Call for AbstractsSouth Park and Philosophy   Please circulate and post widely. Apologies for Cross-posting.   Robert Arp, Editor William Irwin, General Editor The Blackwell Philosophy and Popular Culture Series     To propose ideas for future volumes in the Blackwell series please contact William Irwin, <> .

    Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium.   Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: Stan's grandpa, Kenny's feeding tube, and the ethics of life and death; Christopher Reeve and Stem Cell Research; Elephants, pigs, and cloning; Harbucks, Something Wal-Mart This Way Comes, and the goods and bads of corporations; Cartman And Hobbesian Egoism; Skuzzlebut and the ethics of hunting and/or gun control; Big Gay Al, Mr. Garrison, and gay rights; Timmy and Disability; Drugs are bad, Mmkay? Towelie, Ritalin, and the ethics of drug-usage; The Chewbacca defense, stinky britches, and legal ethics; Existential angst: Why we look forward to Kenny's death every episode; Camus And The Pointlessness Of SP; Our world and Heaven/Hell, Kenny's body and Kenny's soul: Cartesian dualism or metaphysical materialism in SP; Pissant white-bread towns and racism in SP; The Passion of the Jew and the use and abuse of free speech in SP; Plato's Virtue Ethics And The Parent As Role Model In SP; over-the-top stereotypes and moral messages in SP; Jesus, Santa Claus, and Atheism; Chef and Scientology; The place of SP in a pluralistic society; Aristotelian Versus Machiavellian Virtue And Vice In SP.   Contributor guidelines:   1. Abstract of paper (100-500 words). 2. CV or resume for each author and co-author. 3. Submission deadline for abstracts:  May 1, 2006 4. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers (tentative):  July 3, 2006 5. Submission deadline for final papers September 5, 2006. 6. Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail, with or without Word attachment.   Send by e-mail to: Robert Arp