Introducing Philosophy Through Film: Key Texts, Discussion, and Film Selections

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Richard A. Fumerton, Richard Fumerton, Diane Jeske
John Wiley & Sons, 2010 - Philosophy - 611 pages
Philosophy Through Film offers a uniquely engaging and effective approach to introductory philosophy by combining an anthology of classical and contemporary philosophical readings with a discussion of philosophical concepts illustrated in popular films.
  • Pairs 50 classical and contemporary readings with popular films - from Monty Python and The Matrix to Casablanca and A Clockwork Orange
  • Addresses key areas in philosophy, including topics in ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, free will and determinism, the problem of perception, and philosophy of time
  • Each unit begins with an extensive introduction by the editors and ends with study questions linking readings to films
  • Features chapter by chapter discussion of clips from films that vividly illustrate the critical philosophical arguments and positions raised in the readings
 

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Contents

The Problem of Perception
11
The Self and the Common World
91
Implications
106
The Experience Machine
121
Introduction
127
Sensations and Brain Processes
146
What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
155
What Mary Didnt Know
164
The Queen v Dudley and Stephens
349
B Obligations to Intimates
369
Self and Others
383
Filial Morality
394
Relatives and Relativism
427
An Ethic of Caring
452
Philosophy of Time
469
The Paradoxes of Time Travel
492

Mad Pain and Martian Pain
181
Eliminative Materialism
187
The Self and the Future
203
From Reasons and Persons
214
A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality
220
On the Immortality of the Soul
229
Ethics
235
Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals
258
What Makes Right Acts Right?
281
A Critique of Utilitarianism
297
An Outline of a System of Utilitarian Ethics
313
Intending Harm
331
Introduction
505
Meaning and Free Will
518
Determinism
533
Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person
541
The MNaghten Rules 1843
551
What Is So Special About Mental Illness?
557
Philosophy of Religion
569
The Cosmological and Design Arguments
583
Evil and Omnipotence
595
Why I Am Not a Christian
603
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Richard Fumerton is the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems of Perception (1985), Reason and Morality: A Defense of the Egocentric Perspective (1990), Metaepistemology and Skepticism (1995), Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth (2002), Epistemology (Blackwell, 2005), and Mill (with Wendy Donner, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). His present teaching and research interests include epistemology, metaphysics, and value theory.

Diane Jeske is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa. Her teaching and research interests include ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law. She is the author of Rationality and Moral Theory: How Intimacy Generates Reasons (2008).

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