The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo And The Anxieties Of Unknowingness by Robert B. PippinThe Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo And The Anxieties Of Unknowingness by Robert B. Pippin

The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo And The Anxieties Of Unknowingness

byRobert B. Pippin

Hardcover | December 21, 2017

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On the surface, The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness, is a close reading of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece Vertigo. This, however, is a book by Robert B. Pippin, one of our most penetrating and creative philosophers, and so it is also much more. Even as he provides detailed readings of each scene in the film, and its story of obsession and fantasy, Pippin reflects more broadly on the modern world depicted in Hitchcock’s films. Hitchcock’s characters, Pippin shows us, repeatedly face problems and dangers rooted in our general failure to understand others—or even ourselves—very well, or to make effective use of what little we do understand. Vertigo, with its impersonations, deceptions, and fantasies, embodies a general, common struggle for mutual understanding in the late modern social world of ever more complex dependencies. By treating this problem through a filmed fictional narrative, rather than discursively, Pippin argues, Hitchcock is able to help us see the systematic and deep mutual misunderstanding and self-deceit that we are subject to when we try to establish the knowledge necessary for love, trust, and commitment, and what it might be to live in such a state of unknowingness.
A bold, brilliant exploration of one of the most admired works of cinema, The Philosophical Hitchcock will lead philosophers and cinephiles alike to a new appreciation of Vertigo and its meanings.
Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago.  
Title:The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo And The Anxieties Of UnknowingnessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:December 21, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Film and Philosophy
Introduction: The Issue
1. The Opening Credits
2. The Opening Chase
3. Introducing Midge
4. Gavin Elster and the Scheme
5. Ernie’s
6. Pop Leibel
7. In the Bay and in Scottie’s Apartment
8. Two Are Going Somewhere
9. Semper virens
10. Midge and Carlotta
11. The “Suicide”
12. The Coroner’s Inquest
13. Scottie’s Dream
14. Music Therapy
15. Finding Judy
16. The Transformation
17. The Revelation
28. “I Loved You So, Madeleine”
Concluding Remarks: Moral Suspension

Editorial Reviews

"Pippin's reading of considerable finesse is in the tradition of moral philosophic writing... Pippin uses Vertigo particularly to explore the state of 'unknowingness' in romantic relationships One of the many compelling ideas he explores is that any romantic relationship between two people actually involves at least six 'people' in terms of how the two are perceived by themselves and their others--as they are, as they see themselves, as they see each other... Pippin's reading makes nearly every nuance of Hitchcock's richest work clear, thought-provoking and rewarding."