24.209 Philosophy In Film and Other Media

Spring 2004

Caricature of George Bernard Shaw.
Caricature of George Bernard Shaw, drawn by Edmund Valtman (Image courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.)

Course Highlights

This course features examples of student work and several video lectures

Course Description

This course examines works of film in relation to thematic issues of philosophical importance that also occur in other arts, particularly literature and opera. Emphasis is put on film's ability to represent and express feeling as well as cognition. Both written and cinematic works by Sturges, Shaw, Cocteau, Hitchcock, Joyce, and Bergman, among others, are considered. There are no tests or quizzes, however students write two major papers on media/philosophical research topics of their choosing.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.

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Prof. Irving Singer

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session