Finding Ourselves at the Movies: Philosophy for a New Generation

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    Academic philosophy may have lost its audience, but the traditional subjects of philosophy-love, death, justice, knowledge, and faith-remain as compelling as ever. To reach a new generation, Paul W. Kahn argues that philosophy must take up these fundamental concerns as we find them in contemporary culture. He demonstrates how this can be achieved through a turn to popular film. Discussing such well-known movies as Forrest Gump 1994, The American President 1995, The Matrix 1999, Memento 2000, The History of Violence 2005, Gran Torino 2008, The Dark Knight 2008, The Road 2009, and Avatar 2009, Kahn explores powerful archetypes and their hold on us. His inquiry proceeds in two parts. First, he uses film to explore the nature of action and interpretation, arguing that narrative is the critical concept for understanding both. Second, he explores the narratives of politics, family, and faith as they appear in popular films. Engaging with genres as diverse as romantic comedy, slasher film, and pornography, Kahn explores the social imaginary through which we create and maintain a meaningful world. He finds in popular films a new setting for a philosophical inquiry into the timeless themes of sacrifice, innocence, rebirth, law, and love.

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    Number of Pages: 256
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9780231164382
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    Listed in: Film theory & criticism, Philosophy
    Publisher: Columbia University Press

    Books by Paul W. Kahn

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