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 al
ternative 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.
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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:04 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Open Court Publishing Co. Year Published: 2004 International: No
"As the Greek playwright Hepatitis asks in Woody Allen's play, God, 'Did anybody out there major in philosophy?' Well, thanks to Woody Allen and Philosophy, you need not have majored in philosophy to gain a deeper understanding both of philosophy and Woody Allen's body of work, while at the same time learning how to pronounce 'allegorical' and 'didacticism'. . . . Written with clarity and wit, these essays are must reading for anyone who's a fan of Woody's work--both his teleological existentialist musings on subjective nothingness and his less esoteric stuff like 'Did you hear about Cyclops? He got a middle eye infection'."
--Stephen J. Spignesi Author of The Woody Allen Companion
"Despite his relentless mocking of professional philosophers, despite his refusal to argue systematically for a philosophical position, despite his lack of affiliation with one type of philosophy found in Europe or America, professional philosophers like myself should acknowledge Allen as one of the great philosophical minds of our time. No professional philosopher has done as much as Allen to to raise fundamental philosophical questions in the minds of millions--or has so effectively used humor to make philosophical points. Woody Allen and Philosophy explores these riches more thoroughly and more entertainingly than has ever been done before."
--Peter H. Hare SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
"Long ago I discovered that nearly every intelligent person has a favorite Woody Allen film. Woody Allen and Philosophy relates major works like Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Crimes and Misdemeanors to the philosophy that undergirds their 'message'. From Plato to Nietzsche, philosophers who have shaped the world's outlook are seen to have lent substance to Woody Allen's stunning vision of contemporary life."
--Kimball King Author of Woody Allen: A Casebook
Submitted By Publisher, November, 2004
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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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