The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams

The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams

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Overview

American auteur Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams's genius for creating densely plotted scripts has won him broad commercial and critical success in TV shows such as Felicity (1998--2002), Emmy-nominated Alias (2001--2006), Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Lost (2004--2010), and the critically acclaimed Fringe (2008--2013). In addition, his direction in films such as Cloverfield (2008), Super 8 (2011), and the new Mission Impossible and Star Trek films has left fans eagerly awaiting his revival of the Star Wars franchise. As a writer, director, producer, and composer, Abrams seamlessly combines geek appeal with blockbuster intuition, leaving a distinctive stamp on all of his work and establishing him as one of Tinsel Town's most influential visionaries.

In The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams, editors Patricia L. Brace and Robert Arp assemble the first collection of essays to highlight the philosophical insights of the Hollywood giant's successful career. The filmmaker addresses a diverse range of themes in his onscreen pursuits, including such issues as personal identity in an increasingly impersonal digitized world, the morality of terrorism, bioethics, friendship, family obligation, and free will.

Utilizing Abrams's scope of work as a touchstone, this comprehensive volume is a guide for fans as well as students of film, media, and culture. The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams is a significant contribution to popular culture scholarship, drawing attention to the mind behind some of the most provocative television and movie plots of our day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813145334
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 04/28/2014
Series: Philosophy of Popular Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 380
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Patricia L. Brace is professor of art history at Southwest Minnesota State University. She has contributed to many philosophy and popular culture volumes, including Lost and Philosophy: The Island Has its Reasons, The Philosophy of Joss Whedon, and The Philosophy of David Lynch.Robert Arp is the editor of a number of books, including The Philosophy of Ang Lee and South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today, and coeditor of Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology.

Table of Contents

Introduction Patricia Brace Robert Arp 1

Scene 1 Identity Issues

"Grey Matters": Personal Identity in the Fringe Universe(s) A. P. Taylor Justin Donhauser 13

Person of Interest: The Machine, Gilles Deleuze, and a Thousand Plateaus of Identity Franklin Allaire 33

Are J. J. Abrams's "Leading Ladies" Really Feminist Role Models? Cynthia Jones 47

Scene 2 Memento Mori

The End Is Nigh: Armageddon and the Meaning of Life Found through Death Ashley Barkman 61

The Fear of Bones: On the Dread of Space and Death Jerry S. Piven Jeffrey E. Stephenson 71

Do We All Need to Get Shot in the Head? Regarding Henry, Nicholas Wolterstorff, and Ethical Transformation Adam Barkman 89

Scene 3 Moral Matters

Fringe and "If Science Can Do It, Then Science Ought to Do It" Phil Smolenski Charlene Elsby 101

An Inconsistent Triad? Competing Ethics in Star Trek into Darkness Jason T. Eberl 117

The Monster and the Mensch Randall E. Auxier 131

Scene 4 Friends and Family

Abrams, Aristotle, and Alternate Worlds: Finding Friendship in the Final Frontier Joseph J. Foy 151

Heroic Love and Its Inversion in the Parent-Child Relationship in Abrams's Star Trek Charles Taliaferro Emilie Judge-Becker 163

You Can't Choose Your Family: Impartial Morality and Personal Obligations in Alias Brendan Shea 173

Scene 5 Metaphysically Speaking

Is Abrams's Star Trek a Star Trek Film? Daniel Whiting 189

Determinism, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility in Alias Vishal Garg 205

Finding Directions by Indirection: The Island as a Blank Slate Elly Vintiadis Spyros D. Petrounakos 221

Scene 6 Your Logic Is Flawless

You Can't Change the Past: The Philosophy of Time Travel in Star Trek and Lost Andrew Fyfe 237

Rabbit's Feet, Hatches, and Monsters: Mysteries vs. Questions in J. J. Abrams's Stories Paul DiRado 255

Scene 7 Considering Cloverfield

Monsters of the World, Unite! Cloverfield, Capital, and Ecological Crisis Jeff Ewing 271

Cloverfield, Super 8, and the Morality of Terrorism Robert Arp Patricia Brace 293

Scene 8 Talkin' ?Bout a Revolution

A Place for Revolutions in Revolution? Marxism, Feminism, and the Monroe Republic Jeff Ewing 315

A Light in the Darkness: Ethical Reflections on Revolution Michael Versteeg Adam Barkman 339

Acknowledgments 359

List of Contributors 361

Index 365

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