Popular Culture and Philosophy

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

The Americans and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | October 31, 2016

Call for Abstracts

The Americans and Philosophy
Edited by Robert Arp

From Wikipedia: “Set in the early 1980s during the Cold War, The Americans is the story of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple living in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., with their unsuspecting children and their neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI agent working in counterintelligence… The fourth season premiered on March 16, 2016. On May 25, 2016, FX set an end-date for the series by renewing it for a fifth and sixth season. The 13-episode fifth season will air in 2017, followed by a 10-episode sixth and final season in 2018…”

- Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to: robertarp320@gmail.com

- Abstracts due: Friday, November 11, 2016, but you can send them in sooner

- Notification of accepted abstracts: Friday, November 18, 2016

- First drafts of papers due: January 15, 2017
- 3,000 to 3,500-word philosophy papers are written in a conversational style for a lay audience
- Papers must frequently refer to ideas, arguments, characters, events, and circumstances, in The Americans

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

- Prisoner’s Dilemma-type situations found on the show

- Rational choice matrices and nuclear armaments

- The nature of socialism vs the nature of capitalism

- Are governments justified in using deception for the greater good of their societies?

- Is the Cold War actually a good thing for the stability of the world?

- Comparisons and contrasts between the USSR and today’s Russia

- A serious diagnosis of Clavell’s 1981 short story, “The Children’s Story”

- Duties to our own moral principles vs. duties to our government

- Duties to our religious principles vs. duties to our government

- On the blameworthiness of being complicit

- The definition and nature of ‘spy’

- The value and morality of torture to gain information

- Propaganda techniques and critical thinking

- Typical fallacies utilized in propaganda and messaging campaigns

- Totalitarian regimes vs. republics

- The nature of information and how it is used as a piece of power

- Defending your family: does an eye for an eye trump the legal process that “let the bastard walk”?

- The nature of blackmail and the question of whether it is every justified in being utilized

- The principle of double effect and the possibility of a just war

- Kantian reasons to allow oneself to be used or objectified

- On the minor character, Nick’s, claim: “Without a higher power, we’re no better than wild dogs”

- Discerning true statements from false statements when in a relationship of trust with a spy

- Various conceptions of evil in The Americans stories

- Feminism and Elizabeth as the atypical woman

- “Manchurian Candidate” kinds of control and whether one is justified in killing an innocent person being used as a tool of harm

- Existentialist themes in The Americans

- Is Philip, Elizabeth, or any spy really free to quit being a spy?

- Should the government ever have any secrets that it keeps from its citizens?

- Lying vs. not revealing the facts

- The moral limits of experimentation using humans

- Characters that exhibit a Kantian-based deontology, a Millian-based utilitarianism, and/or an Aristotelian-based virtue ethics

- What happens when we DENY EVERYTHING?

Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to: robertarp320@gmail.com

The Americans and Philosophy will be a book in Open Court Publishing Company’s Popular Culture and Philosophy Series: http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm. Submit ideas for possible future PCP books to the series editor, George A. Reisch, at pcpideas@gmail.com.

Thanks for your consideration.

 

Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | September 15, 2016

JIMI HENDRIX AND PHILOSOPHY

Abstracts are hereby solicited for Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy, an edition in the Popular Culture series by Open Court (which has published Philosophy and Girls, Philosophy and Batman, Philosophy and David Bowie, Philosophy and Seinfeld and many more).  The object is to reach an intelligent lay audience regarding its loves and likes in popular culture.  Your paper should be intriguing at first blush and serious, but much lighter than the heavy hand that usually drives a technical philosophical paper for academics.   Topics should vary (I do not need 15 papers on Hendrix and the blues).  Hendrix was one of the most important musicians and artists of the 20th Century – use your imagination.

