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Woody Allen and Philosophy : [You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?] - Mark T. Conard

Woody Allen and Philosophy

[You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?]

By: Mark T. Conard (Editor), Aeon J. Skoble (Editor), William Irwin (Adapted By)

Paperback Published: 9th August 2004
ISBN: 9780812694536
Number Of Pages: 250

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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.

Foreword: Can We Not Talk about Sex All the Time?p. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Introduction: You Know Nothing of My Workp. 1
Morality, Interpretation, and the Meaning of Lifep. 5
God, Suicide, and the Meaning of Life in the Films of Woody Allenp. 7
Integrity in Woody Allen's Manhattanp. 24
Does Morality Have to Be Blind? A Kantian Analysis of Crimes and Misdemeanorsp. 33
Arguing Interpretations: The Pragmatic Optimism of Woody Allenp. 48
Woody's Craftp. 67
The Mousetrap: Reading Woody Allenp. 69
Woody on Aesthetic Appreciationp. 89
Art and Voyeurism in the Films of Woody Allenp. 101
"You Don't Deserve Cole Porter": Love and Music According to Woody Allenp. 118
Dead Sharks and Dynamite Ham: The Philosophical Use of Humor in Annie Hallp. 132
Reconstructing Ingmar: The Aesthetic Purging of the Great Modelp. 151
Five Filmsp. 167
The Dangers of Hedonism: A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedyp. 169
Inauthenticity and Personal Identity in Zeligp. 186
It's All Darkness: Plato, The Ring of Gyges, and Crimes and Misdemeanorsp. 203
Self Knowledge in Another Womanp. 218
Woody Allen's Film Noir Light: Crime, Love, and Self-Knowledge in The Curse of the Jade Scorpionp. 243
Entertainment for Intellectuals: A Woody Allen Filmographyp. 259
All These Great Minds ...p. 261
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780812694536
ISBN-10: 0812694538
Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 9th August 2004
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Co ,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.4