Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight: A Philosophical Exploration

New book edited by Hans Maes (Kent) and Katrien Schaubroeck (Antwerp)

Richard Linklater’s celebrated Before trilogy chronicles the love of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) who first meet up in Before Sunrise, later reconnect in Before Sunset and finally experience a fall-out in Before Midnight. Not only do these films present storylines and dilemmas that invite philosophical discussion, but philosophical discussion itself is at the very heart of the trilogy.


This book, containing specially commissioned chapters by a roster of international contributors, explores the many philosophical themes that feature so vividly in the interactions between Céline and Jesse, including:

    • the nature of love, romanticism and marriage
    • the passage and experience of time
    • the meaning of life
    • the art of conversation
    • the narrative self
    • gender
    • death

Including an interview with Julie Delpy in which she discusses her involvement in the films and the importance of studying philosophy.

More information here.