Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Hunger Games and Philosophy

The Hunger Games and Philosophy
Edited by George A. Dunn and Nick Michaud
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:

“May the odds be ever in your favor!”: Hard Choices and “Moral Luck” In and Out of the Arena; “You love me. Real, or not real?”: Katniss and the Philosophy of Love and Friendship; Leviathan in the Arena: The Games and Hobbes’ War of All Against All; Panem et Circenses as Instruments of Domination; Machiavelli and the Capitol: Is It Better to be Feared than Loved?; Katniss and Nietzsche on Revenge and Resentment; “Rue, who when you ask her what she loves most in the world, replies, of all things, ‘Music.’”: Rue, Katniss, and the Power of Song; “That was the one thing I had going for me. Taking care of your family.”: Gale, Family, and Responsibility; Personal Identity: Is Hijacked Peeta Still Peeta?; Games, Deception, and the Problem of Other Minds; The Games and Game Theory; Schadenfreude: The Joy of Watching Others Suffer; René Girard and the Hunger Games as Sacrificial Rituals; A Hegelian Analysis of Panem: Katniss as World Historical Figure; Eating in the Districts and in the Capitol: The Many Meanings of Food; Katniss, Prim, and the Feminine Care Ethic; Authenticity: Why Does Katniss Fail at Everything She Fakes?; The Morality of Capital Punishment: Do Snow and Coin Deserve to Die?; Varieties of Hunger: The Need for Food, Self-Respect, and Love; Why Is Religion Absent from Panem?—Or Is It?; Caesar Flickerman and the Banality of Evil; Katniss and Theseus: What Is a Hero?; Freedom, “Hijacking,” and Personal Responsibility; President Snow and Plato’s Critique of the Life of the Tyrant; “I want to die as myself”: Peeta and the Virtue of Integrity; Just War Theory in the Arena and in the Rebellion; Punishment or Reconciliation: What Should Happen to Those Who Aided the Capitol?; The “Mockingjay” and Noble Lying; Critiquing the Culture of Voyeurism, Fame, and Celebrity; Foucaultian Power Relations: How the Capitol Controls the Districts; The Ethics of Literature: Should Collins Present Violence to Young Readers?; The Capitol and Capital: A Marxist Analysis of the Hunger Games Trilogy; Virtue Ethics and Moral Particularism: Do Ordinary Rules of Morality Apply In the Arena?; Katniss’s “Extended Mind” in the Woods; Mutts and the Morality of Bioengineering

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: June 20, 2011

Kindly submit abstract (with or without Word attachment) and CV by email to: George Dunn (

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