Philosophy goes to the Movies

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9780415237413: Philosophy goes to the Movies

Philosophy goes to the Movies is a new kind of introduction to philosophy that makes use of movies including The Matrix, Antz, Total Recall and Cinema Paradiso, to explore philosophical ideas.
Topics covered include:
*the theory of knowledge
*the self and personal Identity
*moral philosophy
*social and political philosophy
*philosophy of science and technology
*critical thinking.
Ideal for the beginner, this book guides the student through philosophy using lively and illuminating cinematic examples. It will also appeal to anyone interested in the philosophical dimensions of cinema.

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About the Author:

Christopher Falzon is lecturer of Philosophy at Newcastle University, Australia. He is the author of Foucault and Social Dialogue

Review:

[Falzon's] book is a sober discussion of a wider range of themes and thinkers than many introductory texts and he does not oversimplify, abridge or distort unnecessarily. Reading this book requires the thought and effort characteristic of doing philosophy. Its range of reference to films, seamlessly integrated with his arguments, will also challenge any but the most serious cinephile.
–Simon Phillips, smh.com.au

No longer do students of philosophy have to fear dry texts filled with unreadable sentences from the masters of thought. Philosophy Goes to the Movies introduces philosophy through film... Given the importance of the visual and powerful new movies, we can only look forward to more books like Falzon's.
THES

Christopher Falzon, a philosopher at the University of Newcastle, has written what seems to me, overall, an admirable introduction to philosophy. His selection of philosophical themes is balanced and judicious, and his presentation is unusually lucid and economical.
Australian Book Review

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