[Pathways] Call for Papers: Theology and Batman

Send abstract to Matthew Brake at popandtheology@gmail.com.

Theology and Batman
Edited by Matthew William Brake and Rev. C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

In 2019, Batman turned 80 years old. First appearing in Detective Comics #27, that famous title hit #1000 back in March. Since his debut, Batman has been a cultural force across multiple medium, whether in the comics that spawned him, the 1960s campy television series, the animated series in the 1990s, or the movies of Tim Burton, Zack Snyder, and especially Christopher Nolan. With Warner Brothers set to debut a new Batman film in 2021, now is the perfect time a book exploring the intersection of theology and Batman. No other volume currently exists that explores Batman in a peer-reviewed theological format.

Potential Topics

There are over 80 years worth of Batman stories to draw from written by multiple authors and spanning across multiple mediums. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

- What Religion is Batman? Catholic, Atheist, or Other?
- Batman knows gods exist, but can he believe?
- Grant Morrison's Neo-Platonic Bat-god.
- Psychodelic Religious Experiences and Corrupt Priests in Batman: The Cult
- The Cult of the Cat, Mad Monks, and Scary Religions in the World of Batman
- Simon Hurt, the Hole in Things, and Evil as Deprivation in Augustine
- Gothic Cathedrals and Religious Architecture in the World of the Dark Knight
- Sin and Salvation in Batman: Damned
- An Agnostic Mortal on Mount Olympus: Batman Alongside the Super Heroes
- A Sacred Oath: The Power of Ritual in the Batman's World
- Recovering from Religion: Denny O'Neill's Azrael and the Order of St. Dumas

Abstracts between 250-500 words are due by Oct. 31, 2019 and should be sent to Matthew Brake at popandtheology@gmail.com. Final Drafts of between 5,000-7,000 words will be due by March 1, 2020.

Matthew William Brake is the editor of the Theology and Pop Culture series from Lexington. He has presented on the topic of theology and Batman and teaches a Religion and Literature course at George Mason University exploring the Batman works of Grant Morrison. The Rev. Canon C.K. Robertson, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at General Theological Seminary, Vice President of the board of the Anglican Theological Review, and General Editor of the Studies in Episcopal & Anglican Theology series.

Again, please send abstracts to Matthew Brake at popandtheology@gmail.com.

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[Pathways] 'Thoughts on Time' by D. R. Khashaba

THOUGHTS ON TIME

Contemporary philosophers have driven the riddle of time into endless mazes. Here for a change is a naïve approach.

Read:

https://philosophia937.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/thoughts-on-time/

D. R. Khashaba
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[Pathways] Books by Richard Schain

Pathway readers who may imagine the possibility of leading a philosophic life in nature, free from societal constraints, may find interesting two books I have published:

1. Landesman's Journal, Meditations of a Forest Philosopher (2016) Paragon House

2. Landesman's Legacy, the Abandoned Writings (2018) Garric Press

Both books are available from Amazon.

The Introduction to the first book with an outside review can be obtained at no cost by email request to richardschain@yahoo.com.

Richard Schain

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[Pathways] 'In Praise of Philosophical Ignorance' by D. R. Khashaba

PRAISE OF PHILOSOPHICAL IGNORANCE (2018)

The failure of philosophers (beginning with Aristotle) to absorb the Socratic-Platonic insight into the true nature and proper limits of philosophy has cost us dearly. This book is a voice crying in the wilderness: 'BACK TO SOCRATES!'

Dowload PDF:

https://ia802903.us.archive.org/10/items/PRAISINGPHILOSOPHICALIGNORANC/PRAISING%20PHILOSOPHICAL%20IGNORANC.pdf

D. R. Khashaba
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October 21, 2019

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[Pathways] Ask a Philosopher: The paradox of anti-solipsism

The paradox of anti-solipsism

Samuel asked:

"To what extent is solipsism a relevant philosophical theory in modern society?

"I have determined it to be irrelevant in an ethical sense but not in a philosophical one."

Answer by Geoffrey Klempner:

In a nutshell, ethical solipsism would be the view that other people simply don't count in my deliberations. They are tools to use, or obstacles that get in my way, nothing more. By contrast, 'philosophical' or what I would term ontological solipsism is the view that I am the only entity that exists. You are just one of the characters in the story of my world — which is the one and only world.

For the ethical solipsist, people are 'real' in the sense that they are actually existing entities outside my own consciousness. I might or might not believe that these 'things' have something 'inside' — consciousness, a view of the world, desires and feelings — or not.

If they don't have anything 'inside' then their apparent 'pain' or 'suffering' cannot give me sadness or pleasure. They are just pieces of malfunctioning biological equipment. But if they do have something 'inside' then, so what? So what if their suffering is real? Pain is bad when it's in me, but if it's in you then it doesn't hurt me at all [...]

Read more:

https://askaphilosopher.org/2019/10/20/the-paradox-of-anti-solipsism/

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[Pathways] 'Plato's Hidden Treasure' by D. R. Khashaba

PLATO'S HIDDEN TREASURE

My latest blog post examines a passage in Plato's Phaedo (95e-102a) as important and rich as it is difficult, tricky, and problematic.

