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Seeing the Light


Seeing the Light

Exploring Ethics Through Movies
1. Aufl.

von: Wanda Teays

25,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: EPUB
Veröffentl.: 29.03.2012
ISBN/EAN: 9781444355864
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 384

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<i>Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies</i> is an engaging and innovative approach to the study of philosophy and the development of moral reasoning skills. <ul type="disc"> <li>Features broad coverage of topics in ethics and moral reasoning</li> <li>Offers an innovative and imaginative approach to showing relevance of movies for ethical reflection</li> <li>Draws on a diverse selection of popular movies, foreign films, and documentaries to illustrate ethical dilemmas and character development on the big screen that has application to our lives</li> <li>Presents coverage of  major ethical theories ranging from Ethical Egoism and Cultural Relativism to Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Rawls' Justice Theory, Aristotle's Virtue Ethics, and Feminist Ethics</li> <li>Demonstrates how film is a powerful vehicle for sharpening skills in analysis and moral reasoning</li> <li>Includes accompanying website</li> </ul>
<p>Preface xi</p> <p>Acknowledgments xvi</p> <p><b>0.0 Introduction to the Text 1</b></p> <p>Where We Go From Here 5</p> <p>Structure of the Text 6</p> <p>Works Cited 7</p> <p>Online Resources 7</p> <p><b>Unit 1 The Human Condition 9</b></p> <p><b>1.0 Introduction to Unit 1 11</b></p> <p>Tools for the Journey 14</p> <p>Aristotle’s Poetics and the Six Components of a Movie 15</p> <p>Works Cited 21</p> <p><b>1.1 Authenticity 22</b></p> <p>The Ethical Framework: Existential Philosophy 23</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Groundhog Day 24</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Up in the Air 30</p> <p>Short Takes: Revolutionary Road 36</p> <p>Outtakes: Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Paulain (Amélie) 37</p> <p>Short Takes: The Visitor 38</p> <p>Outtakes: Alice and Midnight in Paris 39</p> <p>Works Cited 40</p> <p>Online Resources 41</p> <p>Discussion Questions 42</p> <p><b>1.2 Personal Identity 43</b></p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Avatar 45</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum 48</p> <p>Short Takes: All of Me 52</p> <p>Short Takes: Big 55</p> <p>Short Takes: Prelude to a Kiss 55</p> <p>Outtakes: The Unmistaken Child 57</p> <p>Outtakes: Lât Den Rätte Kama In (Let the Right One In) 58</p> <p>Outtakes: Being John Malkovich and Memento 58</p> <p>Works Cited 59</p> <p>Online Resources 60</p> <p>Discussion Questions 61</p> <p><b>1.3 Autonomy and Liberty 62</b></p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Million Dollar Baby 64</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: District 9 67</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 73</p> <p>Short Takes: The Shawshank Redemption 75</p> <p>Outtakes: The Soloist 77</p> <p>Outtakes: K-19: The Widowmaker 77</p> <p>Outtakes: Yogen (Premonition) 78</p> <p>Works Cited 79</p> <p>Online Resources 80</p> <p>Discussion Questions 81</p> <p><b>1.4 Courage and Inner Strength 82</b></p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: The Hurt Locker 85</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day 88</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) 91</p> <p>Short Takes: Die Hard 96</p> <p>Outtakes: Dirty Pretty Things 97</p> <p>Outtakes: Thunderheart 98</p> <p>Works Cited 99</p> <p>Online Resources 99</p> <p>Discussion Questions 100</p> <p><b>Unit 2 Ethical Theory 101</b></p> <p><b>2.0 Introduction to Unit 2 103</b></p> <p>Moral Agency 104</p> <p>Applying the Theories 105</p> <p>Works Cited 115</p> <p>Online Resources 115</p> <p>Discussion Questions 116</p> <p><b>2.1 Ethical Egoism 117</b></p> <p>The Ethical Framework: Ethical Egoism 119</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: What About Bob ? 