Film and Philosophy (PHIL 390H.001)

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Instructor: C.D.C. Reeve. This honors course meets on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. in Caldwell 105.

This year we’ll be thinking about films, operas, and works of fiction and philosophy that deal with romantic or erotic love. Possible topics and works include: The figure of Don Juan (Mozart, Don Giovanni, Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or). The femme fatale (Georg Wilhelm Pabst,Pandora’s Box; Alban Berg, Lulu; Jacques Tourneur, Out of the Past).amour fou (Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde; Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Metaphysics of MusicThe Metaphysics of Sexual Love; Lars von Trier,Breaking the Waves). Philosophy as a form of love (Plato, Symposium andPhaedrus). Love, sex, and violence (David Cronenberg, A History of Violence; Harold Ramis, Groundhog Day; von Trier, Antichrist).

C.D.C. Reeve’s webpage