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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.
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This expanded edition, updated with a judicious selection of films from the last decade, maintains Philosophy Goes To The Movies as both an admirably clear and enthusiastic introduction to philosophy, its themes and arguments, through a discussion of film and films, and a valuable resource for students studying film as philosophy.

Jerry Goodenough, University of East Anglia

Chris Falzon's book—suitable for any intro to philosophy course—does full justice to the depth and variety of philosophy and film. Adopting a broad approach, it includes Continental figures (Foucault, the Frankfurt School) alongside more ‘analytic’ thinkers as well as challenging treatments of social philosophy and technology. The new edition takes up recent discussions in film theory and adds new sections on, for example, virtue ethics. The writing is stylish and crisp, and doesn’t talk down to students. An outstanding introduction to philosophy that makes widespread use of cinematic offerings.  

Martin Donougho, Philosophy, University of South Carolina-Columbia

Philosophy Goes to the Movies is, bar none, the best text for introducing students to philosophical concepts through the use of film. I have used it several times in my courses and am eager to do so again with the new edition. I especially appreciate its erudite discussion of both recent and classic movies.

Tim Madigan, St. John Fisher College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415237413
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Falzon is a senior lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is the author of Foucault and Social Dialogue (1998) and Philosophy Goes to the Movies (2nd edition, 2007). He is also co-editor, with Timothy O’Leary, of Foucault and Philosophy (2010), and with Timothy O’Leary and Jana Sawicki, of the Blackwell Companion to Foucault (2013).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Plato's picture show - the theory of knowledge 17
Plato's cave 19
Descartes, dreams and demons 25
Rationalism and empiricism 33
Is seeing believing? 37
Kant and relativism 40
The truth and nothing but 45
2 All of Me - the self and personal identity 49
Plato and the parts of the soul 52
Descartes and dualism 60
Locke and personal identity 68
Kant, personhood and moral worth 74
3 Crimes and Misdemeanors - Moral philosophy 81
The ring of Gyges 84
Plato and inner balance 88
Religion and morality 92
Kant: doing one's duty 95
Utilitarianism 101
Existentialism: absurdity, freedom and bad faith 107
4 Antz - social and political philosophy 115
Plato's ants 117
Liberalism: the heroic individual 121
Marxism: the social individual 128
Three faces of power 138
5 Modern Times - society, science and technology 149
Scientific utopias 152
Playing God: scientific hubris 158
Alienation in a technological society 164
Recent technology, new views 172
6 The Holy Grail - critical thinking 181
Reasoning and arguing 184
When arguments go wrong 191
Closed thinking 201
The importance of being critical 207
Glossary 212
Further reading 218
Bibliography 220
Index 225
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