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
     
 

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 film to help us understand philosophical ideas and positions. Drawing on art-house movies like Cinema Paradiso and Hollywood blockbusters such as The Matrix, Christopher Falzon introduces and discusses central areas of philosophical concern." Ideal for the beginner, this book…  See more details below

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"Philosophy Goes to the Movies is a new kind of introduction to philosophy that makes use of film to help us understand philosophical ideas and positions. Drawing on art-house movies like Cinema Paradiso and Hollywood blockbusters such as The Matrix, Christopher Falzon introduces and discusses central areas of philosophical concern." Ideal for the beginner, this book guides the student through philosophy using lively and illuminating cinematic examples including Total Recall, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Antz and Wings of Desire. It will also appeal to anyone interested in the philosophical dimensions of cinema.

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
Introduction1
1Plato's picture show - the theory of knowledge17
Plato's cave19
Descartes, dreams and demons25
Rationalism and empiricism33
Is seeing believing?37
Kant and relativism40
The truth and nothing but45
2All of Me - the self and personal identity49
Plato and the parts of the soul52
Descartes and dualism60
Locke and personal identity68
Kant, personhood and moral worth74
3Crimes and Misdemeanors - Moral philosophy81
The ring of Gyges84
Plato and inner balance88
Religion and morality92
Kant: doing one's duty95
Utilitarianism101
Existentialism: absurdity, freedom and bad faith107
4Antz - social and political philosophy115
Plato's ants117
Liberalism: the heroic individual121
Marxism: the social individual128
Three faces of power138
5Modern Times - society, science and technology149
Scientific utopias152
Playing God: scientific hubris158
Alienation in a technological society164
Recent technology, new views172
6The Holy Grail - critical thinking181
Reasoning and arguing184
When arguments go wrong191
Closed thinking201
The importance of being critical207
Glossary212
Further reading218
Bibliography220
Index225

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