Philosophy through Film (3rd New edition)

Philosophy through Film (3rd New edition)

By: Mary M. Litch (author), Amy Karofsky (author)Paperback

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Many of the classic questions of philosophy have been raised, illuminated, and addressed in celluloid. In this Third Edition of Philosophy through Film, Mary M. Litch teams up with a new co-author, Amy Karofsky, to show readers how to watch films with a sharp eye for their philosophical content. Together, the authors help students become familiar with key topics in all of the major areas in Western philosophy and master the techniques of philosophical argumentation. The perfect size and scope for a first course in philosophy, the book assumes no prior knowledge of philosophy. It is an excellent teaching resource and learning tool, introducing students to key topics and figures in philosophy through thematic chapters, each of which is linked to one or more "focus films" that illustrate a philosophical problem or topic. Revised and expanded, the Third Edition features: A completely revised chapter on "Relativism," now re-titled "Truth" with coverage of the correspondence theory, the pragmatist theory, and the coherence theory. The addition of four new focus films: Inception, Moon, Gone Baby Gone, God on Trial. Revisions to the General Introduction that include a discussion of critical reasoning. Revisions to the primary readings to better meet the needs of instructors and students, including the addition of three new primary readings: excerpts from Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy, from William James' Pragmatism: A New Way for Some Old Ways of Thinking, and from J. L. Mackie's "Evil and Omnipotence". Updates and expansion to the companion website, including a much expanded list of films relevant to the various subfields of philosophy. Films examined in depth include: Hilary and Jackie The Matrix Inception Memento Moon I, Robot Minority Report Crimes and Misdemeanors Gone Baby Gone Antz Equilibrium The Seventh Seal God on Trial Leaving Las Vegas

About Author

Mary M. Litch has taught Philosophy at Yale University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently Director of Academic Technology and Digital Media at Chapman University, where she also teaches Philosophy. Amy Karofsky teaches Philosophy at Hofstra University.


Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Truth Hilary and Jackie 2 Skepticism The Matrix and Inception 3 Personal Identity Memento and Moon 4 Artificial Intelligence I, Robot 5 Free Will, Determinism, and Moral Responsibility Memento and Minority Report 6 Ethics Crimes and Misdemeanors and Gone Baby Gone 7 Political Philosophy Antz and Equilibrium 8 The Problem of Evil The Seventh Seal and God on Trial 9 Existentialism The Seventh Seal, Crimes and Misdemeanors and Leaving Las Vegas Notes Appendix: Story Lines of Films by Elapsed Time Readings from Primary Sources Plato, "Allegory of the Cave" (from The Republic) Bertrand Russell, excerpts from The Problems of Philosophy William James, excerpts from Pragmatism: A New Way for Some Old Ways of Thinking Rene Descartes, "Meditation One" (from Meditations on First Philosophy) George Berkeley, excerpts from A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge John Locke, excerpts from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding David Hume, excerpts from A Treatise of Human Nature Alan Turing, excerpts from "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" John Searle, excerpts from "Minds, Brains, and Programs" David Hume, excerpts from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Jean-Paul Sartre, excerpts from "Existentialism is a Humanism" Immanuel Kant, excerpts from Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals John Stuart Mill, excerpts from Utilitarianism Thomas Hobbes, excerpts from Leviathan John Stuart Mill, excerpts from On Liberty J. L. Mackie, excerpts from "Evil and Omnipotence" Augustine, excerpts from On Free Choice of the Will Albert Camus, "The Myth of Sisyphus" Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780415839327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 392
  • ID: 9780415839327
  • weight: 542
  • ISBN10: 0415839327
  • edition: 3rd New edition

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