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Author: Kimberly A Blessing; Paul Tudico
Publisher: New York : Open Court, 2013.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Blessing, Kimberly A.
Movies and the Meaning of Life : Philosophers Take on Hollywood.
New York : Open Court, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kimberly A Blessing; Paul Tudico
ISBN: 9780812698749 0812698746
OCLC Number: 865331365
Description: 1 online resource (321 pages)
Contents: Table of Contents; Acknowledgments: You Mean So Much to Us; Introduction: So. . . Why ""The Meaning of Life""?; TAKE ONE: ARE YOU FOR REAL?; 1. Deceit and Doubt: The Search for Truth in The Truman Show and Descartes's Meditations; 2. Our Place in the Cosmos: Faith and Belief in Contact; 3. The On-Going Wow: Waking Life and the Waltz between Detachment and Immersion; TAKE TWO: WHO AM I?; 4. I Am Jack's Wasted Life: Fight Club and Personal Identity; 5. It's my Heeeeaaaad!: Sex and Death in Being John Malkovich; 6. Popping It In: Gender Identity in Boys Don't Cry. 7. We All Need Mirrors to Remind Us Who We Are: Inherited Meaning and Inherited Selves in MementoTAKE THREE: AM I ALONE?; 8. The Indifferent Universe: Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors; 9. Rats in God's Laboratory: Shadowlands and the Problem of Evil; 10. Flying Without a Map: Chasing Amy and the Quest for Satisfying Relationships; TAKE FOUR: WHAT DO I WANT OUT OF LIFE?; 11. American Beauty: Look Closer; 12. Life Is Beautiful: The Lure of Evil and the Rebellion of Love; 13. The Shawshank Redemption and the Hope for Escape. 14. The Roar and the Rampage: A Tale of Revenge in Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2TAKE FIVE: HOW SHOULD I LIVE MY LIFE?; 15. Pleasantville, Aristotle, and the Meaning of Life; 16. Of Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Living Like a Hero; 17. So Tired of the Future: Free Will and Determinism in Spielberg's Minority Report; 18. Grace, Fate, and Accident in Pulp Fiction; 19. What Nietzsche Could Teach You: Eternal Return in Groundhog Day; You Mean We Have to Say Something about Ourselves?; Index.

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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 o.

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