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Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy: How to Philosophize with a Pair of Pliers and a Blowtorch (Popular Culture and Philosophy) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Greene , K. Silem Mohammad

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The films of Quentin Tarantino are ripe for philosophical speculation, raising compelling questions about justice and ethics, violence and aggression, the nature of causality, and the flow of time. In this witty collection of articles, no subject is too taboo for the writers to tackle. From an aesthetic meditation on the use of spraying blood in Kill Bill to the conundrum of translation and reference in Vincent and Jules' discussion about French Big Macs in Pulp Fiction, Tarantino and Philosophy shies away from nothing. Is The Bride a heroic figure, even though she’s motivated solely by revenge? How is Tarantino able to create a coherent story when he jumps between past, future, and present? The philosophers in this book take on those questions and more in essays as provocative as the films themselves.

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About the Author

Richard Greene is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Weber State University and co-editor of The Golden Compass and Philosophy; God Bites the Dust (2009). K. Silem Mohammad is Associate Professor of English and Writing at Southern Oregon University and author of several books of poetry including The Front (2009) and Breathalyzer (2008). Greene and Mohammad also co-edited Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy; How to Philosophize with a Pair of Pliers and a Blowtorch (2007).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court; 1st edition (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003S3RL6M
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entry in the Series 31 Dec. 2007
By Melanie Ivanoff - Published on
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I am a big fan of the "popular culture and Philosophy" series and I own about eight volumes. This is one of the best in the series. I read these books, both to expand my knowledge of specific philosophers and their theories and ideas as well as to peek at the depths of meaning in some of my favorite works. The decent books in the series will have essays that say "here's a philosopher, here's his idea, this is how it applies to the work in question". which is fine for the first reason i read these books. The really good books in the series have essays that say "here's some things that happen in the work, this is how it illustrates the theme of the work, here's how it relates to the big questions of life, here's how it defends/opposes this philosopher's work". That is precisely what all the essays in this volume do. Whether analyzing Kill Bill as a modern retelling of Oedipus by way of female empowerment, discussing the structure of Pulp Fiction as an analysis of the compartmentalization of time, or using the crooks of Reservoir Dogs to compare group morality, all of the essays truly elucidate Tarantino's movies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the book. i'm a big tarantino fan & read it in 1 day 7 May 2010
By S. Riley - Published on
I really enjoyed this book. i'm a big tarantino fan & read the book in one day. I didn't even know it existed until 2 years after its publication. It was even better than i thought it would be. it's well written, humorous & a must-have for tarantino fans, even if you're not that much into philosophy itself.

Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From questions of miracles and self-destructive revenge to how characters in his films are doomed 9 May 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Any who love Quentin Tarantino should find the reflections of some seventeen philosophers on his art to be thought-provoking. From questions of miracles and self-destructive revenge to how characters in his films are doomed, this survey is fast-paced and thought-provoking - and perfect for high school classroom date by any who have viewed Tarantino's films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 19 Jun. 2010
By Daniel Losoya - Published on
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Thought provokingly awesome book. One of the best i have read in a long while! You gotta be into this kinda thing though. If you dont LOVE philosophy, save your money. If you are one of us who do enjoy it, you will absolutely LOVE it!
4.0 out of 5 stars a little less talk, a little more rock please 14 Mar. 2010
By Matthew Specht - Published on
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The book is what you'd think it would be: a fascinating look at the films of Quentin Tarantino. What I was disappointed in was the focus on the "Kill Bill" movies. I would like to have seen a greater variety of his movies. This might have had something to do with a poet (who I think I've met) being one of the editors.
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