A1: PHILOSOPHY AND THE ARTS
Many philosophers have chosen to express philosophy in the form of dialogues, plays, novel, and other literary forms. Filmmakers have
often chosen philosophical themes as the focus of their messages on film. This section of the course allows us to see the relationship
between philosophy and the arts.
You have one assignment in the part of the course. Please submit before the end Week 6
Here are some steps to guide you: RESERVE A FILM; NO DUPLICATES ALLOWED.
1. Choose a film, dialogue, play, novel, or visit a philosophical exhibit and write a short paper (500-750 words about your
experiences.) Choose something you have not seen before. Summarize the main points of this experience. Use the discussion post format.
NO ATTACHMENTS PLEASE.
2. Think of the relationship of the film or literature to an issue in philosophy of religion, e.g., a concept in one of the religions,
or a classical theme in the philosophy of religion such as the problem of evil, the existence of God, free will vs. determinism, etc.
You may draw from your knowledge of the philosophy of religion from this course or other online or library research.
3. Draw some conclusions about the philosophical material you’ve experienced by showing how this may have contributed to your own
development or understanding of a social/political contemporary issue. (Refer to Encylopedia of Philosophy (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site. in this link or in the Webliography tab above)
In sum: your final post should have these three points covered and marked clearly.
Part 1: Summary of experience (Name the film, novel, etc. and describe the main points)
Part 2: Relation to philosophical theme or issue
Part 3: Conclusion about personal development and/or contemporary social/political issue