Potential topics include:
music theory
race and culture
perception and hallucination
revolutionizing the electric guitar
excuse me while I kiss what?
John Lee Hooker meets Beethoven
the metaphysics of feedback
Private Hendrix: machine guns and “machine gun”
“The single greatest moment of the sixties”? The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock

Send potential entries and queries by December 1, 2016 to: Ted Ammon ammontg@millsaps.edu

The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | July 19, 2016

Naturally, Colbert knows all about it. Here is The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy CFA.

Contact the editors at TMITHCandPhilosophy@gmail.com and please include a copy of your CV or equivalent when pitching potential contributions to this volume.

MR. ROBOT and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | July 18, 2016

Call for Abstracts: Mr. Robot and Philosophy

Richard Greene & Rachel Robison-Greene, Editors

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to the television series Mr. Robot. 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 Mr. Robot. The editors are especially interested in receiving submissions that engage philosophical issues/topics/concepts in Mr. Robot 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 may be made by mail or email (we prefer e-mail with MS Word attachment)

4. Submission deadline: September 15, 2016 (we are looking to complete the entire ms by January 15, 2017, so early submissions are encouraged and welcomed!)

Mail:

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

rgreene@weber.edu
rachelrobison@weber.edu

Hamilton and Philosophy, Call for Abstracts

Posted on | April 25, 2016

Hamilton and Philosophy, CFA

Co-edited by Aaron Rabinowitz and Robert Arp

 

Hamilton: An American Musical is a cultural phenomenon that is promoting interest in revolutionary history and race in America. The show is poised to sweep the Tony Awards and will soon have productions opening nationwide and internationally. Hamilton and Philosophy will be a book in Open Court Publishing Company’s Popular Culture and Philosophy series: http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm.

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

- Abstracts due: June 1st, 2016, but you can send them in sooner

- Notification of accepted abstracts: July 1st, 2016

- First draft of papers due: September 1st, 2016

- 3,000 to 3,500-word philosophy papers are written in a conversational style for a lay audience.  Papers must frequently refer to ideas, arguments, characters, events, and circumstances in Hamilton: An American Musical or the show’s production or historical source material.

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

Ethics

- “In New York you can be a new man” Existentialism and the American Dream

- “I wrote my way out of hell” Bootstrapping and the hero’s journey

- “What’s a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see” Legacy or happy experiences, which is the good life?

- “I’m never satisfied” Is unhappiness necessary for success?

- “Wait for it” In defense of patience, skepticism, pragmatism, etc.

- Burr’s calming yin and Hamilton’s raging yang

- “Laughing at my sister cuz she wants to form a harem” The ethics of open relationships, polyamory, and infidelity

- “How lucky we are to be alive right now” Angelica and living in the moment

- “That would be enough” Eliza and East/West philosophies of acceptance (stoicism, Taoism, Buddhism etc.)

Philosophy of History

- Should historical fiction be accurate?

- “A civics lesson from a slaver” Are we still ignoring the true history of slavery in America?

- The problem of “founder chic”

- Does history still belong to white men?

- “I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot” Ego and the individual in history

Political Philosophy and Social Issues

- What produces more progress, fighting or writing?

- “The unrest in France will lead to anarchy” The ethics of revolution and nation building

- “Where do we draw the line” interventionism vs isolationism

- Hamilton’s federalism and Hobbes’s strong man theory of government

- “Heed not the rabble” The dangers of majority rule

- “The room where it happens” Consequentialism in politics

- Should a society ban dueling or is that paternalistic?

- Is the federal bank a good thing or a bad thing?

- Is Hamilton really feminist? Chauvinist? Both?

- “Rise up” The intersectionality of social progress

- The omission of Hamilton’s alleged homosexuality

Epistemology

- “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story” The reliability of historical narratives

- Can fictionalizations teach us about truth?

- How do we know the right thing to do?

Philosophy of Theater

- “Your Obedient Servant” Representation of people of color and minorities in Hamilton

- Is race specific casting moral?

- Issues of non-traditional casting

- Does the cost of tickets exclude audiences?

