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Avengers: Endgame and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | June 5, 2019

Avengers: Endgame and Philosophy
Edited by Heather Rivera and Robert Arp

– Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to: munkzilla1@gmail.com
– Abstracts due: July 8, 2019 (a little over one month), but you can send them in sooner
– Notification of accepted abstracts: July 15, 2019
– First drafts of papers due: October 14, 2019
– 3,000 to 3,500-word philosophy papers are written in a conversational style for a lay audience

Any relevant topic considered, but here are some possibilities to prompt your thinking:

– The Thanos snap: Is this an answer to over population and famine? Or is this simply murder on a huge scale?
– Thanos and living by an absolute moral compass, which allows one to only see “right” with no variations
– Paradoxically not self-serving: Thanos’ pursuit of his vision at any cost, all for the survival of the universe
– Is Thanos merely masking his own egotism with the lie that his mission to balance the universe was altruistic?
– The many fallacious logical moves in Thanos’ utilitarian calculus
– Are the Avengers who try to stop Thanos dishing out justice or merely stopping a man who himself is just?
– Captain America vs Tony Stark, which leader holds the key to a civilized society?
– With great power comes great responsibility. How do the Avengers fight for humanity, while remaining noncorrupt?
– The time travel paradox: Does a past Nebula shooting the future Nebula cause her to cease to exist in the future?
– Does talking to yourself or family in the past, alter future events?
– Self-sacrifice as a moral virtue
– Inevitability and when your best is just not enough.
– Father-daughter relationship, virtue ethics
– Father-daughter relationship and the philosophy of love
– The Soul Stone and the Binding of Isaac by Abraham in the Bible
– Personal identity and memory
– What constitutes personal Identity over time?
– Creating new futures in the past: can nothing really be done to undo what’s already been done?
– Killing our past selves: Are they really us, or not?
– Changing the past doesn’t change the future, or does it?
– Strange’s 14,000,605 possible futures and the ontological status of things
– Creative problem solving: inference to the unexpected

Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to: munkzilla1@gmail.com

Avengers: Endgame 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@gmail.com.

Thanks for your consideration.

Robert Arp, PhD(703) 946-4669


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