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Psych and Philosophy CFA is out

Posted on | April 11, 2012

Call for Abstracts

(Psych is a USA Network TV show.)

Psych and Philosophy

Edited by Robert Arp

(1)     Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to: robertarp320@gmail.com
(2)     Abstracts due: June 1, 2012
(3)     Notification of accepted abstracts: June 15, 2012
(4)     First drafts due: September 1, 2012 (flexible)
(5)     10 to 12-paged papers are written in a conversational style for a lay audience (this definitely ain’t no JPhil, Mind, or Nous publication).

Any relevant topic considered, but here are some possibilities:

– Crime scenes and the relationship between deduction, induction, and abduction
– The use of logical fallacies to influence or manipulate beliefs
– Pseudo-science vs. science
– Psychic abilities, hypnosis, and skepticism
– A psychosocial explanation of a psychic’s “abilities”
– The ability to recall numerous facts and what counts as being “smart”
– Shawn’s abilities and Bloom’s taxonomy (remembering, understanding, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation)
– Photographic memory and other forms of evidence
– Knowledge of the facts vs. getting lucky regarding the facts
– Non-creative vs. creative forms of problem solving
– Solo vs. communal problem solving
– Shawn’s justified true beliefs, or lack thereof
– Shawn’s proofs and disproofs for the existence of god
– Yin, Yang, and dualist themes in Psych
– Straight men, funny men, and the philosophy of humor
– Shawn’s relationship to his father, moral education, and virtue ethics
– Shawn, Gus, and the nature of moral and intellectual friendship
– An analysis of the nature of murder vs. other forms of killing
– Deontological vs. utilitarian themes in Psych
– The moral perspectives of the various characters in Psych
– Rationale for the continued use of psychic detectives by the police
– The continued apparent need for charlatans in our 21st-century societies
– Shawn, Gus, race relations, and Psych

Psych 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.


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