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…

Let it Go? Elsa, Stoicism, and the “Lazy Argument”

Let it Go? Elsa, Stoicism, and the “Lazy Argument” Brendan Shea   Disney’s Frozen (2013) and Frozen 2 (2019) are among the highest-grossing films of all time (IMDb 2021) and are arguably among the most influential works of fantasy produced in the last decade in any medium. The films, based loosely on Hans Christensen Andersen’s…

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…

“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…

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…