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Watchmen: Philosophy

Watchmen: Philosophy










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This meeting will dive into the ideas presented in the movie "Watchmen". 

Each charter in the film represents a philosophical idea, or a specific philosophy.  

The meeting has required homework before attending. 

1. See the movie. (reading the comic is a bonus)

2. Identify the ideas behind each character.

3. Be prepared to present your ideas.

I will have a copy of the film on-hand at the meeting. Contact me if you would like to show a segment. This film contains adult content. 

For some additional background on the ideas behind the film. Watchmen is partly a response to the comics written by Steve Ditko, called "Mr. A" and "Avenging World".

The character Rorschach is a critique of Mr. A and the ideas that inspired Steve Ditko (the philosophy of Ayn Rand).

Please note: I do not endorse the personal philosophy of Alan Moore. With that said, the Watchmen is a tremendous artistic and literary achievement.  





























































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  • Jonathan

    Good thinking came out of this meeting. We hit some good issues in philosophy: god, morality, man, sacrifice, sexuality (psychology), the good, etc.

    December 7, 2011

  • Steve

    We shared interesting insights about the film, which contains numerous philosophical constructs. I thought the most interesting aspect was our discussion of the depiction of the character Dr. Manhattan, and his plight about having many similarities with a Supreme Being. Another point worth noting was our delving into the ever-popular notion of sacrificing the few to (purportedly) save the many; i.e., do the (supposed) ends justify the means, and how is that philosophical?

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks interesting, but the movie isn't playing anywhere nor in a Redbox near me.

    November 30, 2011

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