Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy
How to Philosophize with a Pair of Pliers and a Blowtorch
Edited by Richard Greene and K. Silem Mohammad
Volume 29 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series
In Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy, seventeen professional thinkers shamelessly exploit the cinematic achievement of Tarantino for all the steamy, sensational metaphysics and epistemology they can wring out of it.
Are these eruptions of intelligent thought merely a cynical hypnotic manipulation of our cerebral cortexes? Or can we somehow relate them to the human values that really matter—pyrotechnic car chases, Mexican standoffs, and exploding heads?
Is the philosophers' preoccupation with quoting other philosophers nothing more than incestuous indulgence? Or are they somehow conveying a deeper point about the enduring validity of amputated ears and anal rape?
In the final analysis only you, the viewer, can decide.
"With Tarantino and Philosophy, it's the little differences, like having your Royale with cheese dissected by a grease monkey with a blowtorch. It's so bad, it's good."
—Del Harvey, publisher of FilmMonthly.com
"Quentin Tarantino and the films he makes have sparked hours of heated debates about whether he has something to say or simply repeats what he's heard. Tarantino and Philosophysettles the question once and for all, in a supercool book that's more fun than a Mexican standoff."
—Josef Steiff, author of The Complete Idiot's Guid to Independent Filmmaking
"If you love Quentin Tarantino then you should check out the big brains on these seventeen philosophers. Their insights into the great filmmaker will allow you to see his films with new eyes.
—John Collins, professor of philosophy at East Carolina University
Richard Greene is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Weber State University and co-editor (with Peter Vernezze) of The Sopranos and Philosophy: I Kill Therefore I Am (2004). K. Silem Mohammad teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Southern Oregon University, publishes the limetree poetry blog, and has authored three volumes of poetry. Greene and Mohammad also edited The Undead and Philosophy: Chicken Soup for the Soulless (2006).