Noël Edward Carroll, distinguished professor of philosophy and one of the leading philosophers of art and aesthetics in the United States, is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the philosophy of film. His work also encompasses the philosophy of literature, the philosophy of visual arts, and social and cultural theory. A prolific author, his recent monographs include Minerva’s Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures (2013); Art in Three Dimensions (2011); Living in an Artworld (2011); On Criticism (Thinking in Action) (2008); and Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical Essays (2001). Forthcoming is A Very Short Introduction to Humour (2013). In 2011, he edited, with John Gibson, Narrative, Emotion and Insight.
Carroll has also written five documentary films, including The Last Conversation: Eisenstein’s Carmen Ballet (1998), and published more than two hundred academic articles and reviews and numerous edited or coedited collections, including The Poetics, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Narrative (2009); The Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures: An Anthology (2005), with Jinhee Choi; and Philosophy in the Twilight Zone (2009), with Lester H. Hunt. A former president of the American Society for Aesthetics and a 2002 Guggenheim winner, Carroll has been a regular contributor of journalistic reviews of dance, theatre, and film in publications such as Artforum and the Village Voice. Carroll came to the Graduate Center from Temple University in 2008 and holds a Ph.D. in cinema studies from NYU and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Minerva's Night Out: Philosophy, Pop Culture, and Moving Pictures
The author addresses the philosophical aspects of popular films and pop culture in thought-provoking essays at the intersection of the popular and the profound. He ranges across the philosophy of Halloween to psychoanalysis and the horror film, from Vertigo and the pathologies of romantic love to Andy Kaufman and the philosophies of interpretation, with wit, insight, and serious engagement.
Published October 2013
Philosophy in The Twilight Zone
Utilizing a series of essays that examine the broad philosophical concepts embedded in Rod Serling's series, The Twilight Zone, this book provides a platform for further philosophical discussion. Eminent contemporary philosophers review the show's over-arching themes and discuss of particular episodes. Philosophy in The Twilight Zone fuses popular cult entertainment with classical philosophical perspectives to unearth larger questions-from human nature to the nature of reality and beyond-that are posed in the series. Also included is substantial critical and biographical information on series creator Rob Serling.
Published May 2009
The Poetics, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Narrative
The first in a new series of books published in association with the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Noël Carroll's The Poetics, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Narrative is the first study of the philosophy of narrative in the analytic tradition. Through the examination of various narrative art forms, including painting and comics, Carroll brings together eleven articles that explore narrative, metaphysics and epistemology, character, and emotion.
Published February 2009
On Criticism (Thinking in Action)
Seventy-five percent of art critics recently reported in a poll that critically assessing works of art is the least meaningful part of their profession. But Noël Carroll claims, in his new book, that judging the value of art should instead be their prime concern. Whereas theoretical campaigns and merely adjectival appraisals should take a back seat, he argues, all critics must address the question of any artist's intentions. His humanistic perspective here takes stock of visual art, literature, and performing arts to restore the primacy of criticism and critics. =
Published October 2008