Call for Abstracts: Veronica Mars and Philosophy

Posted: 26 de March de 2013 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event, News


Call for Abstracts

Veronica Mars and Philosophy

Edited by George A. Dunn and James B. South

The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

Please circulate and post widely. Apologies for Cross-posting.

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 contact the series editor after reading “Fancy Taking a Pop?” at

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“Have You Ever Heard of Occam’s Razor?”: Veronica’s Use of Inductive Reasoning; Rape: What It Is and How It Harms; “A Town Without a Middle Class”: A Marxist Analysis of Neptune; Intrepid, Resourceful, but Kind of a Marshmallow: The Virtues of Veronica Mars; “We Used to Be Friends”: An Aristotelian Analysis of Veronica’s Friendships; Is Veronica Mars a Feminist Icon?; Purity-Tests, Sexual Ethics, and Slut Shaming; “Got Any Enemies You Know About? Well, There’s the Klan”: Race and Ethnicity in Neptune; What Veronica Can Teach Us About the Importance of Trust; Does Veronica Wrongly Violate Other People’s Right to Privacy?; “Some Things are Better Left Buried”: Is Knowing the Truth Always Good?; 09-ers and the Banality of Evil; “Getting My Revenge On”: The Morality of Vigilante Justice; “I’m Old School: An Eye for an Eye”: Veronica and Retributive Justice; “Show Me the Monkey”: Veronica and Animal Rights; Existentialism and the Noir World of Neptune; The Tools of the Detective’s Trade: Veronica and Extended Mind Theory; “Life’s a Bitch Until You Die”: Veronica and Pope’s Essay on Man; “That’s Really Criminal of You”: Is Law-breaking Okay If It’s For a Good Cause?; “Tragedy Blows Through Your Life Like a Tornado”: Veronica and the Tragic Vision; Deceit as a Tool of the Detective: Is Lying Ever Morally Permissible?; “She Gets Everything I Want”: Mimetic Rivalry at Neptune High; “My Big Fat Greek Rush Week” and The Stanford Prison Experiment; The Fall of Keith Mars: Should Family Loyalty Trump Justice?; Veronica’s Schadenfreude; Consequences, Intentions, and Culpability: Who is Responsible for Veronica’s Rape?; Can Cynicism Be a Virtue?

Submission Guidelines:

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV(s): May 13, 2013.

2. Submission deadline for drafts of accepted papers:  July 15, 2013.

Kindly submit by e-mail (with or without Word attachment) to: George A. Dunn at


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