W541B – Philosophy and Film: How Philosophical Ideas are Portrayed in Movies
Instructor: Mark Luttio, Ph.D.
This lecture is designed to help us see that there is more to philosophy than the study of dusty, old philosophical texts. Philosophy is about life— about living an examined life and adopting a critical, reflective stance toward one’s social and cultural environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in the movies, where life is portrayed in all its colors and hues of reality. In short, film can be seen as the school of philosophy; or at least where philosophy gets portrayed and conveyed in dramatic ways. This lecture will give us the opportunity to see how film has been used masterfully to show the audience a particular philosophical viewpoint. Through clips and snippets we will see how this unfolds before our very eyes.