Irving Singer

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Irving Singer (1925-2015) was a professor of philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had written on cinema (Bergman, Hitchcock, Renoir, Welles), love, sexuality, and the philosophy of George Santayana. Singer retired from MIT in 2013 after 55 years of teaching there.


  • Meaning in Life Volume 1: The Creation of Value, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
  • Meaning in Life Volume 2: The Pursuit of Love, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
  • Meaning in Life Volume 3: The Harmony of Nature and Spirit, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
  • George Santayana, Literary Philosopher, Yale University Press, 2000.
  • Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher: Reflections on his Creativity, MIT Press, 2007.
  • Cinematic Mythmaking: Philosophy in Film, MIT Press, 2008.
  • Modes of Creativity: Philosophical Perspectives, MIT Press, 2011.
Selected articles
  • "Santayana and the Photographic Image", Proceedings of the Bicentennial Symposium of Philosophy, October 1976.
  • "Santayana and the Ontology of the Photographic Image", The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Fall 1977.