David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (2):277-294 (2006)
With the exception of pornography, the morality of popular forms of entertainment has not been studied extensively by philosophers. The present paper aims to start discussion on the moral status of horror films, whose popularity and success has grown steadily since the 1970s. In particular, the author focuses on so-called “slasher” or “gorefest” films, where the narration revolves around the graphic and realistic depiction of a series of murders. The paper’s main thesis is that it is immoral to produce, distribute, and view films of this kind. The reasons are traced back to two facts: 1) living the moral life requires being disposed to react compassionately to the sight of human victimization, and 2) the most violent horror films either overwhelm the spectator or promote a detachment from violence that may interfere with the development and maintenance of the correct reactive attitudes to human victimization
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Scott Woodcock (2013). Horror Films and the Argument From Reactive Attitudes. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (2):309-324.
S. Evan Kreider (2008). The Virtue of Horror Films. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 22 (1):149-157.
Gianluca di Muzio (2006). The Immorality of Horror Films. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (2):277-294.
Thomas Richard Fahy (ed.) (2010). The Philosophy of Horror. University Press of Kentucky.
Curtis Bowman (2003). Horror's Philosophic Auteurs: Heidegger, the Uncanny, and Jacques Tourneur's Horror Films. In Steven Jay Schneider & Daniel Shaw (eds.), Dark Thoughts: Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror. Scarecrow Press
Steven Jay Schneider & Daniel Shaw (eds.) (2003). Dark Thoughts: Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror. Scarecrow Press.
Jenifer Meynell (1978). Values and Violence: A Study of the Films of Clint Eastwood. Journal of Moral Education 7 (2):109-113.
Aaron Smuts (2003). Haunting the House From Within: Disbelief, Mitigation, and Spatial Experience. In Steven Jay Schneider & Daniel Shaw (eds.), Film-Philosophy. Scarecrow Press 158--173.
John Dilworth (2003). Ariadne at the Movies. Contemporary Aesthetics 1 (1).
Jim Hillier (ed.) (1985). Cahiers Du Cinéma, the 1950s: Neo-Realism, Hollywood, New Wave. Harvard University Press.
Aaron Smuts (2002). Sympathetic Spectators: Roman Polanski's Le Locataire (The Tenant, 1976). Kinoeye 2 (3).
Scott A. Lukas & John Marmysz (eds.) (2009). Fear, Cultural Anxiety, and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films Remade. Lexington Books.
Jesse Prinz (2011). When is Film Art? Revue Internationale de Philosophie 4:473-485.
Sander H. Lee (1985). Existential Themes in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock. Philosophy Research Archives 11:225-244.
Added to index2011-12-02
Total downloads43 ( #92,394 of 1,789,832 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #166,717 of 1,789,832 )
How can I increase my downloads?