Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Big Lebowski and Philosophy

The Big Lebowski and Philosophy
Edited by Peter S. Fosl
The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

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

If you have comments or criticisms for the series, please read “Fancy Taking a Pop?” at and join the discussion in the comments section.

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 Dude Abides”: The Good Life and The Big Lebowski; “Man Down!”: Aristotle, Epicurus, and The Dude on Friendship and Solidarity; “What Day Is This?” Absurdity and Irony in TBL; "We Believe in Nothing”: Skepticism and Nihilism as Creeds; “Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer”: The Dude as a Stoic Sage; "Is This Your Homework, Larry?” Walter Sobchak's Ethics of Enhanced Interrogation; To Be is to Bowl: The Dude, Walter, and Donny as Existential Heroes; “This is What You Get, Larry”: Violence and Pacifism in TBL; The Tao of the Dude; Lebowski, Epicurus, and the Life of Pleasure; Deconstructing the Dude: TBL as Postmodern Text; “New Sh*t Has Come to Light”: Warrant and Knowing in TBL; “Achievers” vs. “The Laziest Man Worldwide”: Virtue and Vice in TBL; “Her Life Was in Your Hands!”: TBL and Obligations to Others; “I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski”: TBL and Personal Identity; “At Least It’s an Ethos”: Nazis and Nihilism and TBL; “The Word Itself Makes Some Men Uncomfortable”: TBL and Feminist Philosophy; “A World of Pain”: Suffering and Being-towards-Death in TBL; “The Bums Will Always Lose”: TBL and Philosophical Critiques of Power; “What Makes a Man? Mr. Lebowski”: TBL and Humanness/Masculinity; What’s So Bad about the Eagles, Anyway? TBL and Aesthetics; “Am I the Only One Who Gives a Sh*t about the Rules?!”: Walter, Rule Utilitarianism, and Deontic Morality; “You’re G*dd*m Right I’m Livin’ in the Past”: Hippies, Jews, and the Philosophy of History; “I Can Get You a Toe”: Authenticity and Amateurs in TBL; “Cut Off Your Johnson!”: Castration Anxiety, Dreams, and Freudian Theory in TBL; “This Aggression Will Not Stand”: Mimesis, Simulacra, and the Semiotics of TBL; “I Like Your Style, Dude”: Paintings, Oriental Rugs, Dance Cycles and Art in TBL; "It Really Tied the Room Together”: Aesthetic Unity and Postmodern Nostalgia; “The Chinaman Is Not the Issue.” Whiteness and TBL; TBL and Aristotle’s Theories of Comedy and Tragedy; Dudeism and Buddhism; "Sometimes there's a Man": Why We Need Heroes; “I am the Walrus”: Wittgenstein, Donny, and Ordinary Language in TBL

Submission Guidelines:

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV’s: January 18, 2011

2. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: April 18, 2011

Kindly submit abstract (with or without Word attachment) and CV by email to: Peter S. Fosl (

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