From Socrates to Cinema is the most comprehensive anthology of readings in philosophy, introducing students to the major areas in philosophy and the central questions posed by them-and it is a unique teaching resource for engaging students with these difficult questions. With over 130 readings, this anthology provides students with a vast selection of the classic and contemporary contributions to the disciplines in philosophy, systematically organizing readings within topical areas and critical questions. As a reader alone it is, by far, the most complete. In addition, this unique anthology includes features that provide a wealth of teaching options for the introductory course in philosophy. It links all the classic and contemporary readings to classic and popular films and literary works that explore, amplify, and confront the philosophical issues in the text. For every film and literary work, the text provides questions that connect them to themes in the readings, questions which will easily provoke discussion in the classroom and open the world of cinema to important philosophical considerations. Socrates to Cinema is a flexible resource intended to provide a robust array of original readings and pedagogical tools to bring the difficult questions of philosophy to life. .
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Jeffrey R. Di Leo received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Economics from Rutgers University. He has an M.A. in Comparative Literature, an M.A. in Philosophy, and a double Ph.D. in Philosophy and Comparative Literature all from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the comparative literature and critical theory journal symploke which is published in print by the University of Nebraksa Press and on-line by Johns Hopkins University Press. His editing work on this journal earned him the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Editorial Achievement by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2000. He is also Series Editor for Class in America published by the University of Nebraska Press, and the editor most recently of On Anthologies: Critical and Practical Issues (University of Nebraska Press, 2004) and If Classrooms Matter and If Classrooms Matter: Essays on Place in Education (Routledge, 2004)..
. He has taught at number of universities including Indiana University, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently, University of Houston-Victoria. For over ten years, Professor Di Leo instructed students from all over the world by correspondence through Indiana University's division of extended studies. This experience revealed to him the need for an ethics textbook that was both based on a comprehensive pedagogical system, and approached applied ethics from multiple points of entry (class, race, gender) and media (literature, film, court cases, news clips, etc.). Morality Matters was successfully designed to meet these needs. It is designed as an anthology that is both respective of the needs of students (glossary, study questions, film examples, help with argument and fallacies, headnotes) as well as those of progressive philosophy instructors (includes cutting-edge work that interests classical readings on applied ethical issues with race, class, and gender approaches). One of the most useful features of the book are the many film summaries that get at the heart of the moral matter in the film. Film is one of the most effective ways to generate student interest and discussion in the classroom, and no other textbook on the market has more materials to assist the ethics instructor in this regard than Morality Matters. It is one of the hidden gems of this book..
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