What is philosophy: a film that inspires philosophical questioning and reflection

Answer ANY 6 of the 8 questions below.

Make sure you answer every part to every question. Make sure your answers are clear and well-explained. (Each answer should be around a paragraph long.)

Read: In Philosophy through Film (course text book) – Introduction, pages 1 – 8 & Plato′s ″Allegory of the Cave″ pages 276 – 278 If you do not have the book, see L & K Introduction.pdf Download L & K Introduction.pdffor the Introduction and Plato′s Allegory of the Cave.pdf Download Plato′s Allegory of the Cave.pdffor the Plato reading. Read: Plato′s Allegory of the Cave Explained.pdf Download Plato′s Allegory of the Cave Explained.pdf Watch: Orson Well′s Adaptation of Plato′s Cave. https://aeon.co/videos/orson-welless-psychedelic-1973-adaptation-of-platos-timeless-allegory-of-the-cave (Links to an external site.)

1. In your own words, explain what you think philosophy is. Include some philosophical questions that you find interesting.

2. Explain, in your own words, what Plato is trying to say by comparing the prisoners and humankind, and the cave and the visible world. How should we find true knowledge?

3. At the end of Orson Well′s Adaptation of Plato′s Cave, the narrator says that it is ″the task of the enlightened one to ascend to learning and to see the good, but also to descend back down to the prisoners to share with them their troubles, even at the prospect of death″. Explain why Plato believes that the enlightened ones not only have a duty to learn and see the good, but also to go back down to the prisoners?

4. Pick and explain one of the two bullet points below. How does this reasoning support Litch and Karofshys′ view on Plato and cinema. Litch and Karofsky argue that Plato would not see cinema the same way as he sees the cave because: Plato was rejecting an ″empirical based method for doing philosophy, and not a rejection of ′shadows′ as a possible medium for reproducing philosophical arguments.″ P. 3 Plato wrote most of his works as a dialogue because he viewed it as the best means for gaining philosophical insight

5. Litch and Karofsky argue that film can be similar to philosophical ″thought experiments″.

Explain. 6. Think of a film that you have seen that has inspired philosophical questioning and reflection or has helped you shift your perspective and critically think about an issue. Which film was it and explain your experience? Read: sections: 1.The Idea of the Philosophy of Film and 2. The Nature of Film from https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/film/ (Links to an external site.)

7. (Ref. – 1.The Idea of the Philosophy of Film.) Just using your own background knowledge (your education, your experience) what do you think of the idea that philosophy of film should take a scientific approach that emphasizes viewers′ conscious processing or theorizing of films, instead of other approaches, like those found in the humanities. 8. (Ref. – 2. The Nature of Film) Do you think film should be considered an independent art form? NOTE: Please reach out if you find yourself struggling with the reading, the questions, particular concepts (e.g. empirical, thought experiments, etc.), etc.

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