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Want to write about BSG and philosophy? Here is your chance:

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: Rationalism vs. faith: Baltar and Adama vs. Six and Roslin; Hybrid-speak and the Scrolls of Pythia: Interpreting ambiguities of sense and reference; Are Cylons humans, persons, or none of the above?; Reincarnation, resurrection, or transmigration: How do Cylon souls get around?; "All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again": Eternal recurrence realized; "God has a plan for you, Kara": The precarious nature of Starbuck's freedom; Did Boomer really shoot Adama? Conscious acts, freedom, and moral responsibility; Leaving people behind: Utilitarian ethics and the appropriateness of cutting one's losses; "Join the New Caprica Police": Is collaboration ever the right move?; "People need something to hope for, let it be Earth": Adama's noble lie; Tigh's bottle, Lee's hooker, and Kat's stims: The vain quest for happiness; How many Cylons does it take to eradicate humanity? Collective moral responsibility among the seven models; Freedom vs. survival: Roslin's abortion policy and the black market; Tom Zarek's fight for democracy: But look who got elected president?; Humanity as a "flawed creation": Should we share the Cylon goal of "transhumanism"?; "Worthy of survival": Humanity's need for redemption through atonement; Cylon monotheism vs. Colonial polytheism: Which mode of theism is more rational?; Starbuck's a woman?! Gender identity and character templates

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