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Thinking Through Film

Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies
Narrated by: Allen O'Reilly
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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An introduction to philosophy through film, Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies combines the exploration of fundamental philosophical issues with the experience of viewing films, and provides an engaging reading experience for undergraduate students, philosophy enthusiasts and film buffs alike. An in-depth yet accessible introduction to the philosophical issues raised by films, film spectatorship and film-making.

Provides 12 self-contained, close discussions of individual films from across genres.

Films discussed include Total Recall, Minority Report, La Promesse, Funny Games, Ikuru, The Dark Knight, Memento, AI and more.

Explores concepts that span epistemology, metaphysics, fate, choice, robot love, time travel, personal identity, spectacle, ethics, luck, regret, consequentialism, deontology and the philosophy of film itself.

A uniquely flexible resource for courses in philosophy and film that encourages student reflection, as well as being an engaging read for the film enthusiast.

©2012 Damian Cox and Michael P. Levine (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • NYC poet
  • 09-04-2014

The racing narration is an impediment.

Would you try another book from Damian Cox and Michael P. Levine and/or Allen O'Reilly?

Yes. .if it were narrated by someone else

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Allen O'Reilly?

The narration is so fast , so Manic as to make it incomprehensible

Could you see Thinking Through Film being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes but with a different narrator and a slower pace. This narration is ridiculous and so fast the ideas begin to seem like gibberish.

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I listen to a lot of audiobooks. This was the worst in terms of speed.

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  • Ryan Baumbach
  • 03-02-2016

Slow down!

Enjoyed this exploration of film and philosophy. I normally listen on 1.25 speed which may be a little too fast for this book as the voice actor seemed to be in a hurry, even without the extra speed.

The book talks about different schools of philosophy through about eight different movies or so, most of which I had seen. Philosophical books are much more enjoyable when philosophy is discussed and not preached. Cinephiles and nouveaux philosophers should enjoy this alike.

I almost feel this book warrants multiple readings to absorb all the details.