into real experiments? Do the characters live up to the standards of the philosophers they discuss? What is the role and value of philosophy in the public sphere?
  • Ethical theories: How does the show use different ethical theories (Virtue ethics, Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Contractualism, Moral Particularism, etc.)? Do the characters really embody the ideals that they discuss? What is the audience to do with these mini-ethics lessons? Can ethics be taught by reading ethicists? Do we really need to be mortal to have a concept of morality?
  • Existentialism and meaning: how does the show engage the idea of an authentic self? What is the role of other people in the quest for an authentic self? How does the show depict the thought of Sartre, Camus, and Kierkegaard?
  • Gender in the Good Place: How does the show depict women doing philosophy? How is the audience encouraged to think about women and women’s agency? Does Janet have a gender? Does Michael?
  • Death and the afterlife: What is the meaning of death and dying? How does the vision of the afterlife in The Good Place relate to other televised afterlifes? Can it possibly make sense to run an afterlife on a points system? Is a non-religious afterlife really non-religious?

Proposals are not limited to these topics and we welcome submissions on other topics that connect the show to religion, philosophy, and contemporary culture.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone writing within a religious or philosophic discipline who might be interested in contributing.

Contributor Guidelines:

Abstract of paper (100–750 words)
Resume/CV for each author/coauthor of the paper
Initial submission (if abstract is approved) should be roughly 4000 words and may be made by email (we prefer MS Word attachment)
Deadlines:

  • Abstracts due September 4, 2018
  • First drafts due October 15, 2018
  • Final drafts due December 10, 2018

(We are looking to complete the entire ms by December 31, 2018, so early submissions are encouraged and welcomed!)

Please submit abstracts, as well as any questions, to the following: good.place.and.philosophy@gmail.com

You can also contact us directly:

Steven A. Benko
Associate Professor, Religious and Ethical Studies
Meredith College, Raleigh NC
benkos@meredith.edu

Andrew Pavelich
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Houston-Downtown, Houston TX
pavelicha@uhd.edu

Stranger Things and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | May 30, 2018

Call for Abstracts:
Stranger Things and Philosophy: Thus Spake the Demogorgan
Edited by Jeffrey Ewing and Andrew M. Winters

Abstracts are sought for a collection of essays related to the Netflix original series Stranger Things. This volume will be published by Open Court Publishing (the publisher of The Simpsons and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, Dexter and Philosophy, The Walking Dead and Philosophy, Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy, and The Princess Bride and Philosophy, etc.) as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series. We are seeking abstracts, but anyone who has already written an unpublished paper on this topic may submit it in its entirety. Potential contributors may want to examine other volumes in the Open Court series.

Contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of philosophical interest that pertains to Stranger Things. The editors are especially interested in receiving submissions that engage philosophical issues/topics/concepts in Stranger Things in creative and novel ways.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested in contributing.

Contributor Guidelines:

  1. Abstract of paper (100–750 words)
  2. Resume/CV for each author/coauthor of the paper
  3. Initial submission should be made by email (we prefer e-mail with MS Word attachment)

Deadlines:

  • Abstracts due August 1st, 2018
  • Authors notified of decisions by September 1st, 2018
  • First drafts due December 1st, 2018

We are looking to complete the entire manuscript by June 1st, 2019 so early submissions are encouraged and welcomed! Send abstracts to: strangerthingsandphilosophy@gmail.com

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Who or what is the mind flayer?
  • Is Will himself when he has been possessed?
  • How much does a person’s memories determine who she is? Who is Will when he has lost his memories?
  • What is the upside down? What’s beyond the gate?
  • Does the way that events appear in the upside down provide insight to how things really are?
  • Is accessing the upside down similar to leaving Plato’s cave?
  • Is the mind extended?
  • Is there a hive mind?
  • Why do the Demadogs die when the Shadow Monster is sealed off by Eleven?
  • How do we come to know that other dimensions exist?
  • What role does Hawkins Lab have in gaining access to the upside down?
  • Does Hawkins Lab create the upside down or does it discover it?
  • How are we to account for the powers that Eleven and Eight possess?
  • Is Joyce a good mother?
  • In which ways are Hopper and Brenner father figures to Eleven?
  • Is it ever okay to break a promise to a friend?
  • Does the person who draws first blood have an obligation to apologize first?
  • Why should we pursue the truth? What risks should we take on in doing so?
  • What forms of experimentation should not be undertaken?
  • Do the ends of research always justify the means?
  • What are the appropriate goals of scientific research?
  • What does the government owe its citizens?
  • How honest should the government be?
  • Is it ever morally permissible to break the law?
  • Why are we drawn to the 80’s motif?
  • Why are we drawn to the macabre, slimy, and horrific?
  • When does the strange become our norm?
  • Why are the boys so impressed by Madmax?
  • Bob’s affinity for technology: How do we become accustomed to new technologies (such as videocameras)?
  • Nancy’s confession: Are we responsible for our actions while intoxicated?
  • Kali’s mission: Is it okay to hurt others who have hurt you?

