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The Gang Gets Existential (CFA)

Posted on | September 4, 2013

Call for Abstracts:

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Philosophy
Edited by Roger Hunt and Robert Arp
Email: regorhunt02052@gmail.com

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a series on FX that has been likened to “Seinfeld on crack.” So, given that Seinfeld and Philosophy was the very first book in Open Court’s Popular Culture and Philosophy series, It’s Always Sunny is a natural fit. More importantly, the totality of episodes thus far exhibit many of the basic issues found in Western philosophy (and some Eastern philosophy), to include logic, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and political philosophy. It’s Always Sunny is one of FX’s most popular series ever, and on March 28, 2013 FX renewed the show for a tenth season.

(1)    Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to: regorhunt02052@gmail.com (yes, it’s spelled correctly with “regorhunt…” instead of “rogerhunt…”)

(2)    Abstracts due: October 10, 2013

(3)    Notification of accepted abstracts: January 1, 2013

(4)    First drafts of papers due: April 30, 2013

(5)    Proposed Release to coincide with the beginning of season 10

(6)    3,000 to 3,500-word philosophy papers are written in a conversational style for a lay audience
(7)    Papers must frequently refer to characters, stories, situations, and/or events in It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaAny relevant topic considered, but here are some possibilities:
–          Is the Gang selfish, sociopathic, or solipsistic?
–          The Gang solves the identity crisis: What constitutes a self?
–          The many identities of Frank Reynolds
–          The limits of space: What is a bar?
–          Charlie’s Literacy: What does that even mean?
–          Chardee Macdennis: Rules, cheating, and games
–          Is the Gang more or less rational than its members?
–          Investigations: Breaking down the Cereal Defense
–          From Matthew to Cricket: Does God exist in Philly?
–          What is Love? Charlie and the Waitress; Frank and…
–          Consciousness and attention: Buying a boat, finding a pool, going to the Jersey Shore
–          The dark side of empathy: Dennis Reynolds on knowing the other
–          Time and memory: Who pooped the bed, or impregnated Dee?
–          The Gang gets analyzed: What is wrong with everyone!?
–          Getting racist: What are we allowed to assume or infer about others?
–          Abortion: Mac vs. Dee
–          The Nightman cometh: Childhood trauma and virtue ethics in It’s Always Sunny
–          Reverse virtue ethics: Can we know the good by exploring evil?
–          Does the Gang have a moral code?
–          Stuck in the woods: Arguing vegetarian ethics
–          Feminist critiques of Dee, the Waitress, Carmen, and Artemis
–          Dee, the Waitress, Carmen, Artemis, and the role of women
–          Campaign ethics: The Gang runs for office
–          Hands, birds, or Harvard: What is a lawyer and what are the ethical duties of a lawyer?
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 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@caruspub.com. Thanks for your consideration.



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