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Philosophy Through Film, 2nd edition

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Some of the world's best-loved films can be used as springboards for examining enduring philosophical questions. Philosophy Through Film provides guidance in how to watch films with an eye for their philosophical content, helping students become familiar with key topics in all of the major areas in Western philosophy, and helping them master the techniques of philosophical ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Taylor & Francis, Inc. (first published June 2nd 2002)
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Stephen Matlock
Sep 25, 2007 Stephen Matlock rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in how film explores philosophy
Another good book that helps explain how film can be used to explore philosophical ideas. Ms Litch explores concepts of idealism vs. skepticism, the value of personal identity, and how we create ourselves by our choices.

However, while it has clear moments and even instances where a rich insight appears, the book was written more, it seems, for the philosophy graduate rather than the philosophy student. At times it is very dense - and a minor quibble - it uses a very tiny serif font (Garamond?) t
From what I remember, this book felt like a hodgepodge of different films and different themes. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the writing was more focused, and perhaps with a different selection of films. Not bad but not great.
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