Kevin Stoehr

Associate Professor, Humanities

Teaching Interests

Theoretical and Applied Ethics, Existentialism, and Film Studies

Research Interests

Philosophy and Film, Film Studies, and History of Philosophy

Selected Publications

Ride, Boldly Ride: History of the American Western Movie. Co-authored with Mary Lea Bandy, with Preface by Clint Eastwood (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2012).

John Ford in Focus: Essays on the Filmmaker’s Life and Work. Co-edited (with introduction) by K. L. Stoehr and Michael C. Connolly (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2008).

Nihilism in Film and Television (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006).

Jung’s Psychology as a Spiritual Practice:  A Dialogue.  By William D. Geoghegan and K. L. Stoehr.  Edited (with intro) by K. L. Stoehr (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002).

Film & Knowledge:  Essays on the Integration of Images & Ideas.  Edited (with introduction) by K. L. Stoehr (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2002).

Philosophies of Religion, Art, and Creativity:  Volume IV of the Proceedings of the 20th World Congress of Philosophy.Edited (with introduction) by K. L. Stoehr (Bowling Green, OH: Philosophy Documentation Center, 1999).

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“The A-Production Western.” Blackwell’s History of American Film, Volume II (1929-1945), eds. Roy Grundmann, Cynthia Lucia, Art Simon (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2012).

“‘By Cinematic Means Alone’: The Russell-Wartenberg-Carroll Debate.”  Film and Philosophy, Volume 15, edited by Daniel Shaw.  General Interest Edition, 2011.

“Michael Haneke and the Consequences of Radical Freedom.”  Existentialism and Contemporary World Cinema, eds. Jean-Pierre Boulé and Enda McCaffrey (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2011).

“Haneke’s Secession: Perspectivism and Anti-Nihilism in Code Unknown and Caché.”  Companion to Michael Haneke, ed. Roy Grundmann (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2010).

“Heroism, Faith, and Idealism in 7 Women and Other Films by Ford.”  John Ford in Focus: Essays on the Filmmaker’s Life and Work, edited by K. L. Stoehr and M. C. Connolly (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, Inc., printed December 2007 with official publication date of March 2008), 205-222.

2001: A Philosophical Odyssey.”  The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film, edited by Steven M. Sanders (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, November 2007), 119-134.

The Sopranos, Film Noir, and Nihilism.”  The Philosophy of TV Noir, edited by Steven M. Sanders and Aeon J. Skoble (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, November 2007), 143-159.

“Civilization amidst Wilderness: Poker, Hobbes, and Classic Westerns.”  Poker and Philosophy, edited by Eric Bronson (Chicago and La Salle, IL: Open Court Publishing, 2006), 191-201.

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

“The Artistry and Evolution of the Hollywood Western Movie.”  Invited lecture.  Sunday at the Met Series, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY.  February 2, 2014.

Associate Editor of Film and Philosophy (annual journal of the Society for the Philosophical Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts).  2007-2012.

“The Irish in John Ford’s Life and Films.”  Invited lecture.  Kennebec Historical Society.  Augusta, ME. Dec. 21, 2011.

Visiting Professor, College of General Studies Summer Humanities Program in London, Boston University International Programs.  London, UK.  May-July 2011.