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Cowboy Metaphysics: Ethics and Death in Westerns

Cowboy Metaphysics: Ethics and Death in Westerns (Paperback)

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For many of us, the image of the cowboy hero facing off against the villain dominates our memories of the movies. Peter French examines the world of the western, one in which death is annihilation, the culmination of life, and there is nothing else. In that world he finds alternatives to Judeo-Christian traditions that dominate our ethical theories, alternatives that also attack the views of the most prominent ethicists of the past three centuries. More than just a meditation on the portrayal of the good, the bad, and the ugly on the big screen, French's work identifies an attitude toward life that he claims is one of the most distinctive and enduring elements of American culture.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticism Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 23/10/1997 ISBN-13: 9780847686711  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Peter A. French holds the Cole Chair in Ethics and is professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida. He is the cofounder and senior editor of Midwest Studies in Philosophy and editor of The Journal of Social Philosophy.

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