Saturday, February 5, 2011

Superman and Philosophy

Superman and Philosophy
Edited by Mark D. White
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:

Does Superman have to follow the same morals that we do?; Can Superman truly love Lois? Would Superman want to live forever?; Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes: Time travel and predestination ; Is Lex Luthor humanity’s true savior?; Is Superman too good?; Superman Red/Superman Blue: The implications of split personality; Does Superman deserve to have a “real” life?; Superman Walking: Can Superman ever truly connect with humanity?; Superman vs. Clark Kent: Questions of identity; Is Superman human? The nature of humanity and personhood; Is Superman still super without his powers: The nature of heroism; Is banishment to the Phantom Zone just punishment?; How does the guild system on Krypton reflect Kryptonian political philosophy?; Does Superman have the right to give up his powers for love?; Superman and the ┼░bermensch; Does the existence of a Superman make humanity obsolete?; What happens when a Superman dies?; What would Superman do? The temptation of ultimate power; Supermen of Infinite Worlds: Alternate realities and free will; Is Lex right—is Superman humanity’s curse?; Where Do Superman’s Loyalties Lie: Earth, Krypton, or elsewhere?; Truth, Justice, and the American Way: What set of values—if any—does Superman represent?; Making a Superman: Character and the Kents

Submission Guidelines:

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV’s: February 7, 2011

2. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: August 15, 2011

Kindly submit abstract (with or without Word attachment) and CV by email to: Mark D. White (

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