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Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

A message from the series editor

Since its inception in 2000, Open Court's Popular Culture and Philosophy® series has brought high-quality philosophy to general readers. The volumes present essays by academic philosophers exploring the meanings, concepts, and puzzles within television shows, movies, music and other icons of popular culture.

If you have a proposal for a volume in the series, please send it along. But keep in mind that most PCP volumes are not about entire genres in popular culture. They focus on specific television programs, hit movies, books, video games or trends. Proposals for titles such as "Video Games and Philosophy" or "Action Movies and Philosophy," are much less appealing than (for example) "Grand Theft Auto . . ." or "Kill Bill and Philosophy."

While many items in popular culture have identifiable philosophical content, that does not guarantee that "X and philosophy" will appeal to fans. (By X, I mean the topic in question, not the highly underrated Los Angeles punk band of the 1980s!) In many cases, fans would probably rather re-watch the movie or re-read the book than open a book of scholarly essays about it. But when most fans think the movie or rock band in question is misunderstood or underappreciated, PCP volumes are just the thing—especially when the philosophers writing about the concepts and arguments in question are fans themselves.

So, if you have an idea or proposal for the series, feel free to contact me. And if you are interested in editing a volume, please indicate whether you believe that there are many philosophers among the fans of the topic. If Open Court and I decide to pursue your idea, we will get back to you (usually within a week or two) to discuss your idea and perhaps ask for a proposal that addresses these considerations in detail.

George Reisch


Read George Reisch's column, Pop Goes Philosophy.

