Popular Culture and Philosophy

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Community and Philosophy, CFA. Deadline 11.28.14

Posted on | July 23, 2014

Call for Abstracts:
Community and Philosophy

Edited by Courtland Lewis

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 Community and its Six Seasons and a Movie. The chapters must be clear and direct, engaging philosophical concepts and theories to highlight the merits and the flaws of Community. This collection will be published by Open Court Publishing as a volume in its successful Popular Culture and Philosophy Series.

Contributor Guidelines:

Abstracts should be 100-500 words, and contain a precise and clear thesis.

Abstracts are Due: Nov. 28, 2014

Submit abstract and CV by email to: Courtland Lewis at communityandphilosophy@gmail.com

Final Papers should be 10 to 12 pages, written in a conversational style.

Topics in area of Philosophy will be accepted, but possible topics include

• You Can’t Play! The dangers of exclusion and why Pierce and Chang are Evil.

• Is the Study Group a Community? The nature of community.

• Annie’s Boobs: Deception and using sexuality to get what you want.

• You Can’t Disappoint a Picture! Disappointment and disappointing others: Sartre’s Psychology of Being.

• Not Everything is Meta. What is Metaphysics, is it valuable, and why does Abed care so much about it?

• Is that a New Stereotype? The nature and logic behind stereotypes, and why they’re so funny (sometimes!)

• I’m Not Just a Fan, I’m an Academic. What’s the role of academia play in examining pop culture?

• Are “Blow Off” Courses Good? What’s the proper way to engage and educate?

• Do You Want that Toasted: If Subway Ran Education. Should schools be publically or privately funded? What’s the proper way to run a school?

• Don’t Roll that Dice! The Nature of Possible Worlds and Evil/Prime Timelines.

• The First to Untie Me Gets an ‘A’. Cornwallis and the Prisoner’s Dilemma.

• Can We Do Something About the Mold in the East Stairwell? Environmental Ethics through the eyes of Green-dale.

• If You Think That’s Insensitive, then Listen to This. The goods and evils of political correctness.

• “I’m a Human Being!” The nature of being human.

• E Pluribus Anus. What our community symbols say about us; or Pledging allegiance to the butt.

• Life Makes More Sense in Pop Culture.  Why Abed’s the most sane person at Greendale; or Living with reality through self-deception.

• The Meaning of Life. How pop culture brings meaning to life, and makes life more interesting.

• We Just Want to Belong. Why do so many want to be part of the study group?

• Excuse Me, I Have Changnesia. Personal identity and trying to change to become better

• Why Care About Friendship? Friendship is difficult, so why go to so much trouble?

• Religion, Acceptance, and Difference. When should Shirley stop trying to save her friends’ souls and just let them burn in hell

• Pierce, You’re Old. Growing old, fitting in, and remaining useful.

• Cool, Cool, Cool. The Philosophy of Abed.

• Abed, We’re Not in an Episode of Inspector Spacetime. The nature and role of Imagination.

• Who Garfunkled Whom? Can we learn anything from the communal fallout of Harmon and Chase.

• Dissecting a Debate. Which school should’ve of won the debate: Is Man Evil? And why is sex evil?

• The Ethics of Drunk-Calling. Friendship, sex, and repressed feelings.

• Whether You Leave the Jacket on, or Take it Off; You’ve Done if For Others. Do we ever do anything for ourselves, or is it always for others?

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