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Ethics Goes to the Movies

Ethics Goes to the Movies

Autorzy
Wydawnictwo Routledge
Data wydania 01/12/2018
Wydanie Pierwsze
Liczba stron 308
Forma publikacji książka w twardej oprawie
Poziom zaawansowania Dla szkół wyższych i kształcenia podyplomowego
Język angielski
ISBN 9781138938199
Kategorie Etyka i filozofia moralna
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Movies hold a mirror up to us, portraying the complexities of human reality through their characters and stories. And they vividly illustrate moral theories that address questions about how we are to live and what sort of people we ought to be. In this book, Christopher Falzon uses movies to provide a rich survey of moral positions as they have emerged through history. These include the ethics of the ancient world, medieval ethics, Enlightenment and Kantian ethics, existentialist ethics and the ethics of the other. Each theory is explained in detail, using a number of examples from the book's wide selection of movies. The discussion draws on a range of recent and not-so-recent films, from Hollywood blockbusters to art-house cinema. Key Features: In addition to covering thinkers one would expect in an introduction to ethics (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Kant), the book discusses less canonical figures in detail as well (e.g., Marcuse, Foucault, Habermas). Similarly, the book examines both major ethical theories (e.g., Kantianism, utilitarianism, virtue ethics) and theories too often glossed over in introductory texts (e.g. Stoicism, Epicureanism, Habermas's discourse ethics and Nietzschean ethics). A wide range of movies are discussed, from Hollywood blockbusters and classics like The Dark Knight, Casablanca and Dirty Harry to lesser known films, like Force Majeure and Under the Skin. Atthe end of each chapter a focus on two feature films is included, with a plot summary and interpretations of several key scenes with a time marker indicating when in the film the scenes occur. A Filmography includes all movies discussed in the book and a Glossary covers key philosophical terms and figures; both with corresponding page numbers. 'Christopher Falzon has written another exemplary book, which makes an important contribution to introducing students and the general public to the basic areas of ethical theory. His vast knowledge of films, from the silent era to the present day, provides an accessible way to engage the reader and clarify moral dilemmas.' -Timothy J. Madigan, St John Fisher College, USA "Teaching ethics will never be the same after Ethics Goes to the Movies. This ingenious volume uses a wide range of fiction films to introduce students to all the major ethical theories. Organized historically, the book shows that films from Casablanca to Get Out are concerned with the same issues that animate the ethical theories of philosophers from Plato to Foucault. The detailed analysis of a few films aft

Ethics Goes to the Movies

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Acknowledgements





Introduction - Rear Window Ethics


What is ethics?


Film as experimental


Exploring ethics through film





Chapter 1. Excess and obsession - Ancient ethics


Why be moral


Plato's moral theory


Aristotle and virtue ethics


Stoicism


Epicureanism


Feature films: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Under the Skin





Chapter 2. Sin and self-denial: Religious ethics


Divine command


Augustine


Aquinas and natural law


The problem of evil


Feature films: Crimes and Misdemeanors, and The Addiction





Chapter 3. Pleasure, happiness and rights: Enlightenment ethics


Hobbes and the social contract


Enlightenment and happiness


Utilitarianism


Rights


The libertine and scientific morality


Feature films: Dirty Harry, and The Dark Knight





Chapter 4. Personhood and autonomy: Kantian ethics


Duty and desire


Persons


Autonomy


Marx


Habermas and discourse ethics


Feature films: High Noon, and No Country for Old Men





Chapter 5. Slaves, supermen and authentic selves: Existentialist ethics


Nietzsche


Kierkegaard


Twentieth-century existentialism: Sartre et al.


The social situation: de Beauvoir


Feature films: Rope, and Fight Club





Chapter 6. Encounters with aliens: Ethics and the other


The critique of 'traditional' ethics


The ethics of care


Levinas and the ethics of the other


Foucault, ethics and power


Experiments in living


Feature films: Casablanca, and Force Majeure





Filmography


Glossary


Bibliography


Index

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