The Blackwell Philosophy and Popular Culture Series
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To propose ideas for future volumes in the Blackwell series please contact the Series Editor, William Irwin firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Cullen family values and Bella’s family obligations; chastity and intimacy for Bella and Edward; Aristotle and the nature of Friendship for humans and vampires; Is Bella a feminist?; “mind over matter”: free will and impulse control; vampire ontology; the use literary allusion in Twilight; the nature of immortality; the nature of addiction and free will; prejudice against vampires, werewolves, and humans; Mormon ideals and values in Twilight; vegetarian vampires and vegetarian humans; native American spirituality and stereotypes; Bella and abortion; The nature of good and evil in Twilight; Why would God make a world with vampires?: the problem of evil and the hidden God; Victoria’s villainous vigilantism; Evolution and the Vampire; fate and Alice’s ability to see the future; beauty and vampire aesthetics; Personal Identity in Vampires and Werewolves: Is Jacob the same after the change?; the ethics of keeping secrets; the ethics of mind-reading: Edward’s ability to know your thoughts; philosophy and love: the Bella thesis—is love inherently illogical?; the philosophical significance of stories and myth; controlling emotions: Werewolves, Vampires, and Humans: should reason always control passion and desire?; The Ethics of Keeping Promises (Jacob to Bella, Bella to Edward, Edward to Bella, etc.)
1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and cvs: December 8, 2008.
2. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: June 9, 2009.
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Dr. Rebecca Housel
Rochester Institute of Technology
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
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