PHILOSOPHY OF CLINT EASTWOOD
Edited by Brian B. Clayton and Richard T. McClelland
Series Editor: Mark T. Conard
Clint Eastwood’s name is synonymous with the American movie industry.
As both an actor and director Mr. Eastwood has redefined Westerns and
detective/police procedurals. After initially gaining popularity on
television’s Rawhide, he gained international recognition as Sergio
Leone’s “Man With No Name” in the spaghetti Westerns, and continued to
reflect on the genre’s significance in several movies, up to and
including his award-winning Unforgiven in 1992. His roles as SFPD
Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan epitomized the tensions between
societal order and personal liberty in the 1970s. And his critically-
acclaimed directorial efforts in the 1990s and 2000s, such as Flags of
Our Fathers and Mystic River, have earned him critical respect and
have served to de-mythologize classic film genres like war movies and
The Philosophy of Clint Eastwood will consider Mr. Eastwood’s body of
work as actor, director and, in recent years, composer in relation to
philosophical concerns and approaches. It will introduce general
readers and intelligent non-specialists to the story lines, approach
to filmmaking and film acting, and philosophically relevant themes of
Mr. Eastwood’s storied career in television and movies. The volume
will be proposed for the University Press of Kentucky series in the
Philosophy of Popular Culture.
Essays may address particular movies, groups of movies or topics that
bridge multiple movies, for example: force and authority, violence and
society, transplanting the Western hero into contemporary society,
propaganda in times of war, jazz style and filmmaking, personal
responsibility and choice, ethics and vengeance, genre revision, law
and order in the old West, ethics of death and dying, hardboiled
detectives, issues of faith and reason, role of emotions, music and
affect, crises in psychological development, re-envisioning history,
and dealing with personal loss.
Essays should contain significant philosophical analysis and
criticism, but be written to engage the educated general reader.
Essays should be between 4,000-6,000 words in length (15-20
double-spaced typewritten pages).
Submission Guidelines: Send provisional title and one-page single-
spaced abstract of essay along with a CV to Brian B. Clayton:
Deadline for submission of abstracts is February 1, 2010. Completed
essays will be due by June 1, 2010.
Brian B. Clayton is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Gonzaga
University (Spokane, WA) and Director of the Gonzaga University Faith
and Reason Institute. Richard McClelland is Associate Professor of
Philosophy at Gonzaga University.