Philosophy goes to the Movies [NOOK Book]


Philosophy goes to the Movies is a new kind of introduction to philosophy that makes use of movies including The Matrix, Antz, Total Recall and Cinema Paradiso, to explore philosophical ideas.
Topics covered include:
• the theory of ...
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Philosophy goes to the Movies

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Philosophy goes to the Movies is a new kind of introduction to philosophy that makes use of movies including The Matrix, Antz, Total Recall and Cinema Paradiso, to explore philosophical ideas.
Topics covered include:
• the theory of knowledge
• the self and personal Identity
• moral philosophy
• social and political philosophy
• philosophy of science and technology
• critical thinking.
Ideal for the beginner, this book guides the student through philosophy using lively and illuminating cinematic examples. It will also appeal to anyone interested in the philosophical dimensions of cinema.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203469422
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/7/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 342 KB

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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