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Downton Abbey and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | June 5, 2014

Call for Abstracts: Downton Abbey and Philosophy

Edited by Adam Barkman and Robert Arp

– Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to: adam_barkman@hotmail.com
– Abstracts due: August 1, 2014
– Notification of accepted abstracts: August 15, 2014
– First drafts of papers due: December 1, 2014
– 3,000 to 3,500-word philosophy papers are written in a conversational style for a lay audience
– Papers must frequently and substantively refer to characters, events, and stories in Downton Abbey

Any relevant topic considered, but here are some possibilities:

– Is There One Carson or Two? Identity Dilemmas and the Ideal Servant
– What Is Downton Abbey? Reflections on the Ontology of Place
– Is God the Missing Character in Downton Abbey?
– “The Business of Life Is the Acquisition of Memories”: Memory and Personal Identity
– “The Person I Was With Him”: Mary Crawley and the Failure of Solipsism
– “The Price of Great Love Is Great Misery”: Lord Grantham and the Buddha on Attachment
– “When One Losses a Child, Is it Ever Really Over?” Personal Identity and the Overlapping of Egos
– Matthew Is Still Matthew: The Soul, Physical Disability and Identity
– “The Estate Must Be a Major Employer”: Is There Such Thing as a Social Entity?
– “Don’t You Believe in Spirits Then?” Daisy and the New Spiritualist Movement
– Knowledge Is Power: Bacon, Barrow and Knowledge as Means to an End
– Justified True Bates: Does Bates Know Who Raped Anna?
– “You Should Take Everything as a Compliment”: Violet Crawley’s Willful Ignorance or Virtue Epistemology?
– Who Should Punish Mr. Green? Hobbes, Bates and Social Contract
– “What Is a ‘Weekend’?” Violet Crawley, Aristotle and Leisure
– “Damaged Goods”? Lady Mary, Women and the Problem of Sex before Marriage
– “We Never Seem to Talk About Her”: Children and the Ethics of Favoritism
– “I Don’t Mind Lying”: Mary Crawley, Kant and the Possibility of Just Deception
– “Down with Prohibition”: Lord Grantham’s Love-Hate Relationship with America
– “I Am Killing the Wanted Child of the Man I Am in Love With”: Edith, Abortion and Murder
– “I Wish You Well”: Can Alfred and Daisy Really Still Be Friends?
– “There Is No Getting Out of It”: Violet Crawley and Marriage as a Life-Long Commitment
– Should We Be Happy That Bates’s First Wife Died? Reflections on Justice and Compassion
– The New and the Beautiful? Age and the Assessment of Beauty
– Uniforms, Dinner Jackets and the Aesthetics of Representation
– Should the Prince of Wales Be a Moral Exemplar? Confucius, Leadership and Moral Exemplification
– Chauffeur-Lords and Philosopher-Kings? Social Mobility, Luck and Merit
– “Things Can Happen That Nobody Could Imagine Only a Few Years Ago”: Progress, Tradition and Hegel
– Things Were Black and White? The Reason for Jack Ross
– Gender Apparent: Why Masculine Relatives Should Be First in Line to Inherit
– Gender Unapparent: The Sexism of Denying Women the Vote
– “Are We Heck As Like!” Doctors, Lawyers and Other Plebeians
– Manner Absolutes: Violet Crawley and the Supremacy of the Civilities
– Of Morals and Manners: The Encounters of Isobel Crawley and Violet Crawley
– “Her Husband Will Tell Her What Her Opinions Are”? Feminism and the Crawley Sisters
– Married But Not Married? The Unstated Romance of Carson and Mrs. Hughes
– “Every Time Someone Tried to Kiss Me at Heaton”: Varieties of British Homosexual Experiences
– Robert Owen, Tom Branson and British Socialism

Downton Abbey 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@caruspub.com.

Thanks for your consideration



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