A FEW FAVORITE
WORK AND EDUCATION
INTERESTS IN FILM
INTERESTS IN MUSIC
WEB RESOURCES ON FILM
I currently serve as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the COLLEGE OF GENERAL STUDIES at BOSTON UNIVERSITY . I teach courses in philosophy, literature, and the arts.
I earned my Ph.D. and M. A. in the
Department of Philosophy at Boston University. My dissertation addressed
the method of dialectic and the problem of closure in Hegel's Logic.
I graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in philosophy from BOWDOIN COLLEGE as a James Bowdoin Scholar.
I was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tuebingen in Tuebingen, Germany (photos above) during the 1993-1994 academic year. Learn more about the ancient Schwabian town of TUEBINGEN (click here) Tuebingen was once home to the philosophers Hegel and Schelling and the poet Hoelderlin.
I was twice a Junior Visiting Fellow at the INSTITUTE OF HUMAN SCIENCES in Vienna, Austria. I lived there for three different semesters in Vienna (photos below). Learn more about VIENNA (click link).
From 1996 to 1998, I served as Instructor in the humanities division of the CORE CURRICULUM program at Boston University. During that period I also worked full-time as Program Administrator and Program Coordinator for the 20th WORLD CONGRESS OF PHILOSOPHY (August 1998, Boston), which was the largest assembly of philosophers ever held, with over 3000 philosophers attending from over 100 nations.
I have served as On-Line Editor and Webmaster for THE PHILOSOPHICAL CALENDAR, Vice-President of THE SOCIETY FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL STUDY OF THE CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS, and Secretary of THE CONFERENCE OF PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETIES.
My forthcoming book is tentatively titled NIHILISM IN FILM AND TELEVISION and will be published with McFarland & Co. Publishers (www.mcfarlandpub.com). It introduces the idea of nihilism as a philosophical, cultural, psychological, and moral issue and explores themes and aspects of nihilism in movies (CITIZEN KANE, WAKING LIFE, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, THE CRYING GAME, film noir classics, the major films of Stanley Kubrick, etc.) and in television (primarily THE SOPRANOS).
Forthcoming articles include "You Who Philosophize Dylan: The Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry in the Songs of Bob Dylan" and "The Ongoing Wow: WAKING LIFE and the Waltz between Detachment and Immersion," to appear in forthcoming collections in Open Court Press's Philosophy and Popular Culture Series. My essay "The Nihilistic Vision of THE SOPRANOS" has appeared in the collection THE SOPRANOS AND PHILOSOPHY with Open Court.
My article "Nihilism and Noir," which focuses on the Fritz Lang film SCARLETT STREET, has appeared in a recent issue of the journal FILM AND PHILOSOPHY (2003), edited by Daniel Shaw. My article "Kubrick and Ricoeur on Nihilistic Horror and the Symbolism of Evil" appeared in a special issue of that journal (2001). For a review of the issue and my article in particular (by film scholar Joan Hawkins), click here. My article "Cool Hand Kubrick and His Critics: Revisiting Eyes Wide Shut" appeared in Issue 1 of Cinematic: The Harvard Annual Film Review (2003).
Previously published books:
I co-wrote and edited a recently published book entitled JUNG'S PSYCHOLOGY AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AND WAY OF LIFE: A DIALOGUE (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002). The co-author is William D. Geoghegan, Emeritus Professor of Religion at Bowdoin College and my former undergraduate teacher. The book argues that Jung's psychology should not be viewed primarily as a conventional form of psychotherapy but rather as a "dynamic religious-philosophical system." Further details about the book, including table of contents and ordering info, can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
JUNG'S PSYCHOLOGY AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AND WAY OF LIFE
I have also edited a recently published collection of essays on philosophical issues in film, entitled FILM AND KNOWLEDGE: ESSAYS ON THE INTEGRATION OF IMAGES AND IDEAS (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2002). The volume contains essays by established as well as cutting-edge philosophers of film. These essays concern philosophical issues in classic and contemporary films as well as in cinematic art in general. Topics include: narrative structure and the importance of narrative unity for ethical self-understanding in films such as David Lynch's LOST HIGHWAY and Paul Schrader's AFFLICTION; consciousness and cognition in Orson Welles' CITIZEN KANE; perspectivism, ambiguity, and moral responsibility in Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMON; skepticism in Hitchcock's SUSPICION and in David Cronenberg's NAKED LUNCH; Wittensteinian language-games in relation to Neil Jordan's CRYING GAME; cognitive issues of imagination and meaning-generation in film; and a symposium on feminism and ideology. My Introduction is entitled "Integrating Images and Ideas." More details about the book, including table of contents and ordering info, can be accessed by clicking on the book cover to the left..
