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Red Rising and Philosophy

Posted on | August 13, 2015

Call for Abstracts

Red Rising and Philosophy

Submission Deadline, March 1, 2016

Edited by Courtland Lewis and Kevin McCain

Abstracts are sought for potential contributions to a collection of philosophical essays examining the Red Rising trilogy. This collection will be published by Open Court Publishing as a volume in its successful Popular Culture and Philosophy Series (http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm). Potential contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of broad philosophical interest that pertains to the Red Rising Trilogy. Possible topics/titles include:

• Personal identity and the transformation from red to gold

• Does Darrow face an epistemically transformative experience when he decides to become gold?

• The morality of destroying the Society

• The ethics of the Institute

• The morality of casting down the proctors

• Can red and gold really be friends?

• Mustang and the duty to one’s family

• Should you prostitute yourself to feed your family?

• Is the Society a realization of Plato’s Republic?

• Lifeboat ethics and the “quality control” before entering the Institute Do cognitive enhancement drugs that we currently have represent the first step toward a Society-like culture?

• Is Darrow the same person as the Reaper?

• Is living for more the only way to have a meaningful life?

• Why Lambda never gets the Laurel: Is life fair? Why do we expect it to be fair?

• Starring at the stars: The aesthetics of what we don’t have

• Sing the Song: When should you sacrifice yourself for the greater good

• The revolutionary nature of music and dance

Potential contributors are encouraged to write creative, fun, philosophical essays inspired by or about the Red Rising series. 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, Futurama and Philosophy, SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy, and among others, Doctor Who and Philosophy).

Contributor Guidelines: Submission deadline: October 15, 2015

• Send (1) A brief abstract (200-500 words) and (2) Author’s/Co-authors’ CV(s)/resume(s)

• Abstracts and CVs/resumes must be submitted via e-mail to: redrisingandphilosophy@gmail.com

• Decisions about accepted papers will be announced by March 15, 2016

• Drafts of accepted essays will be due April 15, 2016

• Final drafts of essays will be due by May 20, 2016

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


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