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CANNABIS & PHILOSOPHY: WHAT WERE WE JUST TALKING ABOUT?
Dale Jacquette (ed.) Senior Professorial Chair in Theoretical Philosophy University of Bern, Switzerland
Abstracts with titles are solicited for a newvolume in the Wiley-Blackwell series Philosophyfor everyone, under the general series editorship of Fritz Allhoff. Like previous volumes in thesuccessful ancestral Epicurean Philosophyseries including Beer & Philosophy: TheUnexamined Beer Isn’t Worth Drinking, Wine &Philosophy: A Symposium on Thinking and Drinking,and Food & Philosophy: Eat, Think, and BeMerry Cannabis and Philosophy will focus onphilosophical, social, and economic aspects of a popular albeit illegal indulgence.
There are countless philosophically interestingissues related to cannabis use. Suggestions for topics include but are by no means limited to:cannabis gourmandise; phenomenology and epistemology of cannabis intoxication;distinction between substance use and substance abuse; morality of illegal substance ingestion;civil disobedience and cannabis use; medicinal marijuana and the morality of legal sanctionsagainst medically prescribed usage; related health aspects of cannabis; definitions of ‘soft’and ‘hard’ drugs; whether cannabis is a gateway substance to harder substances;cannabis-influenced aesthetics in art and music; political aspects of cannabis legalization anddecriminalization movements; medical and psychological effects of cannabis use, short- andlong-term; social implications of cannabis prohibition; relativism and cannabis-inducedalterations of perception; memory and cannabis use; impact of cannabis on popular culture;cannabis and nineteenth century literature; globalism and worldwide cannabis cultivationpractices; cannabis tourism; legal and social dimensions of home cultivation; cannabis andphilosophical insight; cannabis and the critical outlook in philosophy; enhancement of pleasures using recreational drugs.
Contributors to the volume will includephilosophers, academics outside of philosophy in fields related to the volume’s themes, andknowledgeable experts in the industry and production of cannabis and paraphernalia. Thereis no presumption that by writing for this volume a contributor implies either personal cannabisingestion or an endorsement of cannabis use by others. The volume introduction will containexplicit disclaimers to this effect, and individual contributors are welcome if theychoose also to emphasize this fact in their own specific cases. Critics of cannabis areespecially invited to contribute. We will be treating an important theme in an academicfashion like any other of social importance, although we expect the collection also to featurea certain amount of fun and mature good humor about marijuana use; contributors are accordinglyencouraged if they choose to relate personal anecdotes and impressions if any of their own oracquaintances’ experience with cannabis.