The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy, Call for Abstracts

Posted on | April 23, 2018

Call for Abstracts

The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy

Rachel Robison-Greene, Editor

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to the book and television series The Handmaid’s Tale. This volume will be published by Open Court Publishing (the publisher of The Simpsons and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, Dexter and Philosophy, The Walking Dead and Philosophy, Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy, and The Princess Bride and Philosophy, etc.) as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series. Chapters of the book are meant to be accessible and entertaining to a lay audience. Potential contributors may want to examine other volumes in the Open Court series.

Contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of philosophical interest that pertains to The Handmaid’s Tale. The focus of this collection is, specifically, philosophical topics in The Handmaid’s Tale, but papers that explore themes in other works of Margaret Atwood are also welcome, so long as the points made can be explicitly tied back to The Handmaid’s Tale.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone writing within a philosophic discipline who might be interested in contributing.

Contributor Guidelines:

  1. Abstract of paper (100–750 words)
  2. Resume/CV for each author/coauthor of the paper
  3. Initial submission should be roughly 3000 words and may be made by mail or email (we prefer e-mail with MS Word attachment)
  4. Deadlines:

Abstracts due May 15, 2018
First drafts due June 15, 2018
Final drafts due July 15, 2018

(I am looking to complete the entire ms by July 31, 2018, so early submissions are encouraged and welcomed!)

Mail:

Rachel Robison-Greene
Department of Political Science and Philosophy
Weber State University
1203 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-1203

Email: rachelrobison@weber.edu

 

Rick and Morty and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | November 29, 2017

Call for Abstracts:
Rick and Morty and Philosophy
Edited by Wayne Yuen and Lester Abesamis

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to the Adult Swim television series Rick and Morty. This volume will be published by Open Court Publishing (the publisher of The Simpsons and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, Dexter and Philosophy, The Walking Dead and Philosophy, Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy, and The Princess Bride and Philosophy, etc.) as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series. We are seeking abstracts, but anyone who has already written an unpublished paper on this topic may submit it in its entirety. Potential contributors may want to examine other volumes in the Open Court series.

Contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of philosophical interest that pertains to Rick and Morty. The editors are especially interested in receiving submissions that engage philosophical issues/topics/concepts in Rick and Morty in creative and non-standard ways.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone writing within a philosophic discipline who might be interested in contributing.

Contributor Guidelines:

1. Abstract of paper (100–750 words)

2. Resume/CV for each author/coauthor of the paper

3. Initial submission should be made by email (we prefer e-mail with MS Word attachment)

4. Deadlines:

Abstracts due Feburary 1, 2018

First drafts due April 1, 2018

Final drafts due June 1, 2018

We are looking to complete the entire ms by July 2018, so early submissions are encouraged and welcomed! Send abstracts to: Picklephilosophy@gmail.com

 

Westworld and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | November 27, 2017

Call for Abstracts:
Westworld and Philosophy

Richard Greene & Josh Heter, Editors

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to the HBO television series Westworld (we also welcome essays on the 1973 movie of the same name on which it is based, the 1976 sequel to that movie, Futureworld, and the subsequent 1980 television series, Beyond West World). This volume will be published by Open Court Publishing (the publisher of The Simpsons and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, Dexter and Philosophy, The Walking Dead and Philosophy, Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy, and The Princess Bride and Philosophy, etc.) as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series. We are seeking abstracts, but anyone who has already written an unpublished paper on this topic may submit it in its entirety. Potential contributors may want to examine other volumes in the Open Court series.

Contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of philosophical interest that pertains to Westworld. The editors are especially interested in receiving submissions that engage philosophical issues/topics/concepts in Westworld in creative and nonstandard ways.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone writing within a philosophic discipline who might be interested in contributing.

Contributor Guidelines:
1. Abstract of paper (100–750 words)
2. Resume/CV for each author/coauthor of the paper
3. Initial submission should be made by email (we prefer e-mail with MS Word attachment)
4. Deadlines:
Abstracts due February 1, 2018
First drafts due April 1, 2018
Final drafts due June 1, 2018
(we are looking to complete the entire ms by June 15, 2018, so early submissions are encouraged and welcomed!)

Email:
westworldandphilosophy@gmail.com

Scott Adams and Philosophy, Deadline extended.

Posted on | November 13, 2017

Scott Adams and Philosophy
Edited by Dan Yim, Galen Foresman, and Robert Arp

Submit abstracts to: scottadamsphilosophy@gmail.com

“My hypothesis is that the political side that is out of power is the one that hallucinates the most—and needs to—in order to keep their worldview intact. For example, when President Obama was in office, I saw all kinds of hallucinations on the right about his intentions to destroy America from the inside because he ‘hates’ it. That was a mass hysteria. If President Obama wanted to destroy America, he failed miserably. We’re stronger than ever” (from “The Magical Thinking Opposition,” Scott Adams’s Blog, August 22, 2017, http://blog.dilbert.com/ ).

