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Teaching Philosophy

Volume 33, Issue 4, December 2010

Nathan Andersen
Pages 375-397
DOI: 10.5840/teachphil201033444

Filmmaking in the Philosophy Classroom
Illustrating the Examined Life

Film is frequently employed in philosophy classes to illustrate philosophical themes. I argue that making short films or videos in the philosophy classroom can also be a valuable learning exercise for philosophy students. One such assignment, focused on showing the relevance of philosophy to everyday issues, is described and defended here. The exercise is valuable both as a way to clarify the character of philosophical inquiry and its connection to life, and also because questions about film as a medium relate directly to concerns of the major traditional branches of philosophy.