June 26, 2007
The philosophy of the westernA glance at the current issue of Philosophy Now: The philosophy of the western
When he was a child, films and television shows in the western genre seemed all about "the triumph of good over evil," writes Thomas Wartenberg. Now, though, as a professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke College, he realizes that the western is also a philosophical assessment of social development in the United States.
Westerns take place at a specific time in history: shortly after the Civil