You wouldn’t expect a quotation like this to come from the likes of a guy who produced the comic strip, Dilbert, but satirists like Scott Adams are usually pretty sharp. So sharp, in fact, that a week after the first Republican debate in August of 2015 (where most everyone thought Trump had done himself in with his Rosie-O’Donnell reference in response to Megyn Kelly’s obviously loaded question about Trump’s misogynistic comments) Adams predicted: “he will be our next president” (“Clown Genius,” August 13, 2015). As the Trump campaign continued, Adams kept pace and blogged almost daily about Trump’s ability to hypnotize and persuade the American public. In October of 2017, Adams’s book will be published: Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter. Besides the impressive array of philosophical topics exhibited in Adams’s blog posts, there are the many topics that have been explored over the 28 years or so that Dilbert has been produced. This book seeks to explore many of Adams’s philosophical thoughts, ideas, and arguments.

  • By Nov. 27, 2017, send proposed abstracts of no more than 300 words to: scottadamsphilosophy@gmail.com
  • First drafts of accepted essays must be completed by January 8, 2018.
  • 3,000 to 3,500-word philosophy papers are written in a conversational style for a lay audience

Any relevant topic considered, but here are some possibilities to prompt your thinking:

– Logic and the use of persuasion
– Grandiose delusions, self-deception, self-efficacy, self-serving bias, and their usage in persuasion
– A description and assessment of Adams’s persuasion filter
– Adams’s understanding of hypnosis as a persuasive tool
– How to characterize stupidity
– Adams’s assessment of the everyday person’s procedure of rational justification for belief assessment
– Whether truth is over-rated.
– Might truth be a kind a grand project of chasing after windmills?
– Fake it until you make it: adaptive self-deception.
– Socrates, self-awareness, and the Dunning–Kruger effect
– Philosophy of humor
– The epistemic value of humor
– Can humor reveal the truth about reality in ways that formal arguments cannot?
– What is the philosophical usefulness of satire?
– Dilbert, and the nature and value of corporate bodies
– On Norm Solomon’s claim, “The Dilbert phenomenon accepts—and perversely eggs on—many negative aspects of corporate existence as unchangeable facets of human nature… Dilbert speaks to some very real work experiences while simultaneously eroding inclinations to fight for better working conditions.”
– Is the Peter Principle a real principle?
– Eudaimonia and the meaningfulness (or lack thereof) in vocation.
– What role does work or vocation play in the flourishing human life?
– Normative ethical systems and workplace behavior
– Four stages of competence and ultracrepidarianism in the workplace or other areas
– Characters of Dilbert comics as tropes of different philosophical theories of human nature
– Pessimism versus optimism about the human condition
– Nietzschean perspectives on life
– Sartrean existentialist perspectives on life
– Camus’ absurdist perspectives on life
– Kierkegaardian hope in the midst of absurdity
– God’s Debris, The Religion War, God, and panpsychism in philosophy of mind
– God’s Debris, The Religion War, self-deception, delusion, and religious belief
– God’s Debris, The Religion War, and the epistemology of religious extremism
– How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, happiness, and the good life

Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to: scottadamsphilosophy@gmail .com

The Twilight Zone and Philosophy, Call for Abstracts

Posted on | November 10, 2017

The Twilight Zone and Philosophy

Editors: Alexander E. Hooke and Heather Rivera

Of the many venues in popular culture and philosophy, few present such a wide range of perplexities about human nature as The Twilight Zone. Its programs depict the human as idealist, pathetic, loyal, alienated, trusting, self-deluded, trusting, violated, among so many other attributes. The shows can be construed as thought experiments that reflect perennial themes and disputes in philosophy.

The Twilight Zone was a revolutionary moment in television culture. Among various rankings of the top 100 TV shows of all time, The Twilight Zone is the only one made in the 1950s/60s that ranks among the top ten. It has influenced a variety of directions in subsequent television production and creativity, including the current popular series Black Mirror.

Twilight Zone and Philosophy attempts to bring the insights and paradoxes of Rod Serling’s project to contemporary audiences through a variety of philosophical perspectives. If you are interested in this project, please send us a proposal/abstract of 300-400 words. Topics and writing should be accessible to a general humanities and undergraduate audience. Final essays be between 2,500 and 3,500 words (For accurate references to specific episodes, please check the definitive The Twilight Zone Companion, by Marc Zicree.)

Possible themes or titles:

  • Can loving a robot be true love?
  • Humor as Despair in Twilight Zone
  • Whether we know we are in the Fifth Dimension
  • Surprises in Time and Space
  • Fear and Trembling among the masses
  • A Machine calls my Name…Should I answer?
  • What’s wrong with humans being food for aliens?
  • Dreams or Realities—Testing the limits of our imaginations
  • Beauties, Beasts and Aesthetic Norms
  • Shattered Eyeglasses for a Misanthrope
  • Joy in Forgotten Places and Times
  • Reincarnations of Twilight Zone, from Night Gallery to Black Mirror
  • Alienation as a permanent human condition
  • The play and curse of reason
  • How deep is the pit of our fears, and how high the summit of our knowledge?

Send proposals/abstracts to Alex Hooke at ahooke@stevenson.edu and Heather Rivera at munkzilla1@gmail.com.

Our tentative schedule:

January 15, 2018: Deadline for Abstract/Proposals
February 1: Notification of accepted abstracts
March 1: Deadline for first drafts
May 1: Submission of final drafts

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