The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy:
Comedy, not Cosmology
Edited by Dean A. Kowalski
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 email@example.com.
If you have comments or criticisms for the series, please read “Fancy Taking a Pop?” at http://www.philosophypress.co.uk/?p=1131 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 One Paradigm to Rule Them All: Scientism and The Big Bang; Immanuel Kant and Sheldon Cooper on Truth-Telling; “Need I Remind You of the Roommate Agreement?”: The Ethics of Contractual Obligations between Roommates; “It All Started with the Big Bang!”: Probability in the Big Bang Universe; Could Leonard and Sheldon Really Travel Back in Time?; Sheldon Cooper and Ludwig Wittgenstein Walk into a Departmental Mixer: Philosophical Implications of Autism; Howard, Leonard, and Sheldon: Three Visions of the Good Life in The Big Bang Theory; Beverly Hofstadter, Leslie Winkle, and Penny: The Big Bang Theory’s Three Waves of Feminism; “You’re a Sucky, Sucky Friend”: Seeking Aristotelian Friendship in the Big Bang; “Tasks Me, He Tasks Me”: What Makes Will Wheaton Evil?; “And That Is Your Opinion!”: A Scientist and His Mother Debate Evolution and Intelligent Design; Do Scientists Get the “Eye of the Tiger?”: Big Bang and The Nature of Science; “…And You’re Wrong about Hinduism and Cows”: Religious Diversity and Inter-Cultural Dialogue; “Leonard, It’s Weird—Totally”: The Ethics of Friends and Lovers and Friends Becoming Lovers; “I Prefer to Let George Lucas Disappoint Me in the Order He Intended”: Ontological Musings on Incorporating Pop Culture within Pop Culture; “It All Started with the Big Bang!”: Bare Naked Ladies (and Aesthetics) in the Big Bang Universe; What’s the Deal with the Lorre’s Vanity Cards?: The Aesthetics of Authorial Intent; “Smart Is the New Sexy”: Nerd Culture in the Twenty-First Century; Bromance, Homosocial Bonding, and The Big Bang; Real Science and Pop Science Meet Real Philosophy and Pop Philosophy; Cooper, Hofstadter, Kootthrappali, and Wolowitz: Alpha Males in the Information Age?; “I’m not Crazy—My Mother Had Me Tested!”: Sheldon Cooper and the Curse of Genius; “Ba-zinga!”: Are Physics Jokes Funny?; Scientists Speak of Social Conventions: Beverly Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper on Meta-Ethics
1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV’s: February 14, 2011
2. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: June 6, 2011
Kindly submit abstract (with or without Word attachment) and CV by email to: Dean A. Kowalski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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