Philosophy in Film Series presents
Harold Ramis’ "Groundhog Day" (1993)
Alter B-11, September 9, 2008, 7 pm
Pizza, pop, and snacks will be served.
After the film, students are invited to participate in conversation with
Dr. Dan Dwyer and members of the philosophy department. Theme for discussion: The development of ethical character through habituation…over, and over, …and over, …and over, …and over, ...and over again
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics I.7, Ross translation:
Now if the function of man is an activity of soul which follows or implies a rational principle, and if we say 'so-and-so' and 'a good so-and-so' have a function which is the same in kind, e.g. a lyre, and a good lyre-player, and so without qualification in all cases, eminence in respect of goodness being added to the name of the function (for the function of a lyre-player is to play the lyre, and that of a good lyre-player is to do so well): if this is the case, and we state the function of man to be a certain kind of life, and this to be an activity or actions of the soul implying a rational principle, and the function of a good man to be the good and noble performance of these, and if any action is well performed when it is performed in accordance with the appropriate excellence: if this is the case, human good turns out to be activity of soul in accordance with virtue, and if there are more than one virtue, in accordance with the best and most complete.