Cowboy Metaphysics: Ethics and Death in Westerns / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
Imaginative and careful. The easy reading and close attention to theoretical nuance recommend this book to a variety of audiences.
— Brannon Wheeler, University of Washington
Teaching Philosophy
An important book. . . . I am looking forward to Peter French's subsequent work. I hope it will be as thought provoking and interesting as Cowboy Metaphysics, a book I recommend for undergraduate classes in ethics and film.
— Joe Givvin, Mount Mercy College
Religious Studies Review - Brannon Wheeler
Imaginative and careful. The easy reading and close attention to theoretical nuance recommend this book to a variety of audiences.
Teaching Philosophy - Joe Givvin
An important book. . . . I am looking forward to Peter French's subsequent work. I hope it will be as thought provoking and interesting as Cowboy Metaphysics, a book I recommend for undergraduate classes in ethics and film.
CHOICE, November 1998 - J.H. Baker
French does a skillfully illustrated and philosphically sophisticated job. This is a book about which you should give a damn.
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Meet the Author

Peter A. French holds the Cole Chair in Ethics and is professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida. He is the cofounder and senior editor of Midwest Studies in Philosophy and editor of The Journal of Social Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 A Clash of Cares 1
2 The Mount and the Mountains 13
3 The Shadow of Death 47
4 Tragedy, Grace, and Pride 75
5 Aristotle Contemplating the Dying Duke 107
6 The Death of Death 135
Afterword 151
Bibliography 153
Index 159
About the Author 163
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