“The goal [of film] is to capture what lies within us.”Read more "Krzysztof Kieślowski"
An introduction to philosophy through the medium of film. Using a diverse range of films, we will explore some of the most interesting issues in philosophy. In doing so, we will learn what film can contribute to philosophy, and how philosophy can contribute to our enjoyment and understanding of film. For more information, and to […]Read more "Thinking through Film – New course starts 12 January 2015."
“No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”Read more "Ingmar Bergman"
Tuesday 9 December at Filmhouse EdinburghRead more "FILMOSOPHY: The Double Life of Veronique"
In his Cave Allegory (Republic, c.360 BCE), Plato presents a strikingly visual account of the distinction between knowledge and belief and, in doing so, provides us with what may be considered the earliest cinema.Read more "Plato’s Cine-Cave"
The third season of FILMOSOPHY at Filmhouse Edinburgh starts on Tuesday 21 October at 6PM with Timecrimes. This is a rare opportunity to see this mind-bending time-travel film-noir on the big screen. We will be joined by philosopher Dr Alasdair Richmond – who has written widely on time-travel. In addition, the film’s director, Nacho Vigalondo, has made himself available for a twitter Q&A during our post-screening discussion.Read more "FILMOSOPHY: TIMECRIMES Tue 21 Oct"
Halfway through Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (Il Conformista 1970) the protagonist, Marcello Clerici, visits the Parisian home of his former teacher, Professor Quadri. After entering his study, Clerici recounts Quadri’s lectures on Plato’s allegory of the Cave. This video-essay examines Bertolucci’s use of Plato’s cave imagery throughout the film.Read more "Bertolucci’s Cave: a Platonic reading of The Conformist"
Filmosophy returns for a third season of original and thought-provoking films, this time focusing on the theme of ‘the double’.Read more "FILMOSOPHY: the double"
Join us for the next instalment of Filmosophy at the Filmhouse on Tuesday 13th May. For further information and to book online follow the link: Moon – Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh.Read more "Filmosophy – Moon"
Filmosophy is where film meets philosophy. Some films, like philosophy itself, can challenge our preconceived views of ourselves and the world around us. They may provide more questions than answers; yet, in doing so, they will expand our ideas and allow us to view familiar things in an unfamiliar way. They are films that demand […]Read more "Filmosophy season at Filmhouse Edinburgh"
In Examined Life, Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor explore what it means to ‘take a walk’ in the mission district of San Francisco. One of the most fascinating parts of the discussion involves the rejection of the traditional idea of disability in favour of a social model based on interdependence.Read more "Examined Life – Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor"
The standard philosophical definition of God is that He is: omnipotent (all powerful); omniscient (all knowing), and; benevolent (perfectly good). However, the ‘problem of evil’ seems to entail that the existence of evil is incompatible with belief in a benevolent, omniscient, omnipotent God. That is to say: if God is omniscient then he knows about the […]Read more "The Problem of Evil in Film"