Popular Culture and Philosophy

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

Perry Mason and the Case of the Updated Deadline

Posted on | June 11, 2014

Call for Abstracts: Perry Mason and Philosophy, Edited by Heather Rivera and Robert Arp
Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to: munkzilla1@gmail.com
– Abstracts due: August 1, 2015
– Notification of accepted abstracts: August 20, 2015
– First drafts of papers due: Nov. 14, 2015
– 3,000 to 3,500-word philosophy papers are written in a conversational style for a lay audience
– Papers must frequently refer to characters, events, and stories in the Perry Mason books, TV episodes, and movies
– A new movie starring Robert Downey Jr. is due . Any relevant topic considered, but here are some possibilities:
– The ethical ramifications of the PM’s legal practices
– Is manipulating evidence ever acceptable?
– The good and just society: the effects of PM on society’s behavior.
– PM’s deductive/reductive abilities, do they make for a modern day philosopher?
– A virtue ethics view of PM: can he look himself in the mirror after every trial?
– PM the internal justifier: intuition carries over the court room.
– The proof of guilt: how logic plays a role in PM stories.
– Causation and PM: do the lawyer’s tactics cause his clients to be innocent?
– The predetermined path of PM: will he ever lose a case?
– Does PM truly “know” his client’s innocence? What is the nature of this knowledge?
– PM’s legal counsel: do all general truths supervene on particular facts?
– A theological view of PM’s investigation tactics.
Perry Mason 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 at  gmail.com


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