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Iron Man vs Captain America and Philosophy, CFA

Posted on | December 31, 2016

Call for Abstracts: Iron Man vs Captain America and Philosophy

Edited by Nicolas Michaud and Jessica Watkins

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 Iron Man and Captain America through film, comics, and games. Each chapter accepted for publication must address the superiority of one character over the other from a philosophical perspective. The chapters must be pointed and direct, engaging philosophical tools and theories to highlight the merits and the flaws of the characters—especially when in comparison to each other.

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

Submission Guidelines:

Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV’s: January 15th

Notification of accepted abstracts: January 22nd

Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: March 17th

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

Possible topics include but are not limited to…

• Business is Better

Captain America seems to be a “true” American, but Capitalism is what makes America great, and Tony Stark is a true capitalist.

Virtue is Blunt

Captain America seems nice, but a truly virtuous man doesn’t hide behind “politeness.”

• Earned Awesomeness

Iron man actually made himself awesome, Captain America just volunteered

• Altering Humanity

Tony Stark is on the frontier of human evolution, Cap’s biological approach is antiquated.

• Humans are the Future

Tony is bringing back the Humanism of the ancient Greeks

• Iron Man Shrugged

Rational Egoism finds credibility in the success of Tony Stark

• Knowledge Powers the Arc Reactor

Tony Stark is the best kind of Epistemologist… the curious kind

• Virtue Still Matters

In a world of thoughtless action and rude politics we have a lot to learn from Captain America

• The Value of Patriotism

Captain America is the epitome of thoughtful Patriotism

• A Man Fighting Amongst Gods

He might be one of the weakest members of the Avengers, but Cap doesn’t leave being a hero up to the Gods

• Bravery is Badass

Aristotle though Moderation was the key virtue, but, in fact, it is bravery that is most important

• There’s Only One God Ma’am

In a world of doubt, faith becomes increasingly important

• Technology is Dangerous

Captain America has seen technology go awry. Rousseau weighs in against Iron Man

• Consistency is Key

Iron Man is flexible, but Kant knows that Cap’s consistency is what leads to right action


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