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Woody Allen and Philosophy: [You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?]by Mark T. Conard
Synopses & Reviews
Woody Allen--comedian, writer, director, actor, musician, and deep thinker--is clearly trying to tell us something, but what? And why should we care? Fifteen philosophers representing different viewpoints give us their answers, focussing on different Woody Allen works and varied aspects of his multifaceted output. Everyone who wears glasses, and must therefore be an intellectual, will want to find out:
-how Schopenhauer's theory of humor is exemplified in Annie Hall;
-why, for all his apparent pessimism, Woody gives us a brighter alternative to the Bogartian nihilism of film noir;
-that when we watch a Woody Allen movie, the movie is watching us;
-the part played by music in advancing Woody's philosophical arguments;
-why hedonism is hazardous to your health, a warning from A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy;
-how Crimes and Misdemeanors can have the nerve to tell us we have to act justly, despite the fact that injustice will win;
-that the Earth may be swallowed by a black hole and crushed to the size of a pea, yet this won't prevent your toilet from overflowing;
-the importance of integrity for the Good life, as demonstrated in Manhattan;
-whether Zelig can help us understand the origins of mass atrocities;
-that just because the universe is meaningless and life is pointless is no reason to commit suicide.
In fifteen witty essays, fifteen philosophers answer the questions of what writer, director, actor, comedian, musician, and deep thinker Woody Allen is trying to say and why anyone should care. Original.
Table of Contents
Act I: morality, interpretation, and the meaning of life — God, suicide, and the meaning of life in the films of Woody Allen / Mark T. Conrad — Integrity in Woody Allen's Manhattan / Aeon J. Skoble — Does morality have to be blind? : a Kantian analysis of crimes and misdemeanors / James Lawler — Arguing interpretations : the pragmatic optimism of Woody Allen / Ian Jarvie — Act II: Woody's craft — The mousetrap : reading Woody Allen / James Wallace — Woody on aesthetic appreciation / Jaspm Holt — Art and voyeurism in the films of Woody Allen / Jerold Abrams — "You don't deserve Cole Porter" : love and music according to Woody Allen / James South — Dead sharks and dynamite ham : the philosophical use of humor in Annie Hall / Lou Ascione — Reconstructing Ingmar : the aesthetic purging of the great model / Per Broman — Act III: five films — The dangers of Hedonism : a midsummer night's sex comedy / Sander Lee — Inauthenticity and personal identity in Zelig / David Detmer — It's all darkness : Plato, the ring of gyges, and crimes and misdemeanors / John Pappas — Self knowledge in another woman / Jill Gordon — Woody Allen's film noir light : self-knowledge, crime, and love in the curse of the jade scorpion / Mary P. Nichols.
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