Philosophy and Film

 ALL756-C     12 Weeks      Fridays 1:00-4:00     Start Date 13-Sep
Grossman 106     Limit 20

This course explores some of the great ideas of both Eastern and Western thought. To understand the ideas as best we can, we will view and discuss six classic American films that illustrate them: The MatrixCrimes and MisdemeanorsGroundhog Day, High Noon, Double Indemnity and On the Waterfront. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required, but a love of films and a desire to improve critical thinking about them is. *Class times will vary in length. Those classes in which we introduce a topic will be 90 minutes (weeks 1,3,5,7,9,11). Those classes in which we view and discuss the film will be three hours (weeks 2,4,6,8,10,12).

Coordinator: Tom Gotsill   

Tom taught literature, philosophy and humanities on the secondary level for 40 years. He also taught graduate courses at Northeastern University. He is a writer whose work can be found at