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Woody Allen and Philosophy : You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?

Woody Allen and Philosophy : You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong? - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0812694536

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ISBN13: 978-0812694536
ISBN10: 0812694538
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Co.
Published: 2004
International: No

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Woody Allen and Philosophy : You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong? - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0812694536

Mark T. Conrad and Aeon J. Skoble

ISBN13: 978-0812694536
ISBN10: 0812694538
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Co.

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Comedian, writer, director, actor, musician, and deep thinker, Woody Allen is clearly trying to say something, but what? And why should anyone care? Fifteen philosophers representing different schools of thought answer these questions, focusing on different works and varied aspects of Allen's multifaceted output. These essays explore such topics as how Schopenhauer's theory of humor emerges in Annie Hall; why, for all his apparent pessimism, Allen gives a brighter alternative to the Bogartian nihilism of film noir; the importance of integrity for the Good Life, as found in Manhattan; and the fact that just because the universe is meaningless and life is pointless is no reason to commit suicide. Also here are droll, probing essays on why hedonism is a health hazard, and why, despite the fact that Earth may be swallowed by a black hole and crushed to the size of a peanut, the toilet continues to overflow.

Table of Contents

Act I Morality, Interpretation, and the Meaning of Life

1. God, Suicide, and the Meaning of Life in the Films of Woody Allen
2. Integrity in Woody Allen's Manhattan
3. Does Morality Have to Be Blind? A Kantian Analysis of Crimes and Misdemeanors
4. Arguing Interpretations: The Pragmatic Optimism of Woody Allen

Act II Woody's Craft

5. The Mousetrap: Reading Woody Allen
6. Woody on Aesthetic Appreciation
7. Art and Voyeurism in the Films of Woody Allen
8. "You Don't Deserve Cole Porter": Love and Music According to Woody Allen
9. Dead Sharks and Dynamite Ham: The Philosophical Use of Humor in Annie Hall
10. Reconstructing Ingmar: The Aesthetic Purging of the Great Model

Act III Five Films

11. The Dangers of Hedonism: A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
12. Inauthenticity and Personal Identity in Zelig
13. It's All Darkness: Plato, The Ring of Gyges, and Crimes and Misdemeanors
14. Self Knowledge in Another Woman
15. Woody Allen's Film Noir Light: Crime, Love, and Self-Knowledge in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Entertainment for Intellectuals: A Woody Allen Filmography

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