Filmosophy returns for a third season of original and thought-provoking films, this time focusing on the theme of ‘the double’.
The idea of the double – or doppelganger – has a long tradition in folklore and mythology, where it is often considered a harbinger of bad luck or even an omen of death. In literature too, the double is often employed to portend ill-fortune, or to highlight internal conflict (Dostoyevsky’s The Double or Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde). More recently, this phenomenon has found its ideal expression through film – a medium well-suited to creating facsimiles and likenesses. Each screening will allow us to address a range of philosophical questions generated by the possibility that we may one day meet our double, such as: What is the self? Does fate exist? Do I have a soul?
Each screening will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by an opportunity to discuss the philosophical issues raised in an informal and accessible manner.
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