The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace

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Publication Date
June 2016
Page Count
264 pages
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6 x 9

The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace

Philosophical Footholds on Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life"
Jonathan Beever and Vernon W. Cisney

Amid all the controversy, criticism, and celebration of Terence Malick's award-winning film The Tree of Life, what do we really understand of it? The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace thoughtfully engages the philosophical riches of life, culture, time, and the sacred through Malick's film. This groundbreaking collection traverses the relationships among ontological, moral, scientific, and spiritual perspectives on the world, demonstrating how phenomenological work can be done in and through the cinematic medium, and attempting to bridge the gap between narrow "theoretical" works on film and their broader cultural and philosophical significance. Exploring Malick's film as a philosophical engagement, this readable and insightful collection presents an excellent resource for film specialists, philosophers of film, and film lovers alike.
About the Author

JONATHAN BEEVER is an assistant professor of ethics and digital culture in the department of philosophy and the Texts and Technology Program at the University of Central Florida.

VERNON W. CISNEY is a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Gettysburg College.

“A number of philosophers of film have written about The Tree of Life since its release, yet this collection manages to break new ground. Accessible to philosophers and non-philosophers alike, it provides several fresh takes on the meaning of the film.”
—Dan Shaw, author of Film and Philosophy and Morality and the Movies