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Cowboy Metaphysics : Ethics and Death in Westerns - Peter A. French

Cowboy Metaphysics

Ethics and Death in Westerns

Paperback Published: 23rd October 1997
ISBN: 9780847686711
Number Of Pages: 192

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For many of us, the image of the cowboy hero facing off against the villain dominates our memories of the movies. Peter A. French examines the world of the western, one in which death is annihilation, the culmination of life, and there is nothing else. In that world, he finds alternatives to Judeo-Christian traditions that dominate our ethical theories, alternatives that also attack the views of the most prominent ethicists of the past three centuries. More than just a meditation on the portrayal of the good, the bad, and the ugly on the big screen, French's work identifies an attitude toward life that he claims is one of the most distinctive and enduring elements of American culture.

Imaginative and careful. The easy reading and close attention to theoretical nuance recommend this book to a variety of audiences.--Brannon Wheeler, University of Washington "Religious Studies Review "

A Clash of Caresp. 1
The Mount and the Mountainsp. 13
The Shadow of Deathp. 47
Tragedy, Grace, and Pridep. 75
Aristotle Contemplating the Dying Dukep. 107
The Death of Deathp. 135
Afterwordp. 151
Bibliographyp. 153
Indexp. 159
About the Authorp. 163
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ISBN: 9780847686711
ISBN-10: 084768671X
Series: Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 23rd October 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 14.88  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.26