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Philosophy Through Film

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Philosophy Through Film offers a stimulating new way to explore the basic questions of philosophy. Each chapter uses a popular film to examine one such topic - from free will and skepticism to personal identity and artificial intelligence - in a approachable yet philosophically rigorous manner. A wide range of films are discussed including more recent releases like Being John Malkovich , Total Recall and Boys Don't Cry , and classics like Rashomon and Crimes and Misdemeanors , all readily available through major video rental chains. This unique and engaging introduction provides an exciting new way to learn about philosophy and connects complicated philosophical questions to the familiar settings of popular culture.

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Mary Litch is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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'How does one make philosophy exciting for general readers and students in introductory philosophy classes?  Mary Litch has found the recipe.  Combine the dramatic power of contemporary narrative films with incisive discussions of central philosophical issues, and the result is a compelling book for teaching and learning about philosophy. Each chapter clearly and engagingly introduces a key philosophical topic, then expertly demonstrates how a recent film illustrates a philosophical position, or else, through its dramatic conflicts, clarifies opposing alternatives.  New to this edition are seventeen excerpts from primary sources, from Plato to Hume to Camus, making this book an excellent choice for introductory philosophy classes.'Carl Plantinga, Calvin College, USA

'Mary Litch's Philosophy Through Film was one of the first and remains one of the most useful textbooks for introducing students to philosophical concepts by way of film. Litch shows that popular films can be philosophical, in the sense that they raise philosophical concerns and illustrate in powerful ways the importance of these concerns. In addition to discussing several new films, the newest edition includes a selection of important classic readings in philosophy as complements to the film-based discussions of central topics, and offers an insightful and straightforward introduction to some of the many philosophical issues involved in considering film for its philosophical content.'  Nathan Andersen, Eckerd College, USA

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