Continuing our week-long feature of Paul W. Kahn’s Finding Ourselves at the Movies, we present today an excerpt from the opening chapter of the book, titled “Philosophy, Democracy, and the Turn to Film.” In it, Kahn grapples with the idea that philosophy has lost much of its mainstream acceptance, often viewed as immaterial, inaccessible, or esoteric by many. But defending philosophy from such criticism, Kahn argues, is the act of practicing philosophy itself. “We learn philosophy by engaging with each other in a critical examination of our own beliefs and practices.”
And what better place to begin such a discourse than with popular movies?
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