Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies

Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies

By: Wanda Teays (author)Paperback

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Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies is an engaging and innovative approach to the study of philosophy and the development of moral reasoning skills. * Features broad coverage of topics in ethics and moral reasoning * Offers an innovative and imaginative approach to showing relevance of movies for ethical reflection * Draws on a diverse selection of popular movies, foreign films, and documentaries to illustrate ethical dilemmas and character development on the big screen that has application to our lives * Presents coverage of major ethical theories ranging from Ethical Egoism and Cultural Relativism to Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Rawls' Justice Theory, Aristotle's Virtue Ethics, and Feminist Ethics * Demonstrates how film is a powerful vehicle for sharpening skills in analysis and moral reasoning * Includes accompanying website

About Author

Wanda Teays is a professor of philosophy and ethics at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, where she is also Chair of the Philosophy Department. She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on ethics, global justice, and critical reasoning, including Bioethics and Culture; Bioethics, Justice, and Health Care; and Second Thoughts: Critical Thinking for a Diverse Society.

Contents

Preface xi Acknowledgments xvi 0.0 Introduction to the Text 1 Where We Go From Here 5 Structure of the Text 6 Works Cited 7 Online Resources 7 Unit 1 The Human Condition 9 1.0 Introduction to Unit 1 11 Tools for the Journey 14 Aristotle s Poetics and the Six Components of a Movie 15 Works Cited 21 1.1 Authenticity 22 The Ethical Framework: Existential Philosophy 23 SPOTLIGHT: Groundhog Day 24 SPOTLIGHT: Up in the Air 30 Short Takes: Revolutionary Road 36 Outtakes: Le Fabuleux Destin d Amelie Paulain (Amelie) 37 Short Takes: The Visitor 38 Outtakes: Alice and Midnight in Paris 39 Works Cited 40 Online Resources 41 Discussion Questions 42 1.2 Personal Identity 43 SPOTLIGHT: Avatar 45 SPOTLIGHT: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum 48 Short Takes: All of Me 52 Short Takes: Big 55 Short Takes: Prelude to a Kiss 55 Outtakes: The Unmistaken Child 57 Outtakes: Lat Den Ratte Kama In (Let the Right One In) 58 Outtakes: Being John Malkovich and Memento 58 Works Cited 59 Online Resources 60 Discussion Questions 61 1.3 Autonomy and Liberty 62 SPOTLIGHT: Million Dollar Baby 64 SPOTLIGHT: District 9 67 SPOTLIGHT: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 73 Short Takes: The Shawshank Redemption 75 Outtakes: The Soloist 77 Outtakes: K-19: The Widowmaker 77 Outtakes: Yogen (Premonition) 78 Works Cited 79 Online Resources 80 Discussion Questions 81 1.4 Courage and Inner Strength 82 SPOTLIGHT: The Hurt Locker 85 SPOTLIGHT: The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day 88 SPOTLIGHT: El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) 91 Short Takes: Die Hard 96 Outtakes: Dirty Pretty Things 97 Outtakes: Thunderheart 98 Works Cited 99 Online Resources 99 Discussion Questions 100 Unit 2 Ethical Theory 101 2.0 Introduction to Unit 2 103 Moral Agency 104 Applying the Theories 105 Works Cited 115 Online Resources 115 Discussion Questions 116 2.1 Ethical Egoism 117 The Ethical Framework: Ethical Egoism 119 SPOTLIGHT: What About Bob ? 