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Batman and Philosophy
The Blackwell Philosophy and PopCulture Series
William Irwin, Series Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To propose ideas for future volumes in the Blackwell series please contact William Irwin (email@example.com).
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:
- The dynamic duo and dualism
- The aesthetics of the Batman universe
- The flip of a coin: Two-Face and determinism
- Batman and the ethics of collateral damage
- Batman and the ethics of vigilantism
- Batman or Bruce Wayne: which is his 'true' identity?
- “What’s it like to be a Batman?”: subjectivity and the mind/body problem
- Appearance, reality, and the importance of masquerade
- Gotham City, political corruption, and the need for heroes
- Bruce Wayne and Batman, the morning star and the evening star: sense, reference, and the problem of naming
- Batman and the ethics of child care
- Batman and the recurring Messiah complex
- Knowing Bruce Wayne and knowing Batman: propositional attitudes and substance dualism
- Batman and the use/abuse of technology
- Bats, confronting fears, and moral courage as a motivator for action
- Heroes and obligatory vs. supererogatory acts
- Batman’s deontological respect for Robin vs. a villain’s objectification of his/her henchmen
- The death of god and the birth of god-like heroes in Western societies
- Batman and paranoia: what kind of hero builds a satellite to spy on his friends?
- Batman and Superman: Different means to the same end, or different ends altogether?
- Batman and identification: can there truly be another Batman
- Batman and dealing with the recurrence of death (parents, Jason Todd, Stephanie Brown)
- Playing well with others: Batman and other heroes/teams
1. Abstract of paper (100-500 words).
2. CV or resume for each author and co-author.
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: April 27, 2007
4. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers (tentative): August 31, 2007
5. Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail, with or without Word attachment.
Send by e-mail to: Mark D. White (firstname.lastname@example.org)