Abstracts are sought for potential contributions to a collection of philosophical essays examining the popular television series Jeopardy! This collection will be published by Open Court Publishing as a volume in its successful Popular Culture and Philosophy Series (http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm)
Potential contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of broad philosophical interest that pertains to Jeopardy! Possible topics/titles include:
• "America’s Favorite Quiz Show"®: Explaining the Attraction of Jeopardy!
• Elementary, My Dear “Watson”: The Superiority (or not) of Artificial Intelligence
• Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and the probability of continued success
• Tournament of Champions: The Ethics and Epistemology of Elimination
• “Remember to phrase your answer in the form of a question”: Turning Socrates on His Head
• “Let’s meet today’s contestants”: Knowledge in a Popular Democracy
• “You weren’t quite quick enough with your buzzer”: The Mind/Body Factor
• “Here are the categories”: The Function of Luck in Knowledge
• The Daily Double: Gambling, Knowledge, and Virtue
• Celebrity Jeopardy! – Knowledge as Altruism
• Jennings, Rutter, Madden, and Nissley: Does Jeopardy! have a Glass Ceiling?
• Can Popular Culture Educate, or Just Entertain?
• “I’ll take ‘Interpretations’ for $800”: The (Un)Importance of Description Theory.
• “You have control of the board”: Power/Knowledge on Daytime TV
Potential contributors are encouraged to write creative, fun, philosophical essays inspired by or about all things Jeopardy! and must be able to write in an accessible, jargon-free style for general, non-academic readers. Potential contributors are also encouraged to examine other books in the Popular Culture and Philosophy Series while developing their ideas (for example, Seinfeld and Philosophy, The Sopranos and Philosophy, Monty Python and Philosophy, Doctor Who and Philosophy, Dexter and Philosophy). Selected contributors will receive 10 copies of the book in compensation.
• A brief abstract (100-500 words)
• Author’s/Co-authors’ CV(s)/resume(s)
• Submission deadline: October 3, 2011 (Selections made by November 4, 2011)
• Abstracts and CVs/resumes must be submitted via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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