Call for Abstracts: Star Wars and Philosophy Strikes Back

Call for Abstracts  Star Wars and Philosophy Strikes Back  Edited by Kevin S. Decker and Jason T. Eberl   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  Abstracts and subsequent essays…

Super Bowl Gambling—Daring the Odds and Gods

Super Bowl Gambling—Daring the Odds and Gods             Now and then someone plays with us—good old chance. Nietzsche, The Gay Science, #277 Alexander E. Hooke To spice up this weekend’s Super Bowl, you might place a bet on who will score the first touchdown, total points scored by halftime, or the player with the most…

The Übermensch and Overcoming Nihilism in The Umbrella Academy

  The Übermensch and Overcoming Nihilism in The Umbrella Academy By Elysia Balavage We humans find fascination with those among us who are “extraordinary.” From tales spun about the classical Achilles to the modern Wonder Woman, narratives about individuals with extraordinary abilities have captivated our attention for centuries. The ubiquity of such stories these days…

Michael Jordan or LeBron James?

Michael Jordan or LeBron James? What the GOAT Debate can Teach Us By Victor Monnin Michael Jordan or LeBron James? Who is the greatest player of all time, the GOAT? I find myself addicted to the dispute over this apparently impossible question. Of course, as philosophical questions often do, the GOAT question, raises other questions:…

Never Die: Cobra Kai and Albert Camus

Never Die Cobra Kai and Albert Camus Edwardo Pérez In Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, Hannah Baker finds thirteen reasons to kill herself – among them, she’s been raped, her friends embarrass and betray her, and her reputation is ruined when she’s labeled a slut. For anyone, these are difficult issues to deal with, and for…

Diabolical Revenge on The Boys

Diabolical Revenge on The Boys Edwardo Pérez There’s something about revenge that most of us intuitively understand. It’s universal, isn’t it? When we’re wronged or when someone we love is wronged, especially in a significant way, it seems natural to want to get even, right? Isn’t that what the Code of Hammurabi was all about?…