The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman

The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman

The Philosophy of Popular Culture

Edited by David LaRocca

Contributions by Samuel A. Chambers, Mario von der Ruhr, David LaRocca, Chris Falzon, Douglas J. Den Uyl, David LaRocca, K. L. Evans, Daniel C. Shaw, Richard Deming, William Patrick Day, Garry L. Hagberg, Greg Ganssle, David L. Smith and Derek Hill

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

344 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813133911
  • Published: May 2011


  • Paperback
  • 9780813176215
  • Published: July 2019



From the Academy Award-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Academy Award-nominated Adaptation (2002) to the cult classic Being John Malkovich (1999), screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is widely admired for his innovative, philosophically resonant films. Although he also began directing with Synecdoche, New York in 2008, most fans and critics refer to "Kaufman films" the way they would otherwise discuss works by directors such as Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, or the Coen brothers. In this respect, not only has Kaufman transformed our sense of what can take place in a film, he has also made a significant impact on our understanding of the role of the screenwriter. The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman, edited by David LaRocca, is the first collection of essays devoted to a rigorous philosophical exploration of Kaufman's work by a team of capable and critical scholars from a wide range of disciplines. From political theorists to philosophers, classicists to theologians, professors of literature to practicing filmmakers, the contributing authors delve into the heart of Kaufman's innovative screenplays and films, offering not only original philosophical analyses but also extended reflections on the nature of film and film criticism. The paperback edition appears with a new preface by the editor.