Philosophical exploration of film as a medium for developing philosophical ideas and for stimulating philosophical thinking about various issues reflected in film, from traditional philosophical issues to the pressing social and cultural issues of our time. The content will vary. Philosophical texts are read in tandem with screenings of a range of movies from Hollywood blockbusters and art house films to films made for TV. Philosophical issues such as the nature of consciousness, appearance and reality, God and evil, the good life, and time and memory might be explored. Film might also be used to examine representations of race and gender or violence in society; and the power of movies to influence society might be explored through documentaries and propaganda films. Required evening film screenings in addition to regular class meetings. Writing intensive.
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Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Additional Course Details:
In addition to discussing films with philosophical content, we will spend an equal amount of time discussing philosophical issues about film itself such as: What is the relationship between films and truth? Why do we enjoy horror films? How do films construct a narrative and who is telling it?