121 SPOTLIGHT: The Proposal 125 Short Takes: Clueless 128 Outtakes: The Social Network 130 Outtakes: The Purple Rose of Cairo 131 Outtakes: Solitary Man 132 Outtakes: Ghost Town 133 Works Cited 133 Online Resources 134 Discussion Questions 134 2.2 Cultural Relativism 135 The Ethical Framework: Cultural Relativism 136 SPOTLIGHT: Witness 138 SPOTLIGHT: Gran Torino 140 SPOTLIGHT: Mutluluk (Bliss) 142 Short Takes: Boyz N the Hood 144 Short Takes: The Godfather 145 Outtakes: The Namesake 147 Works Cited 148 Online Resources 149 Discussion Questions 149 2.3 Utilitarianism 150 The Ethical Framework: Utilitarianism 151 SPOTLIGHT: Outbreak 153 SPOTLIGHT: Minority Report 155 Short Takes: The Manchurian Candidate 158 Short Takes: Torchwood: Children of Earth 159 Short Takes: Secrecy 160 Outtakes: Star Chamber 162 Outtakes: Inception 163 Works Cited 165 Online Resources 166 Discussion Questions 166 2.4 Kantian Ethics 167 The Ethical Framework: Kantian Ethics 169 SPOTLIGHT: Alien 171 SPOTLIGHT: The Truman Show 176 SPOTLIGHT: School of Rock 178 Short Takes: La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) and Cautiva (Captive) 180 Short Takes: Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring 182 Outtakes: Shattered Glass 183 Works Cited 184 Online Resources 185 Discussion Questions 185 2.5 Rawls' Justice Theory 186 The Ethical Framework: Rawls' "Justice As Fairness" 188 SPOTLIGHT: My Cousin Vinny 190 SPOTLIGHT: The Accused and The Brave One 193 Short Takes: Michael Clayton 197 Short Takes: John Q 199 Short Takes: Stand and Deliver 201 Outtakes: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) 203 Outtakes: Food, Inc. and Darwin s Nightmare 204 Works Cited 205 Online Resources 205 Discussion Questions 206 2.6 Aristotle s Virtue Ethics 207 The Ethical Framework: Aristotle s Virtue Ethics 208 SPOTLIGHT: The Insider 210 SPOTLIGHT: To Kill a Mockingbird 214 Short Takes: Idiocracy 218 Short Takes: Lethal Weapon 2 219 Outtakes: Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and Taxi to the Dark Side 220 Works Cited 223 Online Resources 223 Discussion Questions 224 2.7 Feminist Ethics 225 The Ethical Framework: Feminist Ethics 226 SPOTLIGHT: Pleasantville 230 SPOTLIGHT: The Island 234 Short Takes: Terminator 2: Judgment Day 237 Short Takes: Secrets and Lies 239 Outtakes: Salt 240 Works Cited 241 Online Resources 242 Discussion Questions 242 Unit 3 Ethical Dilemmas 245 3.0 Introduction to Unit 3 247 Works Cited 251 Online Resources 251 3.1 Confronting the Dilemma 253 Setting Up the Dilemma 254 SPOTLIGHT: Fargo 258 SPOTLIGHT: Vitus 263 Short Takes: Fearless and The Sweet Hereafter 265 Short Takes: The Fabulous Baker Boys and Crazy Heart 267 Outtakes: Juno 268 Outtakes: Slumdog Millionaire 268 Works Cited 269 Online Resources 269 Discussion Questions 270 3.2 Encountering Evil 271 SPOTLIGHT: Silence of the Lambs 274 SPOTLIGHT: The Dark Knight and The Empire Strikes Back 277 SPOTLIGHT: Wizard of Oz 280 Short Takes: Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) 283 Short Takes: The Matrix 284 Outtakes: Fanny and Alexander 285 Outtakes: Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog) 285 Works Cited 287 Online Resources 288 Discussion Questions 288 3.3 Impact of Perspective 289 Assessing the Impact of Diverse Perspectives 290 Frames of Reference 291 SPOTLIGHT: House of Sand and Fog 292 SPOTLIGHT: 21 Grams 295 SPOTLIGHT: Powwow Highway 298 Short Takes: Sa som i himmele (As it is in Heaven) 302 Outtakes: Mississippi Masala 304 Outtakes: Paradise Now 304 Works Cited 305 Online Resources 305 Discussion Questions 306 3.4 Reflecting on Ethical Decisions 307 Ethical Reflection 308 SPOTLIGHT: Touching the Void 311 SPOTLIGHT: Sleep Dealer 315 Short Takes: Thelma & Louise 318 Short Takes: The Verdict 320 Short Takes: North Country 321 Outtakes: Efter brylluppe (After the Wedding) 324 Works Cited 325 Online Resources 325 Discussion Questions 326 Unit 4 Conclusion and Sources 327 4.0 Conclusion to the Text 329 Works Cited 332 4.1 Reading List 333 4.2 Contemporary Moral Problems 335 4.3 Official Websites 338 Index 344

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  • ISBN13: 9781444332889
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781444332889
  • weight: 484
  • ISBN10: 1444332880

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