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Finding Ourselves at the Movies: Philosophy for a New Generation

Paul Kahn


This book argues that philosophy must take up the fundamental concerns of love, death, justice, knowledge, and faith as they are found in contemporary culture. It demonstrates how this can be achieved by turning to popular film. The book discusses such well-known movies as Forrest Gump (1994), The American President (1995), The Matrix (1999), Memento (2000), The History of Violence (2005), Gran Torino (2008), The Dark Knight (2008), The Road (2009), and Avatar (2009). It explores the powerful archetypes covered in these films and assesses the hold they have upon us. The book's inquiry proceeds ... More

Keywords: philosophy, popular film, Forrest Gump, The American President, The Matrix, Memento, The History of Violence, romantic comedy, slasher films, pornography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164382
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Kahn, author
Yale Unversity