Movies and the Meaning of Life Philosophers Take on Hollywood

ISBN-10: 0812695755

ISBN-13: 9780812695755

Edition: 2005

Authors: Kimberly A. Blessing, Paul J. Tudico

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"The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions," said Albert Camus. And philosopher Woody Allen has wondered: "How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?" Claims about what gives life meaning have not only been analyzed by philosophers but by the primary mythmakers in contemporary culture: Hollywood filmmakers. Movies and the Meaning of Life shows how a wide variety of films have tackled - to sometimes hilarious, sometimes surprisingly pointed effect - the same questions that have obsessed the deep thinkers. These essays draw on such sources as The Truman Show and Contact to explore the nature of reality; Fight Club and Being John Malkovich for cogent lessons on finding one's true identity; American Beauty and The Shawshank Redemption for pointers on life's purpose; Pleasantville and Spiderman for nuggets of wisdom on how to live one's life; and more.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Purple Bear Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments: You Mean So Much to Us
Introduction: So ... Why "The Meaning of Life"?
Are You For Real?
The Truman Show
Deceit and Doubt: The Search For Truth in The Truman Show and Descartes's Meditations
Our Place in the Cosmos: Faith and Belief in Contact
Waking Life
The On-Going Wow: Waking Life and The Waltz Between Detachment and Immersion
Who Am I?
Fight Club
I Am Jack's Wasted Life: Fight Club and Personal Identity
Being John Malkovich
It's my Heeeeaaaad!: Sex and Death in Being John Malkovich
Boys Don't Cry
Popping It In: Gender Identity in Boys Don't Cry
We All Need Mirrors to Remind Us Who We Are: Inherited Meaning and Inherited Selves in Memento
Am I Alone?
Crimes and Misdemeanors
The Indifferent Universe: Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors
Rats In God's Laboratory: Shadowlands and The Problem of Evil
Chasing Amy
Flying Without a Map: Chasing Amy and The Quest For Satisfying Relationships
What Do I Want Out of Life?
American Beauty
American Beauty: Look Closer
Life Is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful: The Lure of Evil and the Rebellion of Love
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption and The Hope For Escape
Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2
The Roar and the Rampage: A Tale of Revenge in Kill Bill Volumes I and II
How Should I Live My Life?
Pleasantville, Aristotle, and the Meaning of Life
Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2
Of Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Living Like a Hero
Minority Report
So Tired of the Future: Freedom and Determinism in Minority Report
Pulp Fiction
Grace, Fate, and Accident in Pulp Fiction
Groundhog Day
What Nietzsche Could Teach You: Eternal Recurrence in Groundhog Day
You Mean We Have to Say Something About Ourselves?
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