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Filmosophy – Moon

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.

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Filmosophy season at Filmhouse Edinburgh

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; … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking through Film – new course starts 13 January 2014

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 … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Examined Life – Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor

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 … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Problem of Evil in Film

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 … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Michael H. Profession: Director

Over the last 25 years, Michael Haneke has established himself as one of the most important directors in cinema history. From his early work to Amour, he has explored some … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Black Hole: metaphysics and greed

The Black Hole (Phil and Olly, 2008) – a short, but perfectly formed, exploration of metaphysics and greed. Enjoy!

March 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Peter Singer on our obligation to alleviate suffering

Karl Marx stated, ‘the philosophers have merely interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it’. Marx’s sentiment is, I think, shared by many; philosophy can be seen to … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Plato’s Cave and the Cinema

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 … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 5 Comments

Morality and Blindness in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors

Why should we act morally? Why should we ‘do the right thing’ if we could do the wrong thing and get away with it? Imagine a situation where you find … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Examined Life: philosophy in the streets

Astra Taylor’s Examined Life may just appear to be just another philosophy documentary (not that there are nearly enough of them). What I mean by this is that we may be … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 2 Comments


Dogtooth (Kynodontas) is the third feature directed by Giorgas Lanthimos. Released in 2009, it received international acclaim, winning the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes before being nominated for the … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · 1 Comment


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