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Popular Culture and Philosophy #08: Woody Allen and Philosophy: You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?by Mark Conard
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Fifteen philosophers representuing different schools of thought answer the question what is Woody Allen trying to say in his films? And why should anyone care?
Focusing on different works and varied aspects of Allen's multifaceted output, these essays explore the philosophical undertones of Anne Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Manhattan, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and reminds us that just because the universe is meaningless and life is pointless is no reason to commit suicide.
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According to philosophy professors Conard (Marymount Manhattan College) and Skoble (Bridgewater State College), who co-edited The Simpsons and Philosophy, you don't have to be a philosophy major to appreciate Woody Allen's take on life's big questions. They collect 15 views on such themes in his films as humor as philosophical commentary (e.g., Annie Hall, 1977); the pursuit of pleasure (A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, 1982); and knowledge vs. faith (Crimes and Misdemeanors, 1989). The volume concludes with a filmography.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
The schlemiel who made Manhattan gets a philosophical once-over in these witty essays.
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