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PHIL 080J
Philosophy and Film: Aesthetics and Metaphysics

An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of film and philosophy. We explore elements of film aesthetics by watching outstanding movies from different eras and discussing film theory, and we use the occasion of screening these movies for analyzing central problems in philosophy: What gives life its meaning? What constitutes a person’s life? What is the source of the norms that shape our lives? Is virtue rewarded, and vice punished? The films we watch include Citizen Kane, Rashoman, The Seventh Seal, Casablanca, Pleasantville, and Birdman and read Plato, Locke and contemporary philosophers

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3

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Staff

Meets the following Core Curriculum (or Gen Ed requirement(s)):
Meets the following Gen Ed requirement(s): Creating & Critiquing Arts, Meets the following Core Curriculum requirement(s): Critical Analysis

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Last Updated: 6/23/17