- “What Comes Next” The future of representing minorities on Broadway

Metaphysics

- The “contradictions of independence” and whether a man “can ever be truly free”

- How the inevitability of death shapes our lives

- Destiny, purpose, and freedom in historic times

- “Death doesn’t discriminate” Does the universe care about us?

Peanut Butter and Phonetics

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

Thanks for your consideration.

Aaron Rabinowitz

aarondrabi@gmail.com

Peanuts and Philosophy, CFA deadline: May 15

Posted on | April 13, 2016

Call for Abstracts

Peanuts and Philosophy, Richard Greene & Rachel Robison-Greene, Editors

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts. 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 the various iterations of Peanuts (including the comic strip, the television shows, the plays, and the movies, etc.). The editors are especially interested in receiving submissions that engage philosophical issues/topics/concepts in Peanuts 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 may be made by mail or email (we prefer e-mail with MS Word attachment).

4. Submission deadline: Extended to May 15, 2016.

Mail:
Richard Greene
Department of Political Science and Philosophy
Weber State University
1203 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-1203
Email: 
rgreene@weber.edu
rachelrobison@weber.edu

Deadpool and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | January 27, 2016

Call for Abstracts: Deadpool and Philosophy

Edited by Nicolas Michaud and Jacob May for The Open Court Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

Please circulate and post widely. Apologies for Cross-posting.

Abstracts and subsequent essays must be accessible to a lay audience as well as philosophically substantial. All writing should be engaging and directly relevant to Deadpool film, comics, and games. Each chapter accepted for publication must address the character from a philosophical perspective. The chapters must be pointed and direct, engaging philosophical tools and theories to highlight insights revealed by Deadpool. This text, in particular, is an opportunity to have fun with the reader through philosophy. Authors are encouraged to be snarky, funny, and perhaps occasionally rude. But as philosophers, the last one should be no problem.

***The 10 to 12-paged papers are written in a conversational style***

Submission Guidelines:

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV’s: March 1st

2. Notification of accepted abstracts: March 7th

3. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: May 1st

Kindly submit abstract (with or without Word attachment) and CV by email to: Nicolas Michaud (philosophylives@gmail.com).

Possible topics include…

• Can Deadpool be a virtuous hero and still commit murder?

• Deadpool gets paid for his good deeds. Can he truly be considered a hero?

• The 4th Wall, Existence, and Literature. What kind of existence do literary characters have if they “know” they are in a comic book?

• Deadpool seems to have a deeper awareness of self and the maya; how can that be coherent with his violence?

• Deadpool and Immortality—Is it so good to never die?

• The Virtue of Humor—Making fun of Wolverine.

• Deadpool and Camus. Our hero knows he is in a comic book but is powerless to escape, can he make meaning out of meaninglessness?

• How does Deadpool’s past reflect on the power of genetics and upbringing?

• Deadpool and the Problem of Identity. Is Deadpool really Wade Wilson?

• Which of his personalities are the “real” Deadpool?

• Why let the child die? (the Apocalypse conundrum).

• The Multiverse Paradox – Rounding up the Deadpool Corps together in one universe.

• Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe – what happens when Deadpool breaks into the “real-world” to kill  the writers?

• Deadpool and Destruction of the Self – Is hunting down all versions of himself a form of suicide?

• If one knows that one’s fate is “written” can one be said to be free?

Please visit http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm for more information on Open Court’s Pop Culture and Philosophy series. To propose ideas for future volumes in the Open Court series please contact the Series Editor, George A. Reisch, at: pcpideas@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Nicolas Michaud

David Bowie and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | September 23, 2015

Call for Abstracts

David Bowie and Philosophy

Ted Ammon, editor

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to the work of David Bowie.  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. I am seeking abstracts, but complete unpublished papers will be considered. Potential contributors may want to examine other volumes in the Open Court series.

