Dolly Parton’s Philosophy of Social Cooperation

Dolly Parton’s Philosophy of Social Cooperation “I’m Not the Dalai Lama, But I’ll Try” By Darin DeWitt Dolly Parton’s exceptionally diverse audience has long been a source of wonder. As Fran Lebowitz often quips, “people who hate each other love Dolly Parton.” When performing in London in 1983, Parton expressed surprise “at the wide diversity…

Musical Journeys with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett

Musical Journeys with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett William Irwin I’ve appreciated Metallica’s instrumental compositions, particularly “Orion,” but I prefer music with lyrics. Really, I’m obsessed with song lyrics. My book The Meaning of Metallica: Ride the Lyrics explores lyrical themes in Metallica’s songs, including freedom, religion, insanity, death, war, and addiction. I like a song to…

Divine kings or postmodern puppets?

Divine kings or postmodern puppets? Reading Nirvana and NFTs with Jean Baudrillard and Mark Fisher   By Nick Hagan It’s October 1991. A photographer goes to see an up-and-coming band called Nirvana play in Philadelphia, just days after the release of their new record, Nevermind. You know — the one with this image on the cover: The…

“What If?” and the Multiverse

“What If?” and the Multiverse Comic Lore as Introductory Primer on Modal Logics By Jeremy E. Scarbrough It might be said that all the arts are thought experiments, exercises in pondering possible worlds or possible states in the actual world. It just so happens that some aspects of art and storytelling in contemporary pop-culture have…

Submit by April 4 for Wheel of Time and Philosophy: Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts Wheel of Time and Philosophy Edited by Jacob M. Held Essays may focus on the books or the newly developed Amazon Prime series.   To propose ideas for future volumes in the Blackwell series please contact the Series Editor, William Irwin, at williamirwin@kings.edu Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible,…

Metal Gear Solid and the Flow of Malinformation

“Not to control content, but to create context” Metal Gear Solid and the Flow of Malinformation By Sebastián Sanhueza Rodríguez The relevance of a great dystopia is not measured by how far-fetched—how far from the real world, as it were—it is, but how close to home it hits. Like great science fiction, dystopia comprises graphic…

Just Published: Black Panther and Philosophy

Explore the fascinating historical and contemporary philosophical issues that arise in Black Panther In Black Panther and Philosophy: What Can Wakanda Offer The World, a diverse panel of experts delivers incisive critical reflections on the Oscar-winning 2018 film, Black Panther, and the comic book mythology that preceded it. The collection explores historical and contemporary issues—including colonialism, slavery,…

When Tech Meets Tradition: How Wakandan Technology Transcends Anti-Blackness

When Tech Meets Tradition How Wakandan Technology Transcends Anti-Blackness Timothy E. Brown *This essay appears as Chapter 16 in Black Panther and Philosophy. Black Panther was more empowering for me than I thought it would be. Here we had a mainstream film about an ultra-advanced African nation, set in Marvel’s mostly-white cinematic universe. And there…