Seeing the Light : Exploring Ethics Through Movies

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-05
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Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies is an engaging and innovative approach to the study of philosophy and the development of moral reasoning skills. Features broad coverage of topics in ethics and moral reasoning Offers an innovative and imaginative approach to showing relevance of movies for ethical reflection Draws on a diverse selection of popular movies, foreign films, and documentaries to illustrate ethical dilemmas and character development on the big screen that has application to our lives Presents coverage of major ethical theories ranging from Ethical Egoism and Cultural Relativism to Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Rawls Justice Theory, Aristotles Virtue Ethics, and Feminist Ethics Demonstrates how film is a powerful vehicle for sharpening skills in analysis and moral reasoning

Author Biography

Wanda Teays is a professor of philosophy and ethics at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, where she is also Chair of the Philosophy Department. She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on ethics, global justice, and critical reasoning, including Bioethics and Culture; Bioethics, Justice, and Health Care; and Second Thoughts: Critical Thinking for a Diverse Society.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introduction to the Textp. 1
Where We Go From Herep. 5
Structure of the Textp. 6
Works Citedp. 7
Online Resourcesp. 7
The Human Conditionp. 9
Introduction to Unit 1p. 11
Tools for the Journeyp. 14
Aristotle's Poetics and the Six Components of a Moviep. 15
Works Citedp. 21
Authenticityp. 22
The Ethical Framework: Existential Philosophyp. 23
SPOTLIGHT: Groundhog Dayp. 24
SPOTLIGHT: Up in the Airp. 30
Short Takes: Revolutionary Roadp. 36
Outtakes: Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Paulain (Amélie)p. 37
Short Takes: The Visitorp. 3 8
Outtakes: Alice and Midnight in Parisp. 39
Works Citedp. 40
Online Resourcesp. 41
Discussion Questionsp. 42
Personal Identityp. 43
SPOTLIGHT: Avatarp. 45
SPOTLIGHT: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatump. 48
Short Takes: All of Mep. 52
Short Takes: Bigp. 55
Short Takes: Prelude to a Kissp. 55
Outtakes: The Unmistaken Childp. 57
Outtakes: Lât Den Rätte Kama In (Let the Right One In)p. 58
Outtakes: Being John Malkovich and Mementop. 58
Works Citedp. 59
Online Resourcesp. 60
Discussion Questionsp. 61
Autonomy and Libertyp. 62
SPOTLIGHT: Million Dollar Babyp. 64
SPOTLIGHT: District 9p. 67
SPOTLIGHT: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Daysp. 73
5^orf Takes: The Shawshank Redemptionp. 75
Outtakes: The Soloistp. 77
Outtakes: K-19: The Widowmakerp. 77
Outtakes: Yogen (Premonition)p. 78
Work Citedp. 79
Online Resourcesp. 80
Discussion Questionsp. 81
Courage and Inner Strengthp. 32
SPOTLIGHT: The Hurt Lockerp. 85
SPOTLIGHT: The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Dayp. 88
SPOTLIGHT: El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth)p. 91
Short Takes: Die Hardp. 95
Outtakes: Dirty Pretty Thingsp. 97
Outtakes: Thunderheartp. 93
Works Citedp. 99
Online Resourcesp. 99
Discussion Questionsp. 100
Ethical Theoryp. 101
Introduction to Unit 2p. 103
Moral Agencyp. 104
Applying the Theoriesp. 105
Works Citedp. 115
Online Resourcesp. 115
Discussion Questionsp. 116
Ethical Egoismp. 117
The Ethical Framework: Ethical Egoismp. 119
SPOTLIGHT: What About Bob?p. 121
SPOTLIGHT: The Proposalp. 125
Short Takes: Cluelessp. 128
Outtakes: The Social Networkp. 130
Outtakes: The Purple Rose of Cairop. 131
Outtakes: Solitary Manp. 132
Outtakes: Ghost Townp. 133
Works Citedp. 133
Online Resourcesp. 134
Discussion Questionsp. 134
Cultural Relativismp. 134
We Ethical Framework: Cultural Relativismp. 136
SPOTLIGHT: Witnessp. 138
SPOTLIGHT: Gran Torinop. 140