Any topic of Philosophical interest pertaining to the voluminous work of David Bowie will be considered, provided that it is written for an intelligent lay audience.  Minimize footnotes, nix obscure references, take nothing for granted regarding the philosophical background of your audience. Papers should nevertheless have serious philosophical content.

Possible areas of interest include:

  • Change
  • Religion
  • Apocalyptic and Dystopian Visions
  • Aesthetics of mixing musical genre
  • Sexuality
  • Theatrical Rock Performances
  • Musical Roots and Influences
  • The Berlin Years
  • Bowie vs. Warhol
  • Concern for Social and Political Issues
  • Bowie’s Influence on Pop Culture
  • Bowie’s famous reading list

Contributor Guidelines:

1. Abstract of paper (500-750 words).  Full-length papers should be about 3000 words.
2. Please email abstract/paper as a WORD attachment to ammontg@millsaps.edu.
4. Submission deadline: December 1, 2015.

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

PS:  Shortly I will announce a forthcoming volume on Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy.  Contributions to both editions are acceptable

Orphan Black and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | September 14, 2015

Call for Abstracts

Orphan Black and Philosophy

Richard Greene & Rachel Robison-Greene, Editors

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to the BBC television series Orphan Black. 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 Orphan Black The editors are especially interested in receiving submissions that engage philosophical issues/topics/concepts in Orphan Black 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 may be made by mail or email (we prefer e-mail with MS Word attachment)
4. Submission deadline: November 15, 2015 (we are looking to complete the entire ms by March 15, 2016, so early submissions are encouraged and welcomed!)

Mail:

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

Email: rgreene@weber.edu
rachelrobison@weber.edu

Red Rising and Philosophy

Posted on | August 13, 2015

Call for Abstracts

Red Rising and Philosophy

Submission Deadline, March 1, 2016

Edited by Courtland Lewis and Kevin McCain

Abstracts are sought for potential contributions to a collection of philosophical essays examining the Red Rising trilogy. This collection will be published by Open Court Publishing as a volume in its successful Popular Culture and Philosophy Series (http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm). Potential contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of broad philosophical interest that pertains to the Red Rising Trilogy. Possible topics/titles include:

• Personal identity and the transformation from red to gold

• Does Darrow face an epistemically transformative experience when he decides to become gold?

• The morality of destroying the Society

• The ethics of the Institute

• The morality of casting down the proctors

• Can red and gold really be friends?

• Mustang and the duty to one’s family

• Should you prostitute yourself to feed your family?

• Is the Society a realization of Plato’s Republic?

• Lifeboat ethics and the “quality control” before entering the Institute Do cognitive enhancement drugs that we currently have represent the first step toward a Society-like culture?

• Is Darrow the same person as the Reaper?

• Is living for more the only way to have a meaningful life?

• Why Lambda never gets the Laurel: Is life fair? Why do we expect it to be fair?

• Starring at the stars: The aesthetics of what we don’t have

• Sing the Song: When should you sacrifice yourself for the greater good

• The revolutionary nature of music and dance

Potential contributors are encouraged to write creative, fun, philosophical essays inspired by or about the Red Rising series. Essays must be written in an accessible, jargon-free style for general, non-academic readers. Potential contributors are also encouraged to examine other books in the Popular Culture and Philosophy Series while developing their ideas (for example, The Simpsons and Philosophy, Futurama and Philosophy, SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy, and among others, Doctor Who and Philosophy).

Contributor Guidelines: Submission deadline: October 15, 2015

• Send (1) A brief abstract (200-500 words) and (2) Author’s/Co-authors’ CV(s)/resume(s)

• Abstracts and CVs/resumes must be submitted via e-mail to: redrisingandphilosophy@gmail.com

• Decisions about accepted papers will be announced by March 15, 2016

• Drafts of accepted essays will be due April 15, 2016

• Final drafts of essays will be due by May 20, 2016

Please post this CFA or forward to anyone writing or working in fields closely related to philosophy who might be interested in contributing.

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