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The Philosophy of Neo-Noir
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Mark T. Conard, assistant professor of philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, is the editor or coeditor of many books, including The Philosophy of Film Noir and The Simpsons and Philosophy.

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Much has been written about neo-noir's distinction from classic noir, the continuous presence of the femme fatale, and neo-noir's connection with horror films, but the 13 new essays in this anthology edited by Conard (philosophy, Marymount Manhattan Coll.; editor, The Philosophy of Film Noir) rejuvenate the discussion. Appropriately, John Locke's explanation of personal identity and Jean-Paul Sartre's theory of existentialism are invoked in examining the amnesiac protagonist who tries to make sense of a contingent world in Memento. Other essayists delve into Immanuel Kant's Critique of Practical Reason and Plato's ethics concerning justice and virtuosity to dissect the morally ambiguous characters in The Onion Field, A Simple Plan, and Hard Eight or refer to Jean-Fran?ois Lyotard's concepts on postmodern ethics and values and Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy of nihilism in their analyses of the allusive and playful worlds of such neo-noir filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers. Conard and his contributors see to it that these essays are accessible to nonacademic readers. Strongly recommended for public libraries and for academic libraries with a film or philosophy department.-Victor Or, Vancouver & Surrey P.L., B.C. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"A refreshing, entertaining collection of essays, this book clearly and concisely defines traditional philosophical thought through examples from neo-noir films. Highly recommended." - Choice "Much has been written about neo-noir's distinction from classic noir, the continuous presence of the femme fatale, and neo-noir's connection with horror films, but the thirteen new essays in this anthology rejuvenate the discussion." - Library Journal"

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