• Drapers and Gardeners
    Film and Philosophy 24 98-119. 2020.
    This article examines Martin Heidegger's concept of conscience in Being and Time as it is manifested by the characters Don Draper from the television series Mad Men and Chauncey Gardiner in the film Being There. The article suggests that Draper hears and occasionally responds to what Heidegger terms the “call of conscience,” whereas Gardiner neither hears this call nor responds to it. Gardiner poses a problem case for Heidegger’s account of Dasein by virtue of failing to exhibit conscience. A qu…Read more
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    The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures (edited book)
    with Noël Carroll and Laura T. Di Summa
    Springer. 2019.
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    Phenomenological Preconditions of the Concept of Film-as-Philosophy
    Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology 2 (2): 171-185. 2015.
    This article surveys influential views on the topic of film-as-philosophy, principally the positions of Bruce Russell, Thomas Wartenburg, Noël Carroll, and Stephen Mulhall. Historically, this conversation has been restricted to a somewhat conservative view initiated by Russell and defended by others, according to which the film medium is fundamentally incapable of generating positive philosophical achievement in purely cinematic fashion. One of my interests is to show how the dialogue initiated …Read more
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    This interdisciplinary study explores the relevance and application of Martin Heidegger’s phenomenology to key issues in the philosophy film. It develops a comprehensive look at how Heidegger’s thought illuminates historical and contemporary problems the film medium poses to philosophers.
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    Martin Heidegger, Basic concepts of aristotelian philosophy (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (3): 405-406. 2010.
    Previously available as Volume 18 of the Gesamtausgabe [GA], this text contains a lecture course delivered by Heidegger at Marburg during the summer of 1924. Metcalf and Tanzer's translation is its first appearance in English. The editor of this volume in the Gesamtausgabe reports that only a fraction of Heidegger's original course material survives in manuscript form. As a result, much of the text does not originate from Heidegger's own hand. The bulk of it represents a transcription of the lec…Read more
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    Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (3): 405-406. 2010.
    Previously available as Volume 18 of the Gesamtausgabe [ GA], this text contains a lecture course delivered by Heidegger at Marburg during the summer of 1924. Metcalf and Tanzer's translation is its first appearance in English. The editor of this volume in the Gesamtausgabe reports that only a fraction of Heidegger's original course material survives in manuscript form. As a result, much of the text does not originate from Heidegger's own hand. The bulk of it represents a transcription of the le…Read more
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    Provides an account of philosophy adopted from Being and Time and later works of Heidegger in order to respond to key questions in the film-as-philosophy debate. I follow the school of Stanley Cavell, Robert Sinnerbrink, and Stephen Mulhall in the view that philosophy occurs in film in phenomenological ways that transcend mere argumentative discourse and logical analysis. Some of the views I counter include those of Bruce Russell and Paisley Livingston.
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    Heidegger’s Phenomenology of the Greek Gods
    Philosophy Today 56 (4): 419-433. 2012.
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    Plato's Cratylus: A Commentary (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (3): 450-451. 2012.
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    On the Concept of the Human Body in Heraclitus
    Proceedings of the Southeast Philosophy Congress. forthcoming.
    Explores how the fragments of Heraclitus might yield an implicit understanding of the human body in distinction to the soul. In the history of scholarship on Heraclitus, soul is a much better understood concept, whereas it is normally assumed that Heraclitus, along with other figures of early Greek thought, shows only the most limited comprehension of the human being in terms of bodily form or substance. In this work I sketch some different ways in which Heraclitus’ accounts of nature and huma…Read more
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    Responds to the seminal claim of Bruce Russell that films cannot present philosophical arguments. Provides a reading of The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) in order to illustrate how this film presents an environmental ethics argument. Some reference to the environmental philosophy of Holmes Rolston III as well as Martin Heidegger.