PHIL11-130: Philosophy and Film


This subject introduces a number of central philosophical questions as they encountered in feature films, short films, and on television. In such films and television shows as The Matrix, Gattaca, The Simpsons, Total Recall, Groundhog Day, and Dr Strangelove, students will encounter and discuss issues of personal identity, the reality of the material world, the ethics of genetic engineering, the idea of virtue, and the nature of the mind.

Learning outcomes

1. Knowledge of the aims and methods of philosophy.
2. Knowledge of issues in philosophy, including philosophy of art, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and ethics.
3. A capacity to write intelligently and engagingly about the ideas expressed in, or raised by, films.
4. A capacity to discuss philosophical ideas in a respectful and engaging manner.


No prior knowledge required.