Saturday, March 29, 2008

Academic publishing

Is anything more emblematic of the problems with academic publishing than The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series? Lost and Philosophy and 24 and Philosophy! Open Court has a similar series, dealing with The Sopranos, The Simpsons, and The Matrix (and, ahem, Buffy).

Are the artifacts of pop culture really worth the sort of analysis that is written in these books? Now, some sort of art criticism and explanation may be helpful for those seeking deeper layers of meaning, but to attach the name "philosophy" to these efforts... does that not debase the name even further? It's bad enough that some equate philosophy with BSing or a never-ending inquiry that yields no definite answers.

Lost - Home -
Lost TV Show Fansite
LOST-TV // the unofficial fansite for the abc series 'lost' [http ...
FOX Broadcasting Company: 24
FOX Broadcasting Company: The Simpsons
Simpsons Movie
HBO: The Sopranos
BBC - Cult Television - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Homepage
BuffyWorld -- A complete guide to all of the "Buffy the Vampire ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Dr. McInerny's testimony to Mortimer Adler


Armand Maurer, RIP

I found out through

A collection of essays written in his honor: Praise for Armand Maurer, CSB