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Instructor: Sarah Stroud. This course meets W 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. in CW 105.

This course will focus on films from a variety of eras, countries, and cultures which engage with philosophically interesting questions. Our study of these films will be paired with philosophy readings which explore the same issues. Students will view the films on their own between classes; class sessions will be devoted to analysis and discussion. Some attention will be paid to the distinctive ways in which the cinematic medium stimulates philosophical reflection. We will explore a wide range of philosophical themes or questions through film: knowledge and perception, personal identity, time travel, meaning in life, death, freedom and responsibility, the end of the world, and ethical dilemmas of various sorts.


Prerequisite: 1 PHIL course.