Read: https://philosophia937.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/platos-hidden-treasure/

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[Pathways] Abortion, Ethics and Law

I wanted to share this recent open-access (=free) introductory book
on ethics and abortion:

'Thinking Critically About Abortion: Why Most Abortions Aren't
Wrong & Why All Abortions Should Be Legal'

Nathan Nobis & Kristina Grob (Open Philosophy Press, 2019)

Available at:

https://www.AbortionArguments.com

Thank you!

Nathan Nobis, Ph.D.
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[Pathways] Bounce management

Several hundred emails have been removed from the Pathways list because they were bouncing. This happens for a variety of reasons. The system notes that an email has failed delivery on one or more occasions. The reason for the failure is not given.

If your email address was removed in error please let me know so that it can be restored to the list.

Thank you, and apologies for the inconvenience!

GK

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[Pathways] 'Plato: An Interpretation' by D. R. Khashaba

PLATO: AN INTERPRETATION (2005)

An original reading of Plato's dialogues.

"Plato gave us the profoundest truths about ourselves and about Reality in winged myths. Our learned scholars turn the myths into silly dogmata, into transparently erroneous doctrines, and all is lost: the inspirational core, the inspired insight, is dissipated when its housing shell of myth is shattered."

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https://ia801203.us.archive.org/17/items/PlatoAnInterpretation/PLATO_AN_INTERPRETATION_KKcorrections.pdf

D. R. Khashaba
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[Pathways] A multidimensional understanding of prosperity and well-being

I am a co-author of a paper just published in PLoS ONE: "A multidimensional understanding of prosperity and well-being at country level: Data-driven explorations". My first involvement with empirical research (though that was all done by the other two authors, Mohsen Joshanloo and Veljko Jovanovic, both psychologists) - an interesting and enlightening experience. For those interested in well-being, the study uses factor analysis on a range of indicators, to investigate how well-being and prosperity behave at country level.

Joshanloo M, Jovanović V, Taylor T (2019) A multidimensional understanding of prosperity and well-being at country level: Data-driven explorations. PLoS ONE 14(10): e0223221. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0223221

Tim Taylor

[Pathways] Pathways to Philosophy student Matthew Allen set for PhD

I have just received an email from Matthew Allen, a retired Chartered Accountant and amateur naval historian, who successfully competed the Pathways Moral Philosophy program in 2005 and the Pathways Philosophy of Language program in 2007.

Since following Pathways, Matthew went on to do a BA and MA at Birkbeck College London - my old college - and then the Edinburgh University MSc in Ethics, Epistemology and the Mind. He has now won a bursary from Birkbeck to do a MRes (a Research Masters degree) with the intention of following on with a PhD. His research topic is epistemological disjunctivism.

Matthew Allen's LinkedIn Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-allen-739881127/

Matthew will not be the first Pathways student to go on to PhD. Tony Bellotti did his PhD on computational learning at Royal Holloway College, London, after completing our Associate program, and is now a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. Tony's four essays submitted for the Associate Award of the ISFP - on Descartes, Thomas Nagel, Kant and Schopenhauer - may be viewed here:

https://philosophypathways.com/essays/#bellotti

If you are a former Pathways to Philosophy or ISFP student and have news to share - especially if you have gone on to take a higher degree - do contact me at klempner@fastmail.net and I will be very glad to hear from you!

GK

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[Pathways] 'Creative Eternity: A Metaphysical Myth' by D. R. Khashaba

CREATIVE ETERNITY:
A METAPHYSICAL MYTH (2016)

Why a myth? All genuine philosophers speak of one Reality yet they give different accounts. That does not prove them false. Genuine philosophers intimate threir insights into the one unfathomable and strictly ineffable Reality in myth and parable. Here is such a myth conveying an integral philosophy, uniting ontology, epistemology, and axiology and concluding in a dire warning of the impending doom of the human race.

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https://ia801605.us.archive.org/4/items/PhilosophyOfCreativeEternity/philosophy%20of%20creative%20eternity.pdf

D. R. Khashaba
October 5, 2019

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[Pathways] Philosophical cafe this Thursday

Hello all,

My name is Andrew Keltner and I am a philosophical practitioner, PhD
Researcher, and Director of the Philosophical Practices Certificate
program with GCAS College Dublin (Global Center for Advanced Studies). As
part of a new initiative within GCAS College Dublin, I will be hosting and
facilitating weekly philosophical dialogues, or philosophical "cafes" this
Thursday, tomorrow, if you are interested please follow the instructions
below.

Now, here is the important info:

* Thursday workshops are free and open to the public.

* They will be held at 7 pm Paris Time, or Central European
Summer Time.

* We use Zoom video chat platform.

* You can get on the list of attendees to by emailing me
at akeltner.ak@gmail.com.

* I will email more specifics with those are interested. Thank you for
your time and I hope to see some of you there.

Best regards,

Andrew Keltner
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[Pathways] Contribute to Philosophy Summaries

Hello philosophers, Recently, a blog has been set up with a few posts. This blog will be an archive of summaries of philosophical works. ...