CFA – Moral Psychology of Amusement

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are sought for a collection on the moral psychology of amusement, as part of Rowan and Littlefield International’s current series of volumes on the moral psychology of various emotions (Mark Alfano, series editor).

Fireworks explodingThe aim of the volume is to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on amusement, so a wide range of disciplines and methodologies are welcome.

Possible topics include:

  • Consideration of some of the causes or consequences and the moral implications of those causes or consequences,
  • Morally relevant ways that amusement interacts with other emotions,
  • Morally appropriate or inappropriate uses of one’s own amusement
  • Examination of the contexts in which it is morally permissible to induce (or not) amusement in others,
  • A cross-cultural analysis of amusement,
  • Amusement and feminism,
  • Ways in which amusement can subvert or aid our moral reasoning,
  • Amusement as a means of oppression,
  • The dangers of amusement, or
  • An analysis of what about jokes amuses us.

These are suggestions, but additional topics are welcome.

Contributor Guidelines:

Send the following to brian.robinson@tamuk.edu by May 15, 2018:

  1. Title
  2. Abstract of paper (150–600 words)
  3. Resume/CV for each author/coauthor of the paper

 

Complete drafts of accepted submissions (approximately 8,000 words) will be due May 15, 2019. Publication expected in 2020.