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The Philosophy of Horror: Or, Paradoxes of the Heart

The Philosophy of Horror: Or, Paradoxes of the Heart Description:

Noel Carroll film scholar and philosopher offers the first serious look at the aesthetics of horror In this book he discusses the nature and narrative structures of the genre dealing with horror as a transmedia phenomenon A fan and serious student of the horror genre Carroll brings to bear his comprehensive knowledge of obscure and forgotten works as well as of the horror masterpieces Working from a philosophical perspective he tries to account for how people can find pleasure in having their wits scared out of them What after all are those paradoxes of the heart that make us want to be horrified

Rating: 3.38 out of 5

Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction Description:

em Philosophy of Art em is a textbook for undergraduate students interested in the topic of philosophical aesthetics br It introduces the techniques of analytic philosophy as well as key topics such as the representational theory of art formalism neo formalism aesthetic theories of art neo Wittgensteinism the Institutional Theory of Art as well as historical approaches to the nature of art br Throughout abstract philosophical theories are illustrated by examples of both traditional and contemporary art including frequent reference to the avant garde in this way enriching the readers understanding of art theory as well as the appreciation of art br Unique features of the textbook are br chapter summaries br summaries of major theories of art and suggested analyses of the important categories used when talking and thinking of art br annotated suggested readings at the ends of chapters br br Also available in this series br em Epistemology em Pb br em Ethics em Pb br em Metaphysics em Pb X br em Philosophy of Mind em Pb br em Philosophy of Religion em Pb

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

Humour: A Very Short Introduction

Humour: A Very Short Introduction Description:

Humour is a universal feature of human life It has been discovered in every known human culture and thinkers have discussed it for over two thousand years In this i Very Short Introduction i Noel Carroll considers the nature and value of humour from its leading theories and its relation to emotion and cognition to ethical questions of its morality and its significance in shaping society br br About the Series br Oxford s Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects from Islam to Sociology Politics to Classics Literary Theory to History and Archaeology to the Bible Not simply a textbook of definitions each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative yet always balanced and complete discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field Every i Very Short Introduction i gives a readable evolution of the subject in question demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society Eventually the series will encompass every major academic discipline offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader the i Very Short Introductions i series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable br

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

On Criticism

On Criticism Description:

In a recent poll of practicing art critics percent reported that rendering judgments on artworks was the least significant aspect of their job This is a troubling statistic for philosopher and critic Noel Carroll who argues that that the proper task of the critic is not simply to describe or to uncover hidden meanings or agendas but instead to determine what is of value in art br br Carroll argues for a humanistic conception of criticism which focuses on what the artist has achieved by creating or performing the work Whilst a good critic should not neglect to contextualize and offer interpretations of a work of art he argues that too much recent criticism has ignored the fundamental role of the artist s intentions br br Including examples from visual performance and literary arts and the work of contemporary critics Carroll provides a charming erudite and persuasive argument that evaluation of art is an indispensable part of the conversation of life

Rating: 3.42 out of 5

The Philosophy of Motion Pictures

The Philosophy of Motion Pictures Description:

i Philosophy of Motion Pictures i is a first of its kind bottom up introduction to this bourgeoning field of study Topics include film as art medium specificity defining motion pictures representation editing narrative emotion and evaluation br br Clearly written and supported with a wealth of examples br br Explores characterizations of key elements of motion pictures the shot the sequence the erotetic narrative and its modes of affective address

Rating: 3.54 out of 5

Theories of Art Today

Theories of Art Today Description:

What is art The contributors to i Theories of Art Today i address the assertion that the term art no longer holds meaning They explore a variety of issues including aesthetic and institutional theories of art feminist perspectives on the philosophy of art the question of whether art is a cluster concept and the relevance of tribal art to philosophical aesthetics Contributors to this book include such distinguished philosophers and historians as Arthur Danto Joseph Margolis and George Dickie

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

A Philosophy of Mass Art

A Philosophy of Mass Art Description:

We live in a world surrounded by mass art Movies TV pulp literature comics rock music both broadcast and recorded surround us everywhere Yet despite the fact that for the majority of people mass art supplies the primary source of aesthetic experience the area has been neglected entirely by analytical philosophers of art br In this pathbreaking new book a leading philosopher of art provides an accessible and wide ranging look at the topic Noel Carroll shows why philosophers have previously resisted and or misunderstood mass art and he develops frameworks for understanding the relation of mass art to the emotions morality and ideology He also discusses the major theories of such pivotal figures as Collingwood Adorno Benjamin McCluhan and Fiske Mixing conceptual analysis with many vivid examples Carroll forges the first significant attempt at a philosophy of mass art concluding that there are strong grounds for approaching mass art in the same fashion as high art br

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

Mystifying Movies: Fads & Fallacies In Contemporary Film Theory

Mystifying Movies: Fads & Fallacies In Contemporary Film Theory Description:

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Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Philosophy in the Twilight Zone

Philosophy in the Twilight Zone Description:

Utilizing a series of essays examining the broad philosophical concepts embedded in Rod Serling s series i The Twilight Zone i b i Philosophy in The Twilight Zone i b provides a platform for further philosophical discussion br br br Features essays by eminent contemporary philosophers concerning the over arching themes in i The Twilight Zone i as well as in depth discussions of particular episodes Fuses popular cult entertainment with classical philosophical perspectives Acts as a guide to unearthing larger questions from human nature to the nature of reality and beyond posed in the series Includes substantial critical and biographical information on series creator Rob Serling

Rating: 3.42 out of 5

Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures: An Anthology

Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures: An Anthology Description:

Designed for classroom use this authoritative anthology presents key selections from the best contemporary work in philosophy of film br br br The featured essays have been specially chosen for their clarity philosophical depth and consonance with the current move towards cognitive film theory Eight sections with introductions cover topics such as the nature of film film as art documentary cinema narration and emotion in film film criticism and film s relation to knowledge and morality Issues addressed include the objectivity of documentary films fear of movie monsters and moral questions surrounding the viewing of pornography Replete with examples and discussion of moving pictures throughout

Rating: 3.31 out of 5