Philosophy at the Movies
Level: IM – Introductory/Intermediate
Meets the following requirements:
WF – Writing-Focused
The enormous success of movies has proven their entertainment value, but movies have also been used to explore concepts and situations that are on the frontiers of imagination and serve as a unique medium for articulating the limits of human possibility.
Films can not only be taken as illustrations of various philosophical issues, but can also be seen as a unique way of working through philosophical issues that can hardly be stated in other media.
This class will examine a series of films that raise issues dealing with the nature and limits of the human and natural worlds.
Besides the usual discussion classes, there will be evening “lab” classes each week devoted to screening films of conceptual interest. A series of short analytical papers will be required.
May be taken as a Writing Focus course.