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David Bowie and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | September 23, 2015

Call for Abstracts

David Bowie and Philosophy

Ted Ammon, editor

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to the work of David Bowie.  This volume will be published by Open Court Publishing (the publisher of The Simpsons and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, Dexter and Philosophy, The Walking Dead and Philosophy, Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy, and The Princess Bride and Philosophy, etc.) as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series. I am seeking abstracts, but complete unpublished papers will be considered. Potential contributors may want to examine other volumes in the Open Court series.

Any topic of Philosophical interest pertaining to the voluminous work of David Bowie will be considered, provided that it is written for an intelligent lay audience.  Minimize footnotes, nix obscure references, take nothing for granted regarding the philosophical background of your audience. Papers should nevertheless have serious philosophical content.

Possible areas of interest include:

  • Change
  • Religion
  • Apocalyptic and Dystopian Visions
  • Aesthetics of mixing musical genre
  • Sexuality
  • Theatrical Rock Performances
  • Musical Roots and Influences
  • The Berlin Years
  • Bowie vs. Warhol
  • Concern for Social and Political Issues
  • Bowie’s Influence on Pop Culture
  • Bowie’s famous reading list

Contributor Guidelines:

1. Abstract of paper (500-750 words).  Full-length papers should be about 3000 words.
2. Please email abstract/paper as a WORD attachment to ammontg@millsaps.edu.
4. Submission deadline: December 1, 2015.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone writing within a philosophic discipline who might be interested in contributing.

PS:  Shortly I will announce a forthcoming volume on Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy.  Contributions to both editions are acceptable


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