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Philosophy at the Movies

In a first for the Philosophy Department, Jeremy Fantl taught a course during block week. Philosophical problems and ideas are often motivated with hypothetical scenarios. Films can present philosophically rich scenarios in vivid and compelling detail. In "Philosophy at the Movies," Prof. Fantl and his students looked at a selection of films (and a couple of television episodes) that dramatize philosophical problems, including issues in the philosophy of evidence and knowledge (epistemology), the nature of right and wrong (ethics), how punishment might justified, the possibility of self-sacrifice and moral dilemmas, and what it is to lead a good life.

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