Irving Singer

Irving Singer

Irving Singer is Professor of Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Singer is the author of numerous books on a diverse range of topics, but his major interests are cinema, love, sexuality, and the philosophy of George Santayana. Among his cinematic interests, he has given particular attention to the work of film directors Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir, and Orson Welles. Singer has been publishing writing on philosophy since 1951.


*"Cinematic Mythmaking: Philosophy in Film", MIT Press, forthcoming 2008.
*"Philosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up", MIT Press, forthcoming 2008.
*"Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher: Reflections on his Creativity", MIT Press, 2007.
*"Three Philosophical Filmmakers: Hitchcock, Welles, Renoir", MIT Press, 2004.
*"Explorations in Love and Sex", Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
*"Sex: A Philosophical Primer", Rowman & Littlefield, 2001; expanded edition, 2004.
*"Feeling and Imagination: The Vibrant Flux of Our Existence", Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.
*"George Santayana, Literary Philosopher", Yale University Press, 2000.
*"Reality Transformed: Film as Meaning and Technique", MIT Press, 1998.
*"Meaning in Life Volume 3: The Harmony of Nature and Spirit", Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
*"Meaning in Life Volume 2: The Pursuit of Love", Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
*"Meaning in Life Volume 1: The Creation of Value", Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
*"The Nature and Pursuit of Love: The Philosophy of Irving Singer", Prometheus Books, 1995.
*"Meaning in Life: The Creation of Value", The Free Press, 1992.
*"The Nature of Love Volume 3: The Modern World", University of Chicago Press, 1987.
*"The Nature of Love Volume 2: Courtly and Romantic", University of Chicago Press, 1984.
*"The Nature of Love Volume 1: Plato to Luther", University of Chicago Press, 1984.
*"Mozart and Beethoven: The Concept of Love in Their Operas", Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977.
*"The Goals of Human Sexuality", W.W. Norton, 1973.
*"The Nature of Love: Plato to Luther", Random House, 1966.
*"Santayana's Aesthetics: A Critical Analysis", Harvard University Press, 1957.

External links

* [ Singer's MIT home page]
* [ Irving Singer: List of publications]
* [ Singer in the "New York Review of Books"]
* [ Singer, "Santayana on Culture and Religion"]
* [ Link to MIT video of Singer discussing Ingmar Bergman]
* [ Review of Singer, "Three Philosophical Filmmakers"] , by Daniel Ross
* [ Review of Singer, "Reality Transformed"] , by Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith

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