Cowboy Metaphysics: Ethics and Death in Westerns / Edition 1

Cowboy Metaphysics: Ethics and Death in Westerns / Edition 1

by Peter A. French
     
 

ISBN-10: 084768671X

ISBN-13: 9780847686711

Pub. Date: 10/28/1997

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

For many of us, the image of the cowboy hero facing off against the villain dominates our memories of the movies. Peter French examines the world of the western, one in which death is annihilation, the culmination of life, and there is nothing else. In that world he finds alternatives to Judeo-Christian traditions that dominate our ethical theories, alternatives

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For many of us, the image of the cowboy hero facing off against the villain dominates our memories of the movies. Peter French examines the world of the western, one in which death is annihilation, the culmination of life, and there is nothing else. In that world he finds alternatives to Judeo-Christian traditions that dominate our ethical theories, alternatives that also attack the views of the most prominent ethicists of the past three centuries. More than just a meditation on the portrayal of the good, the bad, and the ugly on the big screen, French's work identifies an attitude toward life that he claims is one of the most distinctive and enduring elements of American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847686711
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1A Clash of Cares1
2The Mount and the Mountains13
3The Shadow of Death47
4Tragedy, Grace, and Pride75
5Aristotle Contemplating the Dying Duke107
6The Death of Death135
Afterword151
Bibliography153
Index159
About the Author163

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