Cfp: Iron Man and philosophy

This one is for me 🙂

Call for Abstracts

Iron Man and Philosophy

Edited by Robert Arp and Mark D. White
The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

Please circulate and post widely.

To propose ideas for future volumes in the Blackwell series please contact the Series Editor,

William Irwin, at wtirwin@kings.edu.

Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium.

Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

Virtue ethics, Iron Man, and the superhero as moral inspiration; Communism vs. capitalism in Iron Man stories; S.H.I.E.L.D. and the justification of counter-terrorist rights infringement; Iron Man’s revelation of his identities, contractual agreements, and contractual loopholes; The Illuminati, paternalism, and liberalism; The Superhuman Registration Act and the limits of privacy; Iron Man, Plato’s Philosopher King, and the Noble Lie; Genius, invention, and creativity; Role/responsibility of a futurist; If science can do it, should science do it? Weapons of mass destruction and the ethics of technology; Vengeance on my kidnappers: Is revenge ever justified?; Time travel in Iron Man stories, the Butterfly Effect, and determinism; God is dead: Iron Man as the replacement god; Human suffering, the Problem of Evil, and Iron Man as savior; Merging the two Starks (Pocket and Marvel universes) and the question of what counts as personal identity; Iron Man’s “living armor” and the possibility of artificial intelligence; Depictions of Masculinity: Iron Man and Iron John; Robotics, Heidegger, and technology;  Capturing consciousness in computer: Mind as computer (Hypervelocity); Iron Man and Captain America: The pragmatist and the idealist; Stark’s alcoholism and the possibility of freedom for the addict; Social pressure and self-deception in Iron Man stories; Civil War: Are (bad) decisions judged by their intentions or consequences?

Submission Guidelines:

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV(s): August 15, 2008.

2. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: February 1, 2009.

Kindly submit by e-mail (with or without Word attachment) to:

Robert Arp: rarp@buffalo.edu

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4 kommentarer til Cfp: Iron Man and philosophy

  1. Zenia skriver:

    Det ser godt nok sjovt ud! 🙂 Man kunne jo næsten fristes til at påstå, at du kun har valgt dit emne for egen morskabs skyld. (Har du læst de tekster, der problematiserer forskernes valg af forskningsemner i forhold til deres private liv?) Min vejleder siger næsten hver gang, vi mødes, at han ikke ved noget, hverken teoretisk eller praktisk, om prostitution – hvorfor er det lige så vigtigt? Jeg kan da godt snakke om hans overvågningsprojekt uden at sige noget om, hvilke private erfaringer jeg har med overvågning…

    Nå, ville egentlig bare sige: “Det ser sjovt ud!” 🙂

  2. filoffen skriver:

    Det er næsten udelukkende valgt ud af interesse og morskab 🙂

    Men der er et godt monetært argument for at beskæftige sig med underholdning, nemlig at underholdnings- og mediebranchens omsætning på verdensplan i 2007 blev anslået til at likke på omkring 1.4 billioner dollars (1.400.000.000.000 dollars). Og på trods af det er der endnu ikke nogen, der har givet en overbevisende definition af, eller forklaring på, hvad underholdning egentlig er.

  3. Zenia skriver:

    Måske er de bange for at finde ud af, at det slet ikke er så meget værd? 😉

  4. filoffen skriver:

    Jøsses milde: Det havde jeg slet ikke overvejet! Måske der er en international sammensværgelse på spil, der søger at forhindre forskning i underholdning, ligesom der i 70’erne og start 80’erne var rygter om, at olieindustrien saboterede forskning i alternative energikilder. Og nu er de ude efter MIG! Aaaaaaarrrgghhhh!!!!!!

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