Moral Theory at the Movies: An Introduction to Ethics

Moral Theory at the Movies: An Introduction to Ethics

by Dean Kowalski
     
 

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Moral Theory at the Movies provides students with a wonderfully approachable introduction to ethics. The book incorporates film summaries and study questions to draw students into ethical theory and then pairs them with classical philosophical texts. The students see how moral theories, dilemmas, and questions are represented in the given films and learn to apply…  See more details below

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Moral Theory at the Movies provides students with a wonderfully approachable introduction to ethics. The book incorporates film summaries and study questions to draw students into ethical theory and then pairs them with classical philosophical texts. The students see how moral theories, dilemmas, and questions are represented in the given films and learn to apply these theories to the world they live in. There are 36 films and a dozen readings including: Thank you for Smoking, Plato's Gorgias, John Start Mill's Utilitarianism, Hotel Rwanda, Plato's Republic, and Horton Hears a Who. Topics cover a wide variety of ethical theories including, ethical subjectivism, moral relativism, ethical theory, and virtue ethics. Moral Theory at the Movies will appeal to students and help them think about how philosophy is relevant today.

Editorial Reviews

Metapsychology Online Reviews
Moral Theory at the Movies is a textbook aimed at college students. And it's a good one. But any intelligent adult interested in learning more about what philosophers are doing in the realm of moral theory these days would be well served with this book.
James B. South
Moral Theory at the Moviesis a refreshing and thorough look at the subject of ethics. The well-chosen readings and movies will provoke students to engageconstructivelywith the material and the author's discussions and explanations are clear and appealing. The study questions provided should ensure a high level of in-class discussion. In short, this is a first-rate text for introductory ethical theory courses.
William Irwin
If your ethics course needs a makeover, this book is the way to do it. Clearly written and pedagogically plotted, Moral Theory at the Movies brings classic texts of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and company into dialogue with contemporary films from Spielberg, Allen, Scorsese, and company. Two thumbs up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442214552
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/08/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Dean Kowalski is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Manitowoc.

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