Woody Allen and Philosophy: You Mean My Whole Fallacy is Wrong (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series)

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Fifteen philosophers representuing different schools of thought answer the question what is Woody Allen trying to say in his films? And why should anyone care?
Focusing on different works and varied aspects of Allen's multifaceted output, these essays explore the philosophical undertones of Anne Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Manhattan, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and reminds us that just because the ...
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Fifteen philosophers representuing different schools of thought answer the question what is Woody Allen trying to say in his films? And why should anyone care?
Focusing on different works and varied aspects of Allen's multifaceted output, these essays explore the philosophical undertones of Anne Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Manhattan, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and reminds us that just because the universe is meaningless and life is pointless is no reason to commit suicide.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812694536
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/9/2004
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,401,545
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Can We Not Talk about Sex All the Time? ix
Acknowledgments xii
Introduction: You Know Nothing of My Work 1
Act I Morality, Interpretation, and the Meaning of Life 5
1. God, Suicide, and the Meaning of Life in the Films of Woody Allen 7
2. Integrity in Woody Allen's Manhattan 24
3. Does Morality Have to Be Blind? A Kantian Analysis of Crimes and Misdemeanors 33
4. Arguing Interpretations: The Pragmatic Optimism of Woody Allen 48
Act II Woody's Craft 67
5. The Mousetrap: Reading Woody Allen 69
6. Woody on Aesthetic Appreciation 89
7. Art and Voyeurism in the Films of Woody Allen 101
8. "You Don't Deserve Cole Porter": Love and Music According to Woody Allen 118
9. Dead Sharks and Dynamite Ham: The Philosophical Use of Humor in Annie Hall 132
10. Reconstructing Ingmar: The Aesthetic Purging of the Great Model 151
Act III Five Films 167
11. The Dangers of Hedonism: A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy 169
12. Inauthenticity and Personal Identity in Zelig 186
13. It's All Darkness: Plato, The Ring of Gyges, and Crimes and Misdemeanors 203
14. Self Knowledge in Another Woman 218
15. Woody Allen's Film Noir Light: Crime, Love, and Self-Knowledge in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 243
Entertainment for Intellectuals: A Woody Allen Filmography 259
All These Great Minds ... 261
Index 265
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