Steven Spielberg and Philosophy: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Book

Has any film director had a greater impact on popular culture than Steven Spielberg Whether filming Holocaust heroes and villains, soldiers, dinosaurs, extraterrestrials, or explorers in search of the Holy Grail, Spielberg has given filmgoers some of the most memorable characters and wrenching moments in the history of cinema Whatever his subject war, cloning, slaveryHas any film director had a greater impact on popular culture than Steven Spielberg Whether filming Holocaust heroes and villains, soldiers, dinosaurs, extraterrestrials, or explorers in search of the Holy Grail, Spielberg has given filmgoers some of the most memorable characters and wrenching moments in the history of cinema Whatever his subject war, cloning, slavery, terrorism, or adventure all of Spielberg s films have one aspect in common a unique view of the moral fabric of humanity Dean A Kowalski s Steven Spielberg and Philosophy is like a remarkable 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 Applying various philosophical principles to the movies, the book explores such topics as the moral demands of parenthood in War of the Worlds the ultimate unknowability of the other in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Schindler s List the relationship between nature and morality in Jurassic Park the notion of consciousness in A.I Artificial Intelligence issues of war theory and ethics in Munich and the foundation of human rights in Amistad Impressive in scope, this volume illustrates the philosophical tenets of a wide variety of thinkers from Plato to Aquinas, Locke, and Levinas Contributors introduce readers to philosophy while simultaneously providing deeper insight into Spielberg s approach to filmmaking The essays consider Spielberg s movies using key philosophical cornerstones metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, axiology, aesthetics, and political philosophy, among others At the same time, Steven Spielberg and Philosophy is accessible to those new to philosophy, using the philosophical platform to ponder larger issues embedded in film and asking fundamental questions about the nature of cinema and how meanings are negotiated The authors contend that movies do not present philosophy rather philosophy is something viewers do while watching and thinking about films Using Spielberg s films as a platform for discussing these concepts, the authors contemplate questions that genuinely surprise the reader, offering penetrating insights that will be welcomed by film critics, philosophers, and fans alike.
Steven Spielberg and Philosophy We re Gonna Need a Bigger Book Has any film director had a greater impact on popular culture than Steven Spielberg Whether filming Holocaust heroes and villains soldiers dinosaurs extraterrestrials or explorers in search of the

  • Title: Steven Spielberg and Philosophy: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Book
  • Author: Dean A. Kowalski
  • ISBN: 9780813125275
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Steven Spielberg and Philosophy: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Book”

    1. This book is both enjoyable and thought-provoking. It not only outlines the philosophies the authors of these essays believe that Spielberg is trying to convey, but the essays critique both his effectiveness and the implications of his subliminal arguments. I had not seen many of these movies, but even so the work was worth reading.

    2. More like 3.5 stars. A real mixed bag - some excellent essays on Minority Report and Munich mixed with other essays that spent pages on rather obvious observations such as, "We tend to suspend disbelief at the movies." Wow, what a revelation

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