Philosophy Through Film

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 20, 2010 - Philosophy - 374 pages
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Some of the world’s best-loved films can be used as springboards for examining enduring philosophical questions. Philosophy Through Film provides guidance in how to watch films with an eye for their philosophical content, helping students become familiar with key topics in all of the major areas in Western philosophy, and helping them master the techniques of philosophical argumentation.

The perfect size and scope for a first course in philosophy, Philosophy Through Film 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 Second Edition features a new chapter on political philosophy, an introductory chapter explaining how to watch films philosophically, an appendix with primary readings, and the addition of five new focus films. Films examined in depth include:

The Matrix
Vanilla Sky
Hilary and Jackie
Memento
I, Robot
Minority Report
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Antz
Equilibrium
The Seventh Seal
The Rapture
Leaving Las Vegas

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User Review  - Aaron - Goodreads

From what I remember, this book felt like a hodgepodge of different films and different themes. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the writing was more focused, and perhaps with a different selection of films. Not bad but not great. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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.

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