Philosophy through Fiction and Film

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9780130975065: Philosophy through Fiction and Film

For Introduction to Philosophy courses or for courses in Humanities and Philosophy in/and/of Literature.

Philosophy Through Fiction and Film offers a fresh approach to philosophy using literary and film narratives along with standard philosophic works to introduce students to the basic branches of the field. The fiction and film enliven the philosophic issues, tapping into today's cultural experience, and the philosophic works ground the issues, showing their deeper significance. At the same time, the fundamental issues of philosophy are covered to provide a complete introduction to the field.

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"The author tackles difficult material in a very straightforward and readable way. At the same time, he does not reduce the various views to caricatures. The combination of complexity and clarity is rare indeed." - Joseph H. Kupfer, Iowa State University "I like the use of fiction and film as philosophical material that the book provides. I also like the use of original texts that it offers. I especially like the sections on Appearance and Reality and the Universe." - Thomas E. Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College

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Philosophy Through Fiction and Film breaks new ground for the introductory philosophy course. Burton Porter introduces students to philosophy using literary works and films together with classic works of leading philosophers. The use of fiction and film enriches the philosophic dialogue, linking traditional philosophy to students' contemporary experience, while the philosophic works ground the issues, showing their deeper significance. Philosophy comes alive as something vivid and compelling!

Features of Philosophy Through Fiction and Film!

  • Selections from numerous cultures and countries; diverse voices, including men and women, different races, and various historical periods represented.
  • Incisive synopses of 10 films explaining their philosophic content and significance.
  • An extensive bibliography of films as well as literature, grouped under the major branches of philosophy for easy reference.
  • Offers a fresh introduction to philosophy with immediate appeal to students because of the use of films and works of fiction.

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