Woody Allen and Philosophy: You Mean My Whole Fallacy is Wrong?

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Mark T. Conard, Aeon J. Skoble
Open Court, 2004 - Performing Arts - 269 pages
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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.

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Review: Woody Allen and Philosophy: [You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?] (Popular Culture and Philosophy #8)

User Review  - Art - Goodreads

These essays are only readable because they constantly quote, cite and refer to Allen's own words and ideas. He's a better philosopher than any of these people; just watch the movies! Read full review

Review: Woody Allen and Philosophy: [You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?] (Popular Culture and Philosophy #8)

User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

As with most collections of essays, this on is a bit hit and miss but mostly hit. Erudite without being overly academic, these authors make approachable connections between Allen's films and ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Mark T. Conard is assistant professor of philosophy at Marymount College. He is the series editor of The Philosophy of Popular Culture series and the editor of numerous books, including "The Philosophy of Film Noir," "The Philosophy of Neo-Noir," and "The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese,"

Aeon J. Skoble, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department at Bridgewater State College, is coeditor of Woody Allen and Philosophy and The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer.

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