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Movies and the Meaning of Life Paperback – April 10, 2005
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19 papers in which academic philosophers use contemporary Hollywood productions to illustrate some foundational concerns of their disciplines. -- Book News, Inc., July, 2005
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Tudico teaches philosophy at East Tennessee State University.
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Broken down into five sections and nineteen chapters, MOVIES AND THE MEANING OF LIFE explores some of the deep issues that some of history's heaviest intellects have wrestled with. The essence of reality, personal identity and what it even means to be an individual, religiosity and atheism, how to live one's life, and what one should try to get out of life are all explored. But the exploration, wonderfully, takes place through an examination of Spider-Man, Fight Club, Minority Report and numerous other movies. One of the strengths of the book is that most of the movies are well enough known for the book to be attractive to a good number of people, but with a few lesser known flicks thrown in for good measure.
All the essays are of a fairly good quality. However, as the essays are written by different philosophers, everyone will agree with some interpretations and analyses more than others. Yes, personally I thought the essay for Boys Don't Cry to be just one more piece of feminist drivel, while that for The Truman Show to be thought provoking and interesting. Surely, though, someone else will have different takes on them. It also serves the larger purpose of the book - to get one to think.
One of the few downsides is that the essays are not long enough to do anything more than scratch the surface of the ideas they explore.Read more ›
Movies and the Meaning of life is a great as a supplement for introductory philosophy classes. I hope it sells well so that an expanded volume may be published which include new movies like Adaptation (Identity) and Million Dollar Baby (Bio Ethics).
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very cheap and easy to purchase and I got exactly what i needed 100% just go ahead and buy new and it will save you time and moneyPublished on September 9, 2013 by Pearl
The conceit of this book is to pair a prof of philosophy with a movie .The prof then tells us the underlying philosophy of the flick. Doesn't sound promising but it works. Read morePublished on October 20, 2007 by Michael P. Maslanka