121</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: The Proposal 125</p> <p>Short Takes: Clueless 128</p> <p>Outtakes: The Social Network 130</p> <p>Outtakes: The Purple Rose of Cairo 131</p> <p>Outtakes: Solitary Man 132</p> <p>Outtakes: Ghost Town 133</p> <p>Works Cited 133</p> <p>Online Resources 134</p> <p>Discussion Questions 134</p> <p><b>2.2 Cultural Relativism 135</b></p> <p>The Ethical Framework: Cultural Relativism 136</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Witness 138</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Gran Torino 140</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Mutluluk (Bliss) 142</p> <p>Short Takes: Boyz N the Hood 144</p> <p>Short Takes: The Godfather 145</p> <p>Outtakes: The Namesake 147</p> <p>Works Cited 148</p> <p>Online Resources 149</p> <p>Discussion Questions 149</p> <p><b>2.3 Utilitarianism 150</b></p> <p>The Ethical Framework: Utilitarianism 151</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Outbreak 153</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Minority Report 155</p> <p>Short Takes: The Manchurian Candidate 158</p> <p>Short Takes: Torchwood: Children of Earth 159</p> <p>Short Takes: Secrecy 160</p> <p>Outtakes: Star Chamber 162</p> <p>Outtakes: Inception 163</p> <p>Works Cited 165</p> <p>Online Resources 166</p> <p>Discussion Questions 166</p> <p><b>2.4 Kantian Ethics 167</b></p> <p>The Ethical Framework: Kantian Ethics 169</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Alien 171</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: The Truman Show 176</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: School of Rock 178</p> <p>Short Takes: La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) and Cautiva (Captive) 180</p> <p>Short Takes: Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring 182</p> <p>Outtakes: Shattered Glass 183</p> <p>Works Cited 184</p> <p>Online Resources 185</p> <p>Discussion Questions 185</p> <p><b>2.5 Rawls' Justice Theory 186</b></p> <p>The Ethical Framework: Rawls' "Justice As Fairness" 188</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: My Cousin Vinny 190</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: The Accused and The Brave One 193</p> <p>Short Takes: Michael Clayton 197</p> <p>Short Takes: John Q 199</p> <p>Short Takes: Stand and Deliver 201</p> <p>Outtakes: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) 203</p> <p>Outtakes: Food, Inc. and Darwin’s Nightmare 204</p> <p>Works Cited 205</p> <p>Online Resources 205</p> <p>Discussion Questions 206</p> <p><b>2.6 Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics 207</b></p> <p>The Ethical Framework: Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics 208</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: The Insider 210</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: To Kill a Mockingbird 214</p> <p>Short Takes: Idiocracy 218</p> <p>Short Takes: Lethal Weapon 2 219</p> <p>Outtakes: Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and Taxi to the Dark Side 220</p> <p>Works Cited 223</p> <p>Online Resources 223</p> <p>Discussion Questions 224</p> <p><b>2.7 Feminist Ethics 225</b></p> <p>The Ethical Framework: Feminist Ethics 226</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Pleasantville 230</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: The Island 234</p> <p>Short Takes: Terminator 2: Judgment Day 237</p> <p>Short Takes: Secrets and Lies 239</p> <p>Outtakes: Salt 240</p> <p>Works Cited 241</p> <p>Online Resources 242</p> <p>Discussion Questions 242</p> <p><b>Unit 3 Ethical Dilemmas 245</b></p> <p><b>3.0 Introduction to Unit 3 247</b></p> <p>Works Cited 251</p> <p>Online Resources 251</p> <p><b>3.1 Confronting the Dilemma 253</b></p> <p>Setting Up the Dilemma 254</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Fargo 258</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Vitus 263</p> <p>Short Takes: Fearless and The Sweet Hereafter 265</p> <p>Short Takes: The Fabulous Baker Boys and Crazy Heart 267</p> <p>Outtakes: Juno 268</p> <p>Outtakes: Slumdog Millionaire 268</p> <p>Works Cited 269</p> <p>Online Resources 269</p> <p>Discussion Questions 270</p> <p><b>3.2 Encountering Evil 271</b></p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Silence of the Lambs 274</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: The Dark Knight and The Empire Strikes Back 277</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Wizard of Oz 280</p> <p>Short Takes: Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) 283</p> <p>Short Takes: The Matrix 284</p> <p>Outtakes: Fanny and Alexander 285</p> <p>Outtakes: Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog) 285</p> <p>Works Cited 287</p> <p>Online Resources 288</p> <p>Discussion Questions 288</p> <p><b>3.3 Impact of Perspective 289</b></p> <p>Assessing the Impact of Diverse Perspectives 290</p> <p>Frames of Reference 291</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: House of Sand and Fog 292</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: 21 Grams 295</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Powwow