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Steven Spielberg and philosophy : we're gonna need a bigger book

Author: Dean A Kowalski
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2008.
Series: Philosophy of popular culture.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dean A. Kowalski's Steven Spielberg and Philosophy is like a conversation after a night at the movie theater, offering new insights and unexpected observations about the director's most admired films. Some of the nation's most respected philosophers investigate Spielberg's art, asking fundamental questions about the nature of humanity; cinema, and Spielberg's expression of his chosen themes." "Impressive in scope,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Steven Spielberg; Steven Spielberg; Steven Spielberg; Steven Spielberg; Steven Spielberg
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dean A Kowalski
ISBN: 9780813125275 0813125278
OCLC Number: 212844704
Description: vii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Philosophy, the filmmaker, and the human condition. The "big-little" film and philosophy: two takes on Spielbergian innocence / Gary Arms, Thomas Riley --
The recovery of childhood and the search for the absent father / Michel Le Gall, Charles Taliaferro --
Levinasian ethics of alterity: the face of the other in Spielberg's cinematic language / John W. Wright --
The paradox of fictional belief and its moral implications in Jaws / Christopher R. Trogan, Dean A. Kowalski --
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and the tragic sense of life / Timothy Dunn --
Values, virtue, and justice. What is wrong with cloning a dinosaur? Jurassic Park and nature as a source of moral authority / James H. Spence --
Is Oskar Schindler a good man? / Roger P. Ebertz --
A Spielbergian ethics of the family in Saving Private Ryan and The Color Purple / Robert R. Clewis --
Human rights, human nature, and Amistad / David Baggett, Mark W. Foreman --
Terrorism, counterterrorism, and "The story of what happens next" in Munich / Joseph J. Foy --
Realism, mind and metaphysics. Spielberg and cinematic realism / Keith Dromm --
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence: artistic indulgence or advanced inquiry? / V. Alan White --
Minority Report, Molinism, and the viability of Precrime / Dean A. Kowalski --
Appendix: Discussing five Spielberg films.
Series Title: Philosophy of popular culture.
Responsibility: edited by Dean A. Kowalski.
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