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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 MatrixVanilla SkyHilary and JackieMementoI, RobotMinority ReportCrimes and MisdemeanorsAntzEquilibriumThe Seventh SealThe RaptureLeaving Las Vegas
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.
Table of Contents
Free Will, Determinism, and Moral Responsibility
The Problem of Evil
Appendix: Story Lines of Films by Elapsed Time
Readings from Primary Sources
"Allegory of the Cave" (from The Republic)
Excerpts from A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
Excerpts from Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
Excerpts from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Excerpts from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Excerpts from A Treatise of Human Nature
Excerpts from "Computing Machinery and Intelligence"
Excerpts from "Minds, Brains, and Programs"
Excerpts from an Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Excerpts from "Existentialism is a Humanism "
Excerpts from Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals
Excerpts from Utilitarianism
Excerpts from Leviathan
Excerpts from On Liberty
Excerpts from On Free Choice of the Will
"The Myth of Sisyphus"
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