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KEVIN L. STOEHR

Assistant Professor of Humanities and Rhetoric

College of General Studies
Boston University
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215

kstoehr@bu.edu

A FEW FAVORITE QUOTES
WORK AND EDUCATION
STUDIES ABROAD
PROFESSION

PUBLICATIONS
INTERESTS IN FILM
INTERESTS IN MUSIC

WEB RESOURCES ON FILM

A FEW FAVORITE QUOTES

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates of Plato's Apology

"Man by nature desires to understand." Aristotle, Metaphysics
"Truth is the Whole." G.W.F. Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit

WORK AND EDUCATION

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. 

STUDIES ABROAD

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).

PRIOR PROFESSIONAL WORK

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.

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

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. 

 
PUBLICATIONS

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 my introduction 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).

INTERESTS IN FILM

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.

INTERESTS IN MUSIC

I am also a devoted fan of great singer-songwriters especially VAN MORRISON , LEONARD COHEN , BOB DYLAN, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN , and JONI MITCHELL

WEBSITES RELATED TO FILM AND PHILOSOPHY

 

bullet Writers Guild of America
bullet Film Festivals
bullet Filmfests
bullet The Virtual Film Festival
bullet The Godfather Script
bullet Coming Attractions
bullet Women in Cinema: A Reference Guide
bullet Vertigo
bullet Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun Times
bullet The Sundance Channel & Film Festival
bullet Internet Screenwriters Network
bullet Black Film Center Archive
bullet American Film Institute Online
bullet The Hollywood Reporter
bullet Images A quarterly E-zine
bullet Written By, the new Journal of the Writers Guild of America.
bullet Mr. Showbiz Thorough film resource.
bullet The Internet Movie Database
bullet Film 100 Bibliographical information and more.
bullet Box Office Interviews, Class Review Archive, searchable indexes, etc.
bullet CameraNet from San Francisco. Reviews, informative on genres and schools also.
bullet Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences
bullet The Hollywood Reporter
bullet Voyager Company Educated, avant-garde, eclectic.
bullet Blue Mountain Classics Source for rare videotapes of classic films and TV.
bullet Movietone Newsreel
bullet Cinemania from Microsoft. Articles, tributes, reviews.
bullet Public Shelter from Jayne Loader, co-creator of The Atomic Cafe--political and social.
bullet Internet Movie Database: details on tens of thousands of movies from silent films to films in production
bullet MGM The Lion's Den
bullet CinemaSpace: a journal and list of resources from the Film Studies Program at the University of California at Berkeley
bullet Movies and Films: hypertext links from Yahoo Entertainment
bullet Feminist Film Reviews
bullet All-Movie Guide Search by country, decade, and more.
bullet The Film Zone
bullet Screen Shots
bullet Film Festivals: comprehensive listing of U.S. and international festivals
bullet Filmfests: an alternative list of U.S. and international festivals
bullet Chicago International Film Festival
bullet Humphrey Bogart
bullet Movie Posters Page
bullet Fade In Screenwriting resource.
bullet The Directors Guild of America
bullet Miramax
bullet American Movie Classics
bullet Universal Pictures
bullet Film.Com
bullet Movie Clichés
bullet Baseline Long a BBS, now a Web site
bullet Filmmaker Magazine and a daily e-mail digest!
bullet 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.
bullet The Stanley Kubrick Site
http://www.alta.demon.co.uk/amk/

Stanley Kubrick
http://www.kubrickfilms.com

IMDB
http://www.imdb.com

Film and Philosophy at Hanover.edu
http://www.hanover.edu/philos/film/home.htm

The Film Journal
http://www.thefilmjournal.com/index.html

24fps
http://home.earthlink.net/%7Ecklinger/

Bright Lights Film Journal
http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/

Bubaker Awards
http://home.earthlink.net/%7Ebubakar/

Central Europe Review
http://www.ce-review.org/index.html

The Chicago Reader
http://www.chireader.com/movies/

Cinema Scope
http://insound.com/zinestand/cscope/

CityPages.com Movies
http://www.citypages.com/movies/

Deep Focus
http://www.deep-focus.com/flicker/

Drexel Theaters
http://www.drexel.net/

Film Comment Magazine
http://www.filmlinc.com/fcm/fcm.htm

FilmFestivals.com
http://www.filmfestivals.com/index.shtml

Film Philosophy
http://www.film-philosophy.com/

Film Quarterly
http://www.ucpress.edu/journals/fq/

Framework
http://www.frameworkonline.com/

Images
http://www.imagesjournal.com/index.html

Jump Cut
http://www.ejumpcut.org/

Kinoeye
http://www.kinoeye.org/

L.A. Weekly
http://www.laweekly.com/film/

The Man Who Viewed Too Much
http://www.panix.com/%7Edangelo/

Nashville Scene
http://www.nashscene.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?story=This_Week:Arts:Film

NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/movies/index.html

The Onion A.V. Club
http://www.theonionavclub.com/

Rolling Stone - Movies
http://www.rollingstone.com/mv_home/default.asp

Scope
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/film/journal/

Screening the Past
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/screeningthepast/

Senses of Cinema
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/

Sight & Sound
http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/

Society of Cinema Studies
http://www.cinemastudies.org/

Sweet Emulsion
http://www.rcnchicago.com/%7Eswtobias/

Theo's Century of Movies
http://leonardo.spidernet.net/Artus/2386/

Time Out
http://www.timeoutny.com/nowplaying/

UK Critic
http://www.ukcritic.com/

Village Voice
http://www.villagevoice.com/film/

Wexner Center for the Arts
http://www.wexarts.org/