SPOTLIGHT: Mutluluk (Bliss)p. 142
Short Takes: Boyz N the Hoodp. 144
Short Takes: The Godfatherp. 145
Outtakes: The Namesakep. 147
Works Citedp. 148
Online Resourcesp. 149
Discussion Questionsp. 149
Utilitarianismp. 150
The Ethical Framework: Utilitarianismp. 151
SPOTLIGHT: Outbreakp. 153
SPOTLIGHT: Minority Reportp. 155
Short Takes: The Manchurian Candidatep. 158
Short Takes: Torchwood: Children of Earthp. 159
Short Takes: Secrecyp. 160
Outtakes: Star Chamberp. 162
Outtakes: Inceptionp. 163
Works Citedp. 165
Online Resourcesp. 166
Discussion Questionsp. 166
Kantian Ethicsp. 167
The Ethical Framework: Kantian Ethicsp. 169
SPOTLIGHT: Menp. 171
SPOTLIGHT: The Truman Showp. 176
SPOTLIGHT: School of Rockp. 178
Short Takes: La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) Cautiva (Captive)p. 180
Short Takes: Jean de Florette and Manon of the Springp. 182
Outtakes: Shattered Glassp. 183
Works Citedp. 184
Online Resourcesp. 185
Discussion Questionsp. 185
Rawls' Justice Theoryp. 186
The Ethical Framework: Rawls' "Justice As Fairnessöp. 188
SPOTLIGHT: My Cousin Vinnyp. 190
SPOTLIGHT: The Accused and The Brave Onep. 193
Short Takes: Michael Claytonp. 197
Short Takes: John Qp. 199
Short Takes: Stand and Deliverp. 201
Outtakes: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes)p. 203
Outtakes: Food, Inc. and Darwin's Nightmarep. 204
Works Citedp. 205
Online Resourcesp. 205
Discussion Questionsp. 206
Aristotle's Virtue Ethicsp. 207
The Ethical Framework: Aristotle's Virtue Ethicsp. 208
SPOTLIGHT: The Insiderp. 210
SPOTLIGHT: To Kill a Mockingbirdp. 214
Short Takes: Idiocracyp. 218
Short Takes: Lethal Weapon 2p. 219
Outtakes: Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and Taxi to the Dark Sidep. 220
Works Citedp. 223
Online Resourcesp. 223
Discussion Questionsp. 224
Feminist Ethicsp. 225
The Ethical Framework: Feminist Ethicsp. 226
SPOTLIGHT: Pleasantvillep. 230
SPOTLIGHT: The Islandp. 234
Short Takes: Terminator 2: Judgment Dayp. 237
Short Takes: Secrets and Liesp. 239
Outtakes: Saltp. 240
Works Citedp. 241
Online Resourcesp. 242
Discussion Questionsp. 242
Ethical Dilemmasp. 245
Introduction to Unit 3p. 247
Works Citedp. 251
Online Resourcesp. 251
Confronting the Dilemmap. 253
Setting Up the Dilemmap. 254
SPOTLIGHT: Fargop. 258
SPOTLIGHT: Vitusp. 263
Short Takes: Fearless and The Sweet Hereafterp. 265
Short Takes: The Fabulous Baker Boys and Crazy Heartp. 267
Outtakes: Junop. 268
Outtakes: Slumdog Millionairep. 268
Works Citedp. 269
Online Resourcesp. 269
Discussion Questionsp. 270
Encountering Evilp. 271
SPOTLIGHT: Silence of the Lambsp. 274
SPOTLIGHT: The Dark Knight and The Empire Strikes Backp. 277
SPOTLIGHT: Wizard of Ozp. 280
Short Takes: Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)p. 283
Short Takes: The Matrixp. 284
Outtakes: Fanny and Alexanderp. 285
Outtakes: Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog)p. 285
Work Citedp. 287
Online Resourcesp. 288
Discussion Questionsp. 288
Impact of Perspectivep. 289
Assessing the Impact of Diverse Perspectivesp. 290
Frames of Referencep. 291
SPOTLIGHT: House of Sand and Fogp. 292
SPOTLIGHT: 21 Gramsp. 295
SPOTLIGHT: Powwow Highwayp. 298
Short Takes: Så som i himmele (As it is in Heaven)p. 302
Outtakes: Mississippi Masalap. 304
Outtakes: Paradise Nowp. 304
Works Citedp. 305
Online Resourcesp. 305
Discussion Questionsp. 306
Reflecting on Ethical Decisionsp. 307
Ethical Reflectionp. 308
SPOTLIGHT: Touching the Voidp. 311
SPOTLIGHT: Sleep Dealerp. 315
Short Takes: Thelma & Louisep. 318
Short Takes: The Verdictp. 320
Short Takes: North Countryp. 321
Outtakes: Efter brylluppe (After the Wedding)p. 324
Works Citedp. 325
Online Resourcesp. 325
Discussion Questionsp. 326
Conclusion and Sourcesp. 327
Conclusion to the Textp. 329
Work Citedp. 332
Reading Listp. 333
Contemporary Moral Problemsp. 335
Official Websitesp. 338
Indexp. 344
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