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Ethics goes to the movies : an introduction to moral philosophy

Author: Christopher Falzon
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)1083763261
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Falzon
ISBN: 9781317383277 1317383273
OCLC Number: 1076873398
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 307 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction - Rear Window EthicsWhat is ethics?Film as experimentalExploring ethics through film Chapter 1. Excess and obsession - Ancient ethicsWhy be moralPlato's moral theoryAristotle and virtue ethicsStoicismEpicureanismFeature films: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Under the Skin Chapter 2. Sin and self-denial: Religious ethicsDivine commandAugustineAquinas and natural lawThe problem of evilFeature films: Crimes and Misdemeanors, and The Addiction Chapter 3. Pleasure, happiness and rights: Enlightenment ethicsHobbes and the social contractEnlightenment and happinessUtilitarianismRightsThe libertine and scientific moralityFeature films: Dirty Harry, and The Dark Knight Chapter 4. Personhood and autonomy: Kantian ethicsDuty and desirePersonsAutonomyMarxHabermas and discourse ethicsFeature films: High Noon, and No Country for Old Men Chapter 5. Slaves, supermen and authentic selves: Existentialist ethicsNietzscheKierkegaardTwentieth-century existentialism: Sartre et al.The social situation: de BeauvoirFeature films: Rope, and Fight Club Chapter 6. Encounters with aliens: Ethics and the otherThe critique of 'traditional' ethicsThe ethics of careLevinas and the ethics of the otherFoucault, ethics and powerExperiments in livingFeature films: Casablanca, and Force Majeure FilmographyGlossaryBibliographyIndex
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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. 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.

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