Doing Philosophy at the Movies

Doing Philosophy at the Movies

by Richard Gilmore

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Doing Philosophy at the Movies by Richard Gilmore

Doing Philosophy at the Movies finds the roots of profound philosophical ideas in the relatively ordinary context of popular, mostly Hollywood, movies. Richard A. Gilmore suggests that narratives of popular films like Hitchcock's Vertigo, John Ford's The Searchers, Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors, the Coen Brothers' Fargo, and Danny Boyle's Trainspotting mirror certain epiphanies in the works of great philosophers. Via Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Zoizûek, Gilmore addresses such themes as the nature of philosophy, the possibility of redemption through love, catharsis, the sublime, and the human problem of death. Gilmore argues that seeing these movies through the lens of certain philosophical ideas can show how deeply relevant both philosophy and the movies can be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791483534
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 336 KB

About the Author

Richard A. Gilmore is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Concordia College and the author of Philosophical Health: Wittgenstein’s Method in “Philosophical Investigations.”

Table of Contents



Introduction: What It Means to Do Philosophy

1. John Ford's The Searchers as an Allegory of the Philosophical Search

2. A The Usual Suspects Moment in Vertigo: The Epistemology of Identity

3. The American Sublime in Fargo

4. Visions of Meaning: Seeing and Non-Seeing in Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors

5. Oedipus Techs: Time Travel as Redemption in The Terminator and 12 Monkeys

6. Into the Toilet: Some Classical Aesthetic Themes Raised by a Scene in Trainspotting

7. Horror and Death at the Movies

Conclusion: The Dialectics of Interpretation



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