Introducing Philosophy Through Film: Key Texts, Discussion, and Film Selections

Introducing Philosophy Through Film: Key Texts, Discussion, and Film Selections

By: Richard Fumerton (editor), Diane Jeske (editor)Paperback

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Philosophy Through Film offers a uniquely engaging and effective approach to introductory philosophy by combining an anthology of classical and contemporary philosophical readings with a discussion of philosophical concepts illustrated in popular films. Pairs 50 classical and contemporary readings with popular films - from Monty Python and The Matrix to Casablanca and A Clockwork Orange Addresses key areas in philosophy, including topics in ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, free will and determinism, the problem of perception, and philosophy of time Each unit begins with an extensive introduction by the editors and ends with study questions linking readings to films Features chapter by chapter discussion of clips from films that vividly illustrate the critical philosophical arguments and positions raised in the readings

About Author

Richard Fumerton is the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems of Perception (1985), Reason and Morality: A Defense of the Egocentric Perspective (1990), Metaepistemology and Skepticism (1995), Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth (2002), Epistemology (Blackwell, 2005), and Mill (with Wendy Donner, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). His present teaching and research interests include epistemology, metaphysics, and value theory. Diane Jeske is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa. Her teaching and research interests include ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law. She is the author of Rationality and Moral Theory: How Intimacy Generates Reasons (2008).


Preface Source Acknowledgments Part I: Introduction: Philosophical Analysis, Argument, and the Relevance of Thought Experiments Films: Monty Python, "The Argument Skit"; Pulp Fiction; Seinfeld episode: The Soup Part II: The Problem of Perception Films: Total Recall; The Matrix; Star Trek TV episode: The Menagerie Introduction 1. First Meditation and excerpt from Sixth Meditation: Rene Descartes 2. Some Further Considerations Concerning Our Simple Ideas of Sensation: John Locke 3. Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous: George Berkeley 4. Of the Sceptical and Other Systems of Philosophy: David Hume 5. The Self and the Common World: A. J. Ayer 6. Brains in a Vat: Hilary Putnam 7. The Structure of Skeptical Arguments and its Metaepistemological Implications: Richard Fumerton 8. The Experience Machine: Robert Nozick Part III: Philosophy of Mind Films: What Dreams May Come; Bicentennial Man; Heaven Can Wait; The Sixth Day; The Prestige; Multiplicity; Star Trek TV episode: Turn About Intruder Introduction 9. Second Meditation: Rene Descartes 10. Descartes' Myth: Gilbert Ryle 11. Sensations and Brain Processes: J. J. C. Smart 12. What Is It Like to Be a Bat?: Thomas Nagel 13. What Mary Didn't Know: Frank Jackson 14. Minds, Brains, and Programs: John R. Searle 15. Mad Pain and Martian Pain: David Lewis 16. Eliminative Materialism: Paul Churchland 17. Of Identity and Diversity: John Locke 18. The Self and the Future: Bernard Williams 19. From Reasons and Persons: Derek Parfit 20. A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality: John Perry 21. On the Immortality of the Soul: David Hume Part IV: Ethics A. Act Consequentialism and its Critics Films: Abandon Ship!; Fail Safe; Dirty Harry; Sophie's Choice; Saving Private Ryan; Judgment at Nuremberg; Minority Report: 24 (Season 3: 6.00-7.00 a.m.); Titanic; Vertical Limit Introduction 22. Utilitarianism: John Stuart Mill 23. Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: Immanuel Kant 24. What Makes Right Acts Right?: W. D. Ross 25. A Critique of Utilitarianism: Bernard Williams 26. An Outline of a System of Utilitarian Ethics: J. J. C. Smart 27. Intending Harm: Shelly Kagan 28. United States v. Holmes (1842) 29. The Queen v Dudley and Stephens 30. War and Massacre: Thomas Nagel B. Obligations to Intimates Films: The English Patient; Casablanca; The Third Man; The Music Box; High Noon; Nick of Time; 24 (Season 1: 7.00-8.00 a.m.) Introduction 31. From Nicomachean Ethics: Aristotle 32. Self and Others: C. D. Broad 33. Filial Morality: Christina Hoff Sommers 34. Alienation, Consequentialism, and the Demands of Morality: Peter Railton 35. Relatives and Relativism: Diane Jeske and Richard Fumerton 36. Families, Friends, and Special Obligations: Diane Jeske 37. An Ethic of Caring: Nel Noddings Part V: Philosophy of Time Films: Somewhere in Time; Back to the Future; Planet of the Apes; Frequency; A Sound of Thunder Introduction 38. Making Things to 39. Space and Time: Richard Taylor 40. The Paradoxes of Time Travel: David Lewis Part VI: Free Will, Foreknowledge, and Determinism Films: Minority Report: The Boys From Brazil: A Clockwork Orange: The Omen: Compulsion: Law and Order ("black rage" defense), Season 5, Episode 69414, Rage (2/01/95) Introduction 41. From De Interpretatione: Aristotle 42. Of Liberty and Necessity: David Hume 43. Meaning and Free Will: John Hospers 44. Determinism: J. R. Lucas 45. Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person: Harry G. Frankfurt 46. The M'Naghten Rules (1843): House of Lords 47. The Insanity Defense (1956): The American Law Institute 48. What Is So Special About Mental Illness?: Joel Feinberg Part VII: Philosophy of Religion Films: Jason and the Argonauts; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; Dogma; YouTube: Mr Deity and the Evil Introduction 49. The Wager: Blaise Pascal 50. The Ontological Argument: Anselm 51. The Cosmological and Design Arguments: William L. Rowe 52. Evil and Omnipotence: J. L. Mackie 53. Why I Am Not a Christian: Bertrand Russell

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