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Futurama and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | October 25, 2012

Call for Abstracts
Futurama and Philosophy

Edited by Courtland D. Lewis and Shaun P. Young

Abstracts are sought for potential contributions to a collection of philosophical essays examining the popular television series Futurama. This collection will be published by Open Court Publishing as a volume in its successful Popular Culture and Philosophy Series (http://www.opencourtbooks.com/

Potential contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of broad philosophical interest that pertains to Futurama. Possible topics/titles include:

DOOP, the Neutral Zone, Omicron Persei 8, and International Relations

Bender, Calculon, and Greeting Card: Artificial Intelligence in the 31 st Century

Humans, Robots, Mutants, and Aliens: Diversity on 31st-century Earth

Empathy Chips, Holophoners, Fon-Fon Rus, and Yivo: Emotion and Love in Futurama

Career Chips, Death Clocks, the Smell-o-Scope, and the “What-if” machine: (Weird?) Science in the 31st century

Mutants, Sewer Dwelling and Segregation in New New York

Willy Wonka, Married with Children, Mash, Midnight Cowboy, and Emeril Lagasse: Popular Culture in Futurama

Bachelor Chow, Lightspeed Briefs, and Big Pink: Consumerism on 31st-century Earth

Futurama and the Future: Do Groening and Cohen Take on the Futurists?

Death and Dying

a. Suicide Booths on Every Corner
b. The Importance of a Happy Death: Life on the Near-Death Star Topics on Popular Culture
a. As Religion: The Rise and Fall of the Church of Trek
b. Hypnotoad: The Most Honest Form of Media
c. Fan-boys, -Girls, and -Aliens in the 31st Century The Ethics of Eating
a. Bite Sized Babies, with Special Sauce, Please!
b. Knowing (and Caring) About What’s in Your Food: The Slurm Files
c. Living by Alcohol Alone

Existential Quandaries

a. Life as a Head in Jar
b. The Loneliness of Zoidberg
c. The Importance of Being Cute: Perspectives from Amy, Nibbler, and Cats
d. A Fossilized Dog is Man’s Best Friend
c. Love Knows No Boundaries in Time or Space: The Problems of Fry and Lrrr
d. The Virtues of Wearing Tinfoil: Insanity vs. Sanity

The Earth and the Environment

a. Eco-feminism and Environmental Ethics in the 31st Century: Garbage Balls, Cosmic Anomalies, and the Need for Interplanetary Golf
b. Farnsworth’s Evolution vs. Banjo’s Creaturism
c. Global Warming in the Present and the Future
d. Ludistic Virtue as a Simple Wooden Bender

Time Travel Paradoxes

a. Why Duplicates Hate Themselves
b. Why the Globetrotters are our Greatest Physicists

c. I Am My Own Grandpa
d. Eternal Recurrence


a. “Freedom Day” and Why We Don’t Like Freedom
b. Is Bender Determined to be Free? Are We Free to Be Determined?
c. There is a Little Lrrr in all of Us Who Wants to Conquer
d. How Much has the Legal System Changed in a 1000 Years?
e. Sexual Freedom in the 31st Century: Proposition Infinity and Polygamy

Potential contributors are encouraged to write creative, fun, philosophical essays inspired by or about all things Futurama. 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, South Park and Philosophy, SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy). Selected contributors will receive 10 copies of the book in compensation.

Contributor Guidelines:
• A brief abstract (100-500 words)
• Author’s/Co-authors’ CV(s)/resume(s)
• Submission deadline: November 9, 2012 (selections made by November 28, 2012)
• Abstracts and CVs/resumes must be submitted via e-mail to: futuramaandphilosophy@gmail.com

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


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