24.209 Philosophy In Film and Other Media

As taught in: Spring 2004

Caricature of George Bernard Shaw.

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




Prof. Irving Singer

Course Features

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.

Technical Requirements

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