Highway 298</p> <p>Short Takes: Så som i himmele (As it is in Heaven) 302</p> <p>Outtakes: Mississippi Masala 304</p> <p>Outtakes: Paradise Now 304</p> <p>Works Cited 305</p> <p>Online Resources 305</p> <p>Discussion Questions 306</p> <p><b>3.4 Reflecting on Ethical Decisions 307</b></p> <p>Ethical Reflection 308</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Touching the Void 311</p> <p>SPOTLIGHT: Sleep Dealer 315</p> <p>Short Takes: Thelma & Louise 318</p> <p>Short Takes: The Verdict 320</p> <p>Short Takes: North Country 321</p> <p>Outtakes: Efter brylluppe (After the Wedding) 324</p> <p>Works Cited 325</p> <p>Online Resources 325</p> <p>Discussion Questions 326</p> <p><b>Unit 4 Conclusion and Sources 327</b></p> <p><b>4.0 Conclusion to the Text 329</b></p> <p>Works Cited 332</p> <p><b>4.1 Reading List 333</b></p> <p><b>4.2 Contemporary Moral Problems 335</b></p> <p><b>4.3 Official Websites 338</b></p> <p>Index 344</p>
<p>“Wanda Teays in <i>Seeing the Light</i>has written an enthusiastic volume for use as the primary textbook for an introductory class in ethics, both normative and applied. Although intended for a post-secondary audience the text could be used successfully in a secondary educational setting as well.” (<i>M</i><i>etapsychology</i><i>,</i> 13 August 2013)</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
<p><b>Wanda Teays</b> is a professor of philosophy and ethics at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, where she is also Chair of the Philosophy Department. She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on ethics, global justice, and critical reasoning, including <i>Bioethics and Culture; Bioethics, Justice, and Health Care;</i> and <i>Second Thoughts: Critical Thinking for a Diverse Society</i>. <p><b>Visit the<i> Seeing The Light</i> website at: www.exploringethics.com or using your smartphone via the QR code.</b>
<p><b>SEEING THE LIGHT</b></br> EXPLORING ETHICS THROUGH MOVIES <p>Wanda Teays is truly an original thinker and captivating writer. Now I know how to answer the question "Have you seen any good movies lately?" Teays analyzes the ethical content of a battery of classical and very recent films, and I can't wait to get a copy of the book and teach it. What an intellectual and emotional blast that will be.</br> <b><i>Rosemarie Tong, UNC Charlotte</i></b> <p>This is a wonderful book! Film is a dynamic vehicle to engage philosophy. You should buy this book if you want to energize your teaching or if you're looking for new avenues for your research. Teays has got it spot on.</br> <b><i>Michael Boylan, Marymount University</i></b> <p>In a visual culture such as ours, movies represent a compelling and surprisingly effective vehicle for ethical reflection. Through the stories that unfold on the big screen—everything from <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> to the Bourne trilogy—viewers can gain profound insights into the moral dimension of their own lives. By a close analysis of a variety of popular movies, foreign films, and documentaries, <i>Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies</i> represents an innovative approach to the study of ethics and the development of moral reasoning skills. Initial chapters focus on the human condition as a springboard for ethical reflection, followed by coverage of how seven major ethical theories can provide a framework for analyzing movies for their moral message. Later chapters reveal how movies help us reflect on ethical decision-making. A diverse range of classic and contemporary films are woven throughout the text to illustrate each argument. Filled with illuminating insights and thoughtful reflection, <i>Seeing the Light</i> reveals an ethical microcosm in the world of film that can help us think more clearly about the choices we face and decisions we make in the real world.
Wanda Teays is truly an original thinker and captivating writer. Now I know how to answer the question "Have you seen any good movies lately?" Teays analyzes the ethical content of a battery of classical and very recent films, and I can't wait to get a copy of the book and teach it. What an intellectual and emotional blast that will be.<br /> <br /> <p>-Rosemarie Tong, UNC Charlotte</p> <p> </p> <p>This is a wonderful book! Film is a dynamic vehicle to engage philosophy. You should buy this book if you want to energize your teaching or if you're looking for new avenues for your research. Teays has got it spot on.<br /> <br /> -Michael Boylan, Marymount University</p>

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