What comes to mind when you hear the phrase „philosophical film“ The Matrix, most likely, an obvious example of a movie or franchise that explores timeless questions: Who are we What is reality Are our lives nothing more than elaborate simulations programmed by hyperintelligent supercomputers Okay, that last one may be of more recent vintage, but it’s closely related to coque huawei maimang 5 that coque huawei huawei p8 lite 2017 coque huawei p8 lite 2017 rigide ancient cave allegory of Plato’s that asks us to consider whether our experiences of the world coque huawei p8 lite 2017 dual sim are nothing more than illusions emanating from a „real“ world that lies hidden from view. Another influence on The Matrix is Rene Descartes, whose dualistic separation of consciousness and body receives the maximum of dramatic treatment.
But The Matrix is only one film among a great many that concern themselves with classic problems of philosophy. In a 2010 post for Mubi, Matt Whitlock compiled a list of 44 „Essential Movies for a Student of Philosophy.“ Along with The Matrix, other films of the past couple decades get coque huawei p20 lite hunter x hunter mentions The Truman Show („the true home of Plato’s Cave in modern movies“), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I Heart Huckabees, Being coque huawei p8 lite 2017 stranger things John Malkovich, Inception. Also appearing on the list are classics like coque huawei p smart johnny hallyday Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon and Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal which illustrates, Whitlock writes, „The Angst of The Absurd.“ All of these films appear under the coque huawei p20 magnetique subheading „Famous thought experiments or discussion of a famous philosophical problem.“
Another category coque huawei rhinoshield on the list is „Movies featuring a philosopher.“ The media savvy Slavoj iek gets two mentions, for 2006’s The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema and 2005’s iek! (excerpt coque huawei y5 ii foot above). Since Whitlock compiled the list, iek has received yet another feature length treatment 2012’s The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. Astra Taylor, director of iek!, also included him in 2009’s The Examined Life, alongside Peter Singer, Michael Hardt, Judith Butler, Sunaura Taylor, and coque huawei p9 peluche Cornel West. Numminen’s bizarre adaptation of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. Whitlock narrows the field by ruling out „movies that make you think deep crazy stuff“ or those with „some new ‘existential twist’ on common topics.“ Instead, he sticks to those films „that (seem to be) incarnations of classic philosophical thought coque huawei p20 lite totoro experiments or movies that have a major philosophical problem as coque huawei p10 supreme a main theme that include topics coque huawei mate pro that a serious student of philosophy needs to understand.“
Like most such lists, this one doesn’t claim to be definitive, and the four years since its compilation coque huawei y6 2017 survivor have produced several films that might warrant inclusion. Yet another reference from 2010 William G. Smith’scasts a wider net. But Whitlock’s list coque huawei p8 lite 2015 manga seems to me a very useful starting point for thinking about the relationship between philosophy and film. Below, see the first ten films on the list:
The Alchemist Of Happiness (2004)
Take a look at his full list here, and by all means, coque huawei p20 lite moto offer your own suggestions for films that fit the criteria in the comments coque huawei p20 lite proximus section below. All bad films can be resources coque huawei p20 lite juventus for philosophical discussion. And of course, the much fewer good films are richer material for the philosophy. And the filmmaker does not have to even name a character after a philosopher as in Antonioni The Passenger, Fellini 8 1/2 and others did. But a amazon coque huawei y3 slight reference to a philosophical issue as in Tarkovsky Rublev or Antonioni La notte or even Tarantino Kill Bill can re frame the entire filmic discourse as a philosophical quest.
I think, there is a bit of a misconception concerning movies which are important for a philosophy student: It doesn mean that if a movie has as its explicit topic philosophy or philosophers, that this movie is philosophically very important.
I would rather say a really great movie always is a philosophical movie, always opens the path to important philosophical questions. (By the way, this is what you can learn from Zizek: his movies are on the list, but VERTIGO coque huawei y635-l21 for example, which he considers a philosophical masterpiece, is not!)
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