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Deadpool and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | January 27, 2016

Call for Abstracts: Deadpool and Philosophy

Edited by Nicolas Michaud and Jacob May for The Open Court Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

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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 Deadpool film, comics, and games. Each chapter accepted for publication must address the character from a philosophical perspective. The chapters must be pointed and direct, engaging philosophical tools and theories to highlight insights revealed by Deadpool. This text, in particular, is an opportunity to have fun with the reader through philosophy. Authors are encouraged to be snarky, funny, and perhaps occasionally rude. But as philosophers, the last one should be no problem.

***The 10 to 12-paged papers are written in a conversational style***

Submission Guidelines:

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV’s: March 1st

2. Notification of accepted abstracts: March 7th

3. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: May 1st

Kindly submit abstract (with or without Word attachment) and CV by email to: Nicolas Michaud (philosophylives@gmail.com).

Possible topics include…

• Can Deadpool be a virtuous hero and still commit murder?

• Deadpool gets paid for his good deeds. Can he truly be considered a hero?

• The 4th Wall, Existence, and Literature. What kind of existence do literary characters have if they “know” they are in a comic book?

• Deadpool seems to have a deeper awareness of self and the maya; how can that be coherent with his violence?

• Deadpool and Immortality—Is it so good to never die?

• The Virtue of Humor—Making fun of Wolverine.

• Deadpool and Camus. Our hero knows he is in a comic book but is powerless to escape, can he make meaning out of meaninglessness?

• How does Deadpool’s past reflect on the power of genetics and upbringing?

• Deadpool and the Problem of Identity. Is Deadpool really Wade Wilson?

• Which of his personalities are the “real” Deadpool?

• Why let the child die? (the Apocalypse conundrum).

• The Multiverse Paradox – Rounding up the Deadpool Corps together in one universe.

• Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe – what happens when Deadpool breaks into the “real-world” to kill  the writers?

• Deadpool and Destruction of the Self – Is hunting down all versions of himself a form of suicide?

• If one knows that one’s fate is “written” can one be said to be free?

Please visit http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm for more information on Open Court’s Pop Culture and Philosophy series. To propose ideas for future volumes in the Open Court series please contact the Series Editor, George A. Reisch, at: pcpideas@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Nicolas Michaud


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