Visions of Virtue in Popular Film

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1999-09-17
  • Publisher: Routledge

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By interpreting popular movies as moral parables, this book deepens our aesthetic appreciation of film as it illustrates how narratives can extend our understanding of virtue and vice.

Author Biography

Joseph Kupfer is Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University where he teaches aesthetics, medical ethics, family ethics, and philosophy of law. He has written on such topics as privacy, lying, the parent-child relationship, violence, and sports. His two books are Experience as Art (1983), and Autonomy and Social Interaction (1990). His most recent work is on the aesthetics of nature, virtue and vice, and philosophy in film.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction Visions of Virtue in Popular Filmp. 1
Film Criticism and Virtue Theoryp. 13
Virtue and Happiness in Groundhog Dayp. 35
Notesp. 58
The Work of Love in the African Queenp. 61
The Virtues of Parenthoodp. 91
Language, Community, and Evil in Rob Royp. 123
Fresh Phronesisp. 155
Character in Crisis: Reluctant Heroes in Jews and Aliensp. 187
Notesp. 220
Concluding Anglesp. 223
Indexp. 231
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