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  • The Philosophy of the Coen Brothersby Mark T. Conard

    The University Press of Kentucky 2009; US$ 19.95

    Many critics agree that Joel and Ethan Coen are one of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmaking teams of the last three decades. Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, irony, and often brutal violence, the Coen brothers have crafted a style of filmmaking that pays tribute to classic American movie genres yet maintains a distinctly postmodern... more...

  • The Philosophy of Neo-Noirby Mark T. Conard

    The University Press of Kentucky 2007; US$ 19.95

    Film noir--a cycle of American films from the 1940s and '50s--is characterized not only by a constant opposition of light and shadow and a disruptive compositional balance of frames and scenes, but also by dark, foreboding characters and plots and an overriding sense of alienation and moral ambiguity. Noir films reflect the sense of loss, fragmentation,... more...

  • The Philosophy of Spike Leeby Mark T. Conard

    The University Press of Kentucky 2011; US$ 45.00

    Over his twenty-plus year tenure in Hollywood, Spike Lee has produced a number of controversial films that unapologetically confront sensitive social issues, particularly those of race relations and discrimination. Through his honest portrayals of life's social obstacles, he challenges the public to reflect on the world's problems and divisions. The... more...

  • The Philosophy of Martin Scorseseby Mark T. Conard

    The University Press of Kentucky 2007; US$ 19.95

    In The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese, an impressive cast of contributors explores the complex themes and philosophical underpinnings of Martin Scorsese's films. One of the most significant filmmakers in the history of American cinema, Scorsese is the creative force behind films such as GoodFellas, Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Aviator,... more...

  • The Philosophy of Film Noirby Mark T. Conard

    The University Press of Kentucky 2005; US$ 24.95

    From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to Touch of Evil (1958), the classic film noir is easily recognizable for its unusual lighting, sinister plots, and feeling of paranoia. For critics and fans alike, these films defined an era. The Philosophy of Film Noir explores philosophical themes and ideas inherent in classic noir and neo-noir films, establishing... more...

  • The Simpsons and Philosophyby William Irwin; Mark T. Conard; Aeon J. Skoble

    Open Court 2001; US$ 17.95

    This unconventional and lighthearted introduction to the ideas of the major Western philosophers examines The Simpsons TV?s favorite animated family. The authors look beyond the jokes, the crudeness, the attacks on society and see a clever display of irony, social criticism, and philosophical thought. The writers begin with an examination of the... more...

  • Woody Allen and Philosophyby Mark T. Conard; Aeon J. Skoble; Tom Morris; William Irwin

    Open Court 2011; US$ 17.95

    Woody Allen?comedian, writer, director, actor, musician, and deep thinker?is clearly trying to tell us something, but what? And why should we care? Fifteen philosophers representing different viewpoints give us their answers, focussing on different Woody Allen works and varied aspects of his multifaceted output. Everyone who wears glasses, and... more...

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