Minerva's Night Out : Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-14
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Minerva’s Night Out presents series of essays by noted philosopher and motion picture and media theorist Noël Carroll that explore issues at the intersection of philosophy, motion pictures, and popular culture.

  • Presents a wide-ranging series of essays that reflect on philosophical issues relating to modern film and popular culture
  • Authored by one of the best known philosophers dealing with film and popular culture
  • Written in an accessible manner to appeal to students and scholars
  • Coverage ranges from the philosophy of Halloween to Vertigo and the pathologies of romantic love

Author Biography

Noël Carroll is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. A former journalist, screenwriter, and President of the American Society for Aesthetics, Carroll is the author of 16 books, including Art in Three Dimensions (2010), On Criticism (2009), The Philosophy of Motion Pictures (2008), Beyond Aesthetics (2001), A Philosophy of Mass Art (1999), and Interpreting the Moving Image (1998).

Table of Contents

Introduction (new).The Ontology of Mass Art.The Ties that Bind: Relations of Audiences to Characters in Popular Fictions.The Question of Fictional Narrators in Motion Pictures.Andy Kaufman and the Philosophy of Interpretation.Popular Philosophy and Popular Movies: The Case of Sunset Blvd (new).Modernity and the Plasticity of Perception.The Problem with Movie Stars.Vertigo and the Pathologies of Romantic Love.Sympathy for the Devil.The Grotesque Today.The Fear of Fear Itself: The Philosophy of Halloween.Psychoanalysis and the Horror Film.What Mr. Creosote Knows About Laughter.Words, Images, and Laughter.Consuming Passions: Sex and the City.Yvonne Rainer and the Recuperation of Everyday Life.The Dogma Dance Film.Philosophizing Through Film: The Case of Serence Velocity

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