  1. Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing (2000)image
  2. The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (2001)
  3. The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (2002)
  4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (2003)
  5. The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All (2003)
  6. Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box (2004)image
  7. The Sopranos and Philosophy: I Kill Therefore I Am (2004)
  8. Woody Allen and Philosophy: You Mean My Whole Fallacy is Wrong? (2004)
  9. Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts (2004)
  10. Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controversy (2004)
  11. More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded (2005)
  12. Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine (2005)
  13. Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice, and the Socratic Way (2005)
  14. The Atkins Diet and Philosophy: Chewing the Fat with Kant and Nietzsche (2005)
  15. The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy: The Lion, the Witch, and the Worldview (2005)
  16. Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason (2005)image
  17. Bob Dylan and Philosophy: It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Thinking) (2006)
  18. Harley-Davidson and Philosophy: Full-Throttle Aristotle (2006)
  19. Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think! (2006)
  20. Poker and Philosophy: Pocket Rockets and Philosopher Kings (2006)
  21. U2 and Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band (2006)
  22. The Undead and Philosophy: Chicken Soup for the Soulless (2006)
  23. James Bond and Philosophy: Questions Are Forever (2006)
  24. Bullshit and Philosophy: Guaranteed to Get Perfect Results Every Time (2006)
  25. The Beatles and Philosophy: Nothing You Can Think That Can't Be Thunk (2006)image
  26. South Park and Philosophy: Bigger, Longer, and More Penetrating (2007)
  27. Hitchcock and Philosophy: Dial M for Metaphysics (2007)
  28. The Grateful Dead and Philosophy: Getting High Minded about Love and Haight (2007)
  29. Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy: How to Philosophize with a Pair of Pliers and a Blowtorch (2007)
  30. Pink Floyd and Philosophy: Careful with that Axiom, Eugene! (2007)
  31. Johnny Cash and Philosophy: The Burning Ring of Truth (2008)
  32. Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness on the Edge of Truth (2008)
  33. Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up? (2008)
  34. iPod and Philosophy: iCon of an ePoch (2008)
  35. Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant (2008)
  36. The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy: I Link Therefore I Am (2008)
  37. The Wizard of Oz and Philosophy: Wicked Wisdom of the West (2008)
  38. Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter Happier More Deductive (2009)
  39. Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy: The Porpoise Driven Life (2009)
  40. Transformers and Philosophy: More Than Meets the Mind (2009)
  41. Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (And So Can You!) (2009)
  42. Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil Is Its Own Reward (2009)
  43. The Golden Compass and Philosophy: God Bites the Dust (2009)
  44. Led Zeppelin and Philosophy: All Will Be Revealed (2009)
  45. World of Warcraft and Philosophy: Wrath of the Philosopher King (2009)
  46. Mr. Monk and Philosophy edited by Dylan E. Wittkower (2010)
  47. Anime and Philosophy edited by Josef Steiff and Tristan D. Tamplin (2010)
  48. The Red Sox and Philosophy edited by Michael Macomber (2010)
  49. Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy edited by Richard Greene and K. Silem Mohammad (2010)
  50. Facebook and Philosophy edited by Dylan E. Wittkower (2010)
  51. Soccer and Philosophy edited by Ted Richards (2010)
  52. Manga and Philosophy edited by Josef Steiff and Adam Barkman (2010)
  53. Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness edited by Graham Priest and Damon Young (2010)
  54. The Onion and Philosophy: Fake News Story True Alleges Indignant Area Professor edited by Sharon M. Kaye (2010)
  55. Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside edited by by Courtland Lewis and Paula Smithka (2010)
  56. Dune and Philosophy edited by Jeffery Nicholas (2011)
  57. Rush and Philosophy edited by Jim Berti and Durrell Bowman (2011)
  58. Dexter and Philosophy edited by Richard Greene, George A. Reisch, and Rachel Robison-Greene (2011)
  59. Halo and Philosophy edited by Luke Cuddy (2011)
  60. SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy edited by Joseph J. Foy (2011)
  61. Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy edited by Josef Steiff (2011)
  62. Inception and Philosophy edited by Thorsten Botz-Bornstein (2011)
  63. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy edited by D. E. Wittkower (2011)
  64. The Rolling Stones and Philosophy edited by Luke Dick and George A. Reisch (2011)
  65. Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy edited by Seth Vannatta (2012)
  66. Neil Gaiman and Philosophy edited by Tracy L. Bealer, Rachel Luria, and Wayne Yuen (2012)
  67. Breaking Bad and Philosophy edited by David R. Koepsell and Robert Arp (2012)
  68. The Walking Dead and Philosophy edited by Wayne Yuen (2012)
  69. Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy edited by Mark Ralkowski (2012)
  70. Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy edited by Jon Cogburn and Mark Silcox (2012)
  71. The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy edited by Keith Dromm and Heather Salter (2012)
  72. Jeopardy! and Philosophy edited by Shaun P. Young (2012)
  73. The Wire and Philosophy edited by David Bzdak, Joanna Crosby, and Seth Vannatta (2013)
  74. Planet of the Apes and Philosophy edited by John Huss (2013)
  75. Psych and Philosophy edited by Robert Arp (2013)
  76. The Good Wife and Philosophy edited by Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray and Robert Arp (2013)
  77. Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene (2013)
  78. Futurama and Philosophy, edited by Courtland Lewis and Shaun P. Young (2013)
  79. Frankenstein and Philosophy edited by Nicolas Michaud (2013)
  80. Ender's Game and Philosophy edited by D. E. Wittkower and Lucinda Rush (2013)
  81. How I Met Your Mother and Philosophy edited by Lorenzo von Matterhorn (2014)
  82. Jurassic Park and Philosophy: The Truth Is Terrifying edited by Nicolas Michaud and Jessica Watkins (2014)
  83. The Devil and Philosophy edited by Robert Arp (2014)
  84. Leonard Cohen and Philosophy edited by Jason Holt (2014)
  85. Homeland and Philosophy edited by Robert Arp (2014)
  86. Girls and Philosophy edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene (2015)

Forthcoming Titles: 2015 and Beyond

  • Adventure Time and Philosophy edited by Nicolas Michaud (2015)
  • Justified and Philosophy edited by Rod Carveth and Robert Arp (2015)
  • Steve Jobs and Philosophy edited by Shawn E. Klein (2015)
  • Dracula and Philosophy edited by Nicolas Michaud and Janelle Pötzsch (2015)
  • It's Always Sunny and Philosophy edited by Roger Hunt and Robert Arp (2015)
  • Orange Is the New Black and Philosophy, edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene (2015)
  • Divergent and Philosophy, edited by Courtland Lewis (2015)
  • Louis CK and Philosophy, edited by Mark Ralkowski (2015)
  • Perry Mason and Philosophy, edited by Robert Arp (2015)
  • Downton Abbey and Philosophy, edited by Robert Arp (2015)
  • The Ultimate Walking Dead and Philosophy, edited by Wayne Yuen (2016)
  • The New Doctor Who and Philosophy, edited by Courtland Lewis and Paula Smithka (2016)
  • Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy, edited by Joseph Westfall (2016)
  • Discworld and Philosophy, edited by Nicolas Michaud (2016)
  • Superman versus Batman and Philosophy, edited by Nicolas Michaud (2016)
  • Community and Philosophy (2017)
  • Lady Gaga and Philosophy (2017)

If you would like more information about these upcoming books, send an email to .

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