Xavier Philosophy in Film
Join us Tuesday, April 22, at 7PM in Kennedy Auditorium (CLC 412) for a showing of The Shawshank Redemption. Following the film, students and faculty from the philosophy department will lead a discussion of the film in relation to some reflections on human freedom by Benedict Spinoza. The reading selection can be found here. Free pizza and drinks 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.
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.
Our second event of spring 2014 was 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 Matthew Dunch, S.J., addressed 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).