Philosophy Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Philosophy / Edition 1

Philosophy Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Philosophy / Edition 1

by Christopher Falzon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415237416

ISBN-13: 9780415237413

Pub. Date: 03/01/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Philosophy Goes to the Movies is a new kind of introduction to philosophy that makes use of the movies to explore philosophical ideas and positions. From art-house movies like Cinema Paradiso to Hollywood blockbusters like The Matrix, the movies we have grown up with provide us with a world of memorable images, events and situations that can be used to illustrate,

Overview

Philosophy Goes to the Movies is a new kind of introduction to philosophy that makes use of the movies to explore philosophical ideas and positions. From art-house movies like Cinema Paradiso to Hollywood blockbusters like The Matrix, the movies we have grown up with provide us with a world of memorable images, events and situations that can be used to illustrate, illuminate and provoke philosophical thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415237413
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements
Introduction
Philosophy and Film
The philosophical approach
Overview of the book
1. Plato's Picture Show- the Theory of Knowledge
Plato's cave
Descartes, dreams and demons
Rationalism and empiricism
Is seeing believing?
Kant and relativism
The truth and nothing but
2. All of Me- The Self and Personal Identity
Plato and the parts of the soul
Descartes and dualism
Locke and personal identity
Kant, personhood and moral worth
3. Crimes and Misdemeanors- Moral Philosophy
The ring of Gyges
Plato and inner balance
Religion and morality
Kant: doing one's duty
Utilitarianism
Existentialism: absurdity, freedom and bad faith
4. Antz- Social and Political Philosophy
Plato's ants
Liberalism: the heroic individual
Marxism: the social individual
Three faces of power
5. Modern Times: Society, Science and Technology
Scientific utopias
Playing God: scientific hubris
Alienation in a technological society
Recent technology, new views
6. The Holy Grail: Critical Thinking
Reasoning and arguing
When arguments go wrong
Closed thinking
The importance of being critical
Further Reading
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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