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Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies

Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies

Damian Cox, Michael Levine

ISBN: 978-1-444-34382-3 July 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 244 Pages

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Description

An introduction to philosophy through film, Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies combines the exploration of fundamental philosophical issues with the experience of viewing films, and provides an engaging reading experience for undergraduate students, philosophy enthusiasts and film buffs alike.
  • An in-depth yet accessible introduction to the philosophical issues raised by films, film spectatorship and film-making
  • Provides 12 self-contained, close discussions of individual films from across genres
  • Films discussed include Total Recall, Minority Report, La Promesse, Funny Games, Ikuru, The Dark Knight, Memento, AI and more
  • Explores concepts that span epistemology, metaphysics, fate, choice, robot love, time travel, personal identity, spectacle, ethics, luck, regret, consequentialism, deontology and the philosophy of film itself
  • A uniquely flexible resource for courses in philosophy and film that encourages student reflection, as well as being an engaging read for the film enthusiast
Preface vii

Acknowledgments x

Part I Philosophy and Film 1

1 Why Film and Philosophy? 3

2 Philosophy and Film Spectatorship 23

Part II Epistemology and Metaphysics 47

3 Knowing What's What in Total Recall 49

4 Ontology and The Matrix 65

5 It's All in the Mind: AI Artifi cial Intelligence and Robot Love 79

6 La Jetée and the Promise of Time Travel 98

Part III The Human Condition 113

7 Fate and Choice: The Philosophy of Minority Report 115

8 Personal Identity: The Case of Memento 132

9 The Spectacle of Horror: Funny Games 147

10 Looking for Meaning in All the Wrong Places: Ikiru ("To Live") 170

Part IV Ethics and Values 189

11 Crimes and Misdemeanors and the Fragility of Moral Motivation 191

12 The Lives of Others: Moral Luck and Regret 209

13 The Dark Knight: Batman on Deontology and Consequentialism 228

14 Dangerous Childhood: La Promesse and the Possibility of Virtue 245

Index 265

  • An in-depth yet accessible introduction to the philosophical issues raised by films, film spectatorship and film making
  • Provides 12 self-contained, close discussions of individual films from across genres
  • Films discussed include Total Recall, Minority Report, La Promesse, Funny Games, Ikuru, The Dark Knight, Memento, AI and more
  • Explores concepts that span epistemology, metaphysics, fate, choice, robot love, time travel, personal identity, spectacle, ethics, luck, regret, consequentialism, deontology and the philosophy of film itself
  • A uniquely flexible resource for courses in philosophy and film that encourages student reflection, as well as being an engaging read for the film enthusiast