Philosophy Through Film

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Some of the world's best-loved films can be used as springboards for examining enduring philosophical questions. Philosophy Through Film provides guidance in how to watch films with an eye for their philosophical content, helping students become familiar with key topics in all of the major areas in Western philosophy, and helping them master the techniques of philosophical argumentation.The perfect size and scope for a first course in philosophy, Philosophy Through Film assumes no prior knowledge of philosophy. It is an excellent teaching resource and learning tool, introducing students to key topics and figures in philosophy through thematic chapters, each of which is linked to one or more focus films that illustrate a philosophical problem or topic.Revised and expanded, the Second Edition features a new chapter on political philosophy, an introductory chapter explaining how to watch films philosophically, an appendix with primary readings, and the addition of five new focus films. Films examined in depth include:The MatrixVanilla SkyHilary and JackieMementoI, RobotMinority ReportCrimes and MisdemeanorsAntzEquilibriumThe Seventh SealThe RaptureLeaving Las Vegas

Author Biography

Mary M. Litch has taught Philosophy at Yale University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently Director of Academic Technology and Digital Media at Chapman University, where she also teaches Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Skepticismp. 8
Relativismp. 38
Personal Identityp. 68
Artificial Intelligencep. 92
Free Will, Determinism, and Moral Responsibilityp. 118
Ethicsp. 143
Political Philosophyp. 167
The Problem of Evilp. 188
Existentialismp. 209
Notesp. 227
Appendix: Story Lines of Films by Elapsed Timep. 236
Readings from Primary Sourcesp. 264
"Allegory of the Cave" (from The Republic)p. 266
Excerpts from A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledgep. 273
Excerpts from Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysicsp. 285
Excerpts from The Structure of Scientific Revolutionsp. 288
Excerpts from An Essay Concerning Human Understandingp. 292
Excerpts from A Treatise of Human Naturep. 298
Excerpts from "Computing Machinery and Intelligence"p. 305
Excerpts from "Minds, Brains, and Programs"p. 311
Excerpts from an Enquiry Concerning Human Understandingp. 317
Excerpts from "Existentialism is a Humanism "p. 327
Excerpts from Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Moralsp. 336
Excerpts from Utilitarianismp. 343
Excerpts from Leviathanp. 348
Excerpts from On Libertyp. 355
Excerpts from On Free Choice of the Willp. 362
"The Myth of Sisyphus"p. 367
Indexp. 370
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The author takes us to a different side of philosophy in this book. Very interesting book. Also the price is great. I am giving this 5 stars because of the price.
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