Popular Culture and Philosophy

A blog for contributors and editors by Series Editor, George A. Reisch

Propose a volume

If you have a proposal for a volume in the series, please contact me. But keep in mind that most PCP volumes are not about entire genres in popular culture. Most focus on specific television programs, hit movies, books, video games or trends. Proposals for titles such as “Video Games and Philosophy” or “Action Movies and Philosophy,” are much less appealing than (for example) “Grand Theft Auto . . .” or “Kill Bill and Philosophy.”

Second, keep in mind that the series aims to sell books to dedicated fans of pop culture icons, and not only the relatively small audience of college students or professional philosophers.  Therefore, while many icons of popular culture have identifiable philosophical content, that does not guarantee that “X and philosophy” will appeal to fans outside of academia. (By X, I mean the icon in question, and not the greatest American punk band of the 1980s!) In many cases, fans would probably rather re-watch the movie or re-read the book than read scholarly essays about it. But when these fans think the movie or rock band in question is misunderstood or underappreciated, PCP volumes are just the thing—especially when the philosophers writing about the concepts and arguments in question are themselves ardent fans, and when their philosophical passions go to the heart of pop culture icons.

And finally, if you have an idea for a volume, please make it clear whether you’d also like to edit the volume.  If Open Court and I decide to pursue your idea, I will get back to you in a few weeks to discuss it and perhaps ask for a formal proposal.

George Reisch
Series Editor, Popular Culture and Philosophy

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Since its inception in 2000, Open Court's Popular Culture and Philosophy® series has brought high-quality philosophy to general readers by critically exploring the meanings, concepts, and puzzles within television shows, movies, music and other icons of popular culture.

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