The Philosophy of Michael Mann provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the work of this highly accomplished filmmaker, exploring the director's recognizable visual style and the various on-screen and philosophical elements he has tested in his thirty-five-year career. The essays in this wide-ranging book will appeal to fans of the revolutionary filmmaker and to philosophical scholars interested in the themes and conflicts that drive his movies.
About the Author
Aeon J. Skoble is professor of philosophy at Bridgewater State University and a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Deleting the State: An Argument about Government and Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty.
R. Barton Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where he also directs the film studies program. He is the coeditor of The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh.
Table of Contents
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Michael Mann Steven Sanders 1
Michael Mann and Nonplace: A Nietzschean Element in Mann's Modern Crime Films Robert Arnett 14
"Awakened to Chaos": Outsiders in The Jericho Mile and Thief R. Barton Palmer 31
Existential Mann Steven Sanders 51
"Do You See?" Reflecting on Evil in Manhunter Aeon J. Skoble 66
Mann and Übermensch: Evil and Power in Manhunter David Sterritt 74
"Blood in the Moonlight": Toward an Aesthetics of Horror in The Keep and Manhunter Ivo Ritzer 90
Style, Meaning, and Myth in Public Enemies Steven Rybin 104
Interiorization in Public Enemies Murray Pomerance 119
Mannerism: Neoclassical Style in the Films of Michael Mann Tom Paulus Vito Adriaensens 141
The Ethics of Contracts, Conscience, and Courage in The Insider David LaRocca 160
The Commodification of Justice: Michael Mann and Postmodern Law Mark Wildermuth 181
Subjectivity and the Ethics of Duty in Michael Manns Cinema Aga Skrodzka 200
Natural Man, Natural Rights, and Eros: Conflicting Visions of Nature, Society, and Love in The Last of the Mohicans Alan Woolfolk 215
Emotion, Truth, and Space in Heat Jonah Corne 227
Mann's Biopics and the Methodology of Philosophy: Ali and The Insider David Rodríguez-Ruiz 244
List of Contributors 259