Xavier Philosophy in Film

Our second event of spring 2014 is coming up on March 27th, 6 PM, in the Kennedy Auditorium. Matthew Dunch, S.J., will be leading a discussion of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s (1988) film: Decalogue V. The film is one of a series addressing the Ten Commandments; this one focuses on perhaps the best known: "Thou Shalt Not Kill!" The film addresses a number of philosophical themes, among which is the question of evil. In his discussion, Professor Dunch will address this theme in part through the lens of Hannah Arendt's famous account of the "banality of evil." A selection from the New Yorker that addresses this theme can be found here: /philosophy/pif/documents/DOC032114-03212014154847.pdf (the full article is too large to upload; if you'd like a copy, please contact Professor Dunch or Professor Wood).

As always, free pizza and pop will be served!


About the Philosophy in Film Series

The primary aim of the Xavier University Philosophy in Film Series is to bring together interested students and faculty to appreciate and discuss connections between philosophy and film.

All Xavier students are welcome to attend.  Each event is hosted by a Philosophy Department faculty member, who selets a short text which students are encouraged to read in advance.  After the film, the department host gives a very brief talk and leads a discussion of some philosophical questions raised by the film.

Dr. Wood is the current director of the film series.


Past Events

In fall 2013 two films were featured:
Seconds, hosted by Dr. Aaron Szymkowiak, and Das Experiment, hosted by Dr. James Wood. The accompanying readings for Das Experiment can be found here.

The first film of 2014 was Love and Death, the classic 1975 film by Woody Allen.
Download a selection of brief passages from Descartes' Meditations and Heidegger's Being and Time.