Finding ourselves at the movies philosophy for a new generation paul kahn on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers academic philosophy may have lost its audience but the traditional subjects of philosophy love death justice. Finding ourselves at the movies defends another relationship between the thinker and the public enacting what it theorizes in illuminating commentaries on films kahn makes us reconsider movies as reflections of our collective imagination and public commitments samuel moyn columbia university. Academic philosophy may have lost its audience but the traditional subjects of philosophy love death justice knowledge and faith remain as compelling as ever to reach a new generation paul w kahn argues that philosophy must take up these fundamental concerns as we find them in contemporary culture. In finding ourselves at the movies philosophy for a new generation paul w kahn reconsiders the relationship between philosophy self reflection and film based on two fundamental assumptions 1 philosophy is not abstract knowledge but a critical way of reflecting on life and 2 a popular film can offer a thought provoking narrative and does not simply provide a temporary escape from real . Paul w kahns elegant book is a fascinating intervention in this area of interest which addresses from a philosophical perspective the question of how we might find ourselves at the movies one of kahns stated ambitions is to write a book that is not aimed at the professional audience of scholars from philosophy or from film studies but
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