To see a review of the book in FILM COMMENT's on-line magazine, click here. A review of the books also appears in the journal FILM & HISTORY: click here.
I was also Associate Editor for the 12-volume series THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 20TH WORLD CONGRESS OF PHILOSOPHY and was the editor of the fourth volume in the series, PHILOSOPHIES OF RELIGION, ART, AND CREATIVITY. You can read myintroduction to the volume at the World Congress website. The volume can be ordered through the Philosophical Documentation Center. My essay "The Virtues of Circular Reasoning" appears in Volume 5 of the World Congress series (EPISTEMOLOGY, ed. Richard Cobb Stevens).
I serve as Faculty Advisor for the student-run organization that I founded at Boston University, THE FILM LOVERS AND PHILOSOPHERS SOCIETY(or FLAPS). The aim of the society is to promote the critical discussion of philosophical issues in contemporary and classic films.
Resourceful links to sites devoted to film and the critical discussion of film include SENSES OF CINEMA and FILM-PHILOSOPHY.
For a detailed listing of resourceful websites devoted to film, click here.
I am also a devoted fan of great singer-songwriters especially VAN MORRISON , LEONARD COHEN , BOB DYLAN
WEBSITES RELATED TO FILM AND PHILOSOPHY
|Writers Guild of America|
|The Virtual Film Festival|
|The Godfather Script|
|Women in Cinema: A Reference Guide|
|Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun Times|
|The Sundance Channel & Film Festival|
|Internet Screenwriters Network|
|Black Film Center Archive|
|American Film Institute Online|
|The Hollywood Reporter|
|Images A quarterly E-zine|
|Written By, the new Journal of the Writers Guild of America.|
|Mr. Showbiz Thorough film resource.|
|The Internet Movie Database|
|Film 100 Bibliographical information and more.|
|Box Office Interviews, Class Review Archive, searchable indexes, etc.|
|CameraNet from San Francisco. Reviews, informative on genres and schools also.|
|Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences|
|The Hollywood Reporter|
|Voyager Company Educated, avant-garde, eclectic.|
|Blue Mountain Classics Source for rare videotapes of classic films and TV.|
|Cinemania from Microsoft. Articles, tributes, reviews.|
|Public Shelter from Jayne Loader, co-creator of The Atomic Cafe--political and social.|
|Internet Movie Database: details on tens of thousands of movies from silent films to films in production|
|MGM The Lion's Den|
|CinemaSpace: a journal and list of resources from the Film Studies Program at the University of California at Berkeley|
|Movies and Films: hypertext links from Yahoo Entertainment|
|Feminist Film Reviews|
|All-Movie Guide Search by country, decade, and more.|
|The Film Zone|
|Film Festivals: comprehensive listing of U.S. and international festivals|
|Filmfests: an alternative list of U.S. and international festivals|
|Chicago International Film Festival|
|Movie Posters Page|
|Fade In Screenwriting resource.|
|The Directors Guild of America|
|American Movie Classics|
|Baseline Long a BBS, now a Web site|
|Filmmaker Magazine and a daily e-mail digest!|
|40,000 Years of Dreaming is a documentary written and directed by George Miller in Australia. The film argues that "movies are white men's songlines that sing us into being." The film is reviewed online by Helen Martin.|
| The Stanley Kubrick Site |
Film and Philosophy at Hanover.edu
The Film Journal
Bright Lights Film Journal
Central Europe Review
The Chicago Reader
Film Comment Magazine
The Man Who Viewed Too Much
The Onion A.V. Club
Rolling Stone - Movies
Screening the Past
Senses of Cinema
Sight & Sound
Society of Cinema Studies
Theo's Century of Movies
Wexner Center for the Arts