Just Published: Avatar: The Last Airbender and Philosophy

Would our world be a better place if some of us were benders?Can Katara repair the world through care?Is Toph a disability pride icon?What does it mean for Zuko to be bad at being good?Can we tell whether uncle Iroh is a fool or a sage? The world is out of sorts. The four nations,…

Just Published: Dune and Philosophy

Explore the universe of Frank Herbert’s Dune in all its philosophical richness “He who controls the spice controls the universe.” Frank Herbert’s Dune saga is the epic story of Paul, son of Duke Leto Atreides, and heir to the massive fortune promised by the desert planet Arrakis and its vast reservoirs of a drug called “spice.” To…

The Witcher and Philosophy: Call for Abstracts   

The Witcher and Philosophy  Call for Abstracts  Edited by Matthew Brake and Kevin S. Decker  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 williamirwin@kings.edu  The Witcher series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski…

Doctor Strange and Professor Hegel in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange and Professor Hegel in the Multiverse of Madness By Elliot Dolan-Evans SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains plot spoilers for the blockbuster superhero production, The Science of Logic by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, so you’ve been duly warned… Cinemagoers have welcomed the long-awaited release of the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom The Story of (Fossil) Dinosaurs Who Walked into an Auction Room By Victor Monnin At the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), genetically-engineered dinosaurs are being sold to an evil consortium of arms dealers and military leaders during a secret auction. In their attempt to stop the sale, the three…

Metallica and the Freedom to Roam

Metallica and the Freedom to Roam William Irwin *This essay is excerpted and adapted from The Meaning of Metallica: Ride the Lyrics. Metallica means freedom, and “Wherever I May Roam” is a declaration of individual independence, a freedom manifesto. The song starts with sitar, evoking visions of the far East, but this is an American…

Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture: From Socrates to Star Wars and Beyond

Check out the 2nd edition of Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture: From Socrates to Star Wars and Beyond. Can Wonder Woman help us understand feminist philosophy? How Does Wakandan technology transcend anti-Blackness? What can Star Trek teach us about the true nature of reality?  Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture makes important philosophical concepts and the work of major philosophers relevant, fun, and…