Filmmaking in the Philosophy Classroom

Teaching Philosophy 33 (4):375-397 (2010)
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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.



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