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"Outstanding! I am a major fan of this book and have used it with great success in my philosophy and film classes. The 4th edition continues to give philosophical substance to course content that might otherwise wander too far in the direction of mere film review. The writing style is down to earth, and the philosophical topics are traditional ones that work perfectly in introduction to philosophy courses. The authors smartly confine the book to just 16 films that can realistically be viewed during a single semester, and their choice of films is spot on, including both current and classic ones." James Fieser, University of Tennessee at Martin Praise for previous editions: "A valuable book for introducing students to the wonder of philosophical exploration and the power of philosophical reasoning to force us to reevaluate our reflexive responses to fundamental questions, such as the nature of truth or the self." Jennifer Hansen, St. Lawrence University" With clarity that doesn't compromise rigor, Mary Litch and Amy Karofsky introduce readers new to philosophy to some of its most enduring concerns and seminal questions, including skepticism, personal identity, artificial intelligence, and political philosophy" Mark Uffelman, Millersville University "Highly recommended for the introductory philosophy classroom, as well as for anyone who likes movies that make you think." Nathan Andersen, Collegium of Letters, Saint Petersburg, FL
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Amy Karofsky is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hofstra University. Mary M. Litch is now retired. Most recently, she served as Director of Learning Spaces at Chapman University. She has taught philosophy at Chapman University, Yale University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Introduction 1. Truth Arrival 2. Skepticism The Matrix Inception 3. Personal Identity Memento Moon 4. The Mind-Body Problem The Matrix Live, Die, Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow 5. Artificial Intelligence Her Ex Machina 6. Free Will, Determinism, and Moral Responsibility Minority Report Beautiful Boy 7. Ethics Crimes and Misdemeanors Gone Baby Gone 8. Political Philosophy Equilibrium Divergent 9. Philosophy of Religion A Serious Man Silence 10 The Meaning of Life A Serious Man Ad Astra Appendix: Readings from Primary Sources (Numbered by relevant chapter) 0: Plato, "Allegory of the Cave" ( from The Republic) 1a: Bertrand Russell excerpts from The Problems of Philosophy 1b: William James excerpts from Pragmatism: A New Way for Some Old Ways of Thinking 2a: Rene Descartes, "Meditation One" (from Meditations on First Philosophy) 2b: George Berkeley, excerpts from A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge 3a: John Locke, excerpts from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding 3b: David Hume, excerpts from A Treatise of Human Nature 4a: Patricia Smith Churchland, excerpts from "Can Neurobiology Teach us Anything about Consciousness?" 4b: Frank Jackson, "What Mary Didn't Know" 5a: Alan Turing, excerpts from "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" 5b: John Searle, excerpts from "Minds, Brains, and Programs" 6a: David Hume, excerpts from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding 6b: Jean-Paul Sartre, excerpts from "Existentialism is a Humanism" 7a: John Stuart Mill, excerpts from Utilitarianism 7b: Immanuel Kant, excerpts from Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals 8a: Thomas Hobbes, excerpts from Leviathan 8b: John Stuart Mill, excerpts from On Liberty 9a: J. L. Mackie, excerpts from "Evil and Omnipotence" 9b: Augustine, excerpts from On Free Choice of the Will 10a: Albert Camus, "The Myth of Sisyphus"