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Volume 61, Issue 2, Spring 2017

Special Issue: On Philosophical Education

Martin Woessner
Pages 389-398

Cosmic Cinema
On the Philosophical Films of Terrence Malick

It is well known that the American director Terrence Malick studied philosophy under Stanley Cavell and translated the work of Martin Heidegger. He eventually traded Harvard and Oxford for Hollywood, though. This essay traces Malick's evolution from budding academic philosopher to cinematic innovator. It suggests that Malick's cinematic career should be viewed as both a rejection of academic philosophy and a celebration of the examined life.

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