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Jurassic Park and Philosopy, CFA—Deadline extended to May 13

Posted on | February 11, 2013

Call for Abstracts

Jurassic Park and Philosophy

Edited by Nicolas Michaud

The Open Court Popular Culture and Philosophy Series.

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 the Jurassic Park films or books.

***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: Monday, April 15th, 2013. (now May 13)
  2. Notification of accepted abstracts: Monday, April 29th
  3. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: Monday, August 5th

We will follow all deadlines strictly!

Kindly submit abstract (with or without Word attachment) and CV by email to: Nicolas Michaud (micn0001@unf.edu).

Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, questions such as…

Metaphysical Questions: Does the creation of life make us gods? Can dinosaurs have freewill?

Moral Questions: Should we play god? Should we recreate extinct species?

Linguistic Questions: Can dinosaurs in a part still be considered dinosaurs?

Social Questions: What are the implications of genetic engineering for humanities future?

Epistemic Questions: Can we know dinosaurs even existed?

Philosophy of Mind: Do dinosaurs have minds? Can minds be re-created?

Philosophy of Science: Is the recreation of life true science or metaphysics gone wrong?

Or any other though-provoking philosophical issue brought up by Jurassic Park! For Example,

  • Is an Animal in a Cage Still an Animal? Derrida’s Deconstruction of Dinosaurs.
  • Darwinian perspectives on Dinosaurs: Do the Raptors Deserve to Win?
  • The State of Hungry, Angry Nature: How Thomas Hobbes Would Survive in Jurassic Park
  • The Ethics of Genetic Engineering: Why We Shouldn’t Make Dinosaurs
  • Do We Have An Obligation to Recreate Extinct Species?
  • What it Means to be a Predator: The Ethics of Hunting Dinosaurs
  • How do We Know Dinosaurs Really Existed? Skepticism and the Dream of Jurassic Park
  • Experiments on Dinosaurs: The Ethics of Animal Testing
  • Exponential Growth: Have Humans Lost the Ability to Control Technology (and will it eat us?)
  • Is Dinosaur Creation Art? Aesthetics, Art World Theory and Jurassic Park
  • Is T.Rex Slave to his DNA? Dinosaurs, Freewill, and Harry Frankfurt
  • Can Velociraptors be Murderers? Problems of Moral Responsibility in Jurassic Park.
  • Raptors and Speech: Would Saussure Agree That They Have Language?
  • Creating Worlds: How Would Bishop Berkley Describe Jurassic Park?
  • Cloning and John Locke: The Problem of Identity in Jurassic Park
  • Should Intelligent Dinosaurs Count as Persons, and How Should We Treat Them?
  • Should Dinosaurs Have Rights? Nussbaum, Capability Theory and Jurassic Park
  • Do Clones Have Souls? Gilbert Ryle on Cloned Dinosaurs
  • Malcom’s Chaos Theory: Jurassic Park and the Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Jurassic Park Was a Bad Idea from the Start: How Bad Logic Moves Humanity
  • Dinosaurs and Teleology: Would St. Aquinas Argue that God Wanted the Dinosaurs Dead?
  • Ok, So Now That They are Here, How Do We Treat Them? Utilitarian, Kantian, and Virtue Ethical Perspectives on Dinosaurs

Thank you!

Nicolas Michaud



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