Amid all the controversy, criticism, and celebration of Terrence Malick's award-winning film The Tree of Life, what do we really understand of it? The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace thoughtfully engages the philosophical riches of life, culture, time, and the sacred through Malick's film. This innovative collection traverses the relationships among ontological, moral, scientific, and spiritual perspectives on the world, demonstrating how phenomenological work can be done in and through the cinematic medium, and attempting to bridge the gap between narrow "theoretical" works on film and their broader cultural and philosophical significance. Exploring Malick's film as a philosophical engagement, this readable and insightful collection presents an excellent resource for film specialists, philosophers of film, and film lovers alike.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
JONATHAN BEEVER is an assistant professor of ethics and digital culture in the department of philosophy and the Texts and Technology Program at the University of Central Florida.
VERNON W. CISNEY is a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Gettysburg College.
Table of Contents
Introduction: In the Midst of the GardenJonathan Beever and Vernon W. CisneyPart IThe Way1. On Visual Poetry: Experiencing and Writing about The Tree of LifeIan-Malcolm Rijsdijk2. Seeing the Light in The Tree of Life - William Rothman3. The Technologies of Observation: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and the Philosophy of Science FictionMarc Furstenau4. Belief in this World: Aesthetic Mythology in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of LifeRobert SinnerbrinkPart IIOf Grace5. Religious Exteriority in Malick’s The Tree of LifeEric Boynton6. The Tree of Life and DeathJohn Bleasdale7. “What Was it You Showed Me?” Perplexity and Forgiveness: The Tree of Life as Augustinian ConfessionPaul Camacho8. Varieties of Finitude in The Tree of LifeMandel CabreraPart IIIOf Nature9. The Triumph of Love in The Tree of LifeErin Kealey10. Suffering and Redemption: A Nietzschean Analysis of The Tree of LifeLeslie MacAvoy11. All the World is Shining, and Love is Smiling Through All Things: The Collapse of the Two Ways in The Tree of LifeVernon W. Cisney12. The World of Representation via The Tree of LifeJonathan BeeverAppendixTerrence Malick’s Translator’s Introduction to The Essence of ReasonsTerrence MalickContributor Biographies