Movie Screening: Examined Life

The San Diego Philosophy Forum is pleased to announce a 6:30 PM screening of the philosophy documentary Examined Life.

This event, open to the public, will take place 6:30-8:00 PM, PLEASE NOTE the revised/normal start. Tuesday, November 26 at the North University Public Library: 8820 Judicial Dr. (near the 805 highway's Nobel Exit); Lib. ph. (858) 581-9637.  The movie is discretely "chunked," so discrete late arrivals are okay...

Bring dinner if you'd like. Light refreshments also available. More information, if any, will be posted, as available, to SDPhil.org. Call (619)[masked] for details.

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This compelling movie features interviews with several famous modern Philosophers practicing today, including Cornell West and Peter Singer of "Animal Rights" fame. Some of the lesser known names were even more compelling. (The SDPL Forum sponsor Trevor Jones may lead a Moderated discussion after.)

Information from Wikipedia follows:

Examined Life is a 2008 documentary film directed by Astra Taylor. The film features eight influential contemporary philosophers walking around New York and other metropolises and discussing the practical application of their ideas in modern culture.

The philosophers featured are Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Žižek, and Judith Butler, who is accompanied by Taylor's sister Sunny, a disability activist.

The film appeared in the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival and the 2009 Kingston Canadian Film Festival. It is co-produced by Sphinx Productions and the National Film Board of Canada, in association with the Ontario Media Development Corporation, TVOntario and Knowledge Network.

Reception has been generally favorable (Rotten Tomatoes gives it 76%),[1] however Martha Nussbaum subsequently complained in The Point that although Examined Life displays "a keen visual imagination and a vivid sense of atmosphere and place" it nonetheless "presents a portrait of philosophy that is ... a betrayal of the tradition of philosophizing that began, in Europe, with the life of Socrates".[2]

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  • Ron S.

    I found a neighbor that is interested in Philosophy and is willing to dive. She willing bring her daughter and I will bring my good friend Wayne (who has a PHD in Philosophy).That makes 4
    of us. RON

    1 · November 20, 2013

    • Andrew

      Ron, thanks for inviting others. If you have trouble attending in the future, I may be able to see if anyone is able to carpool from your area.

      January 12, 2014

  • Brent

    In the movie, Cornell West was very good as always. Other than him, the philosopher I found most interesting was the man who talked about trash and trash management. He said it is false to think that we can deal with the garbage of our lives by enjoying nature, by fostering a love of nature through communion with it. Such communion and such creaturely intimacy actually hides and masks the problem. Through this enjoyment of nature, we simply cannot believe that anything could destroy this beauty.

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Derek B.

      What you describe I call the "wilderness complex": An objectification of nature that serves as a cognitive release valve to highly structured and ordered existence through the sublime, thus, the impact is symptomatic rather than communal in any sense, actually serving to distance oneself from the latter as a call for more structure and order atop an ever growing distaste for humanity. It is a means of suppression.

      1 · November 27, 2013

    • Derek B.

      What I mean is pursuing nature for recreation and sport as opposed to, say, organic farming, sustainable hunting/fishing and forestry, or actually making a life in the woods. An overview of the former often begins with counting of days until vacation time and a day off, prior, to organize and assemble all the necessities required (e.g., hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and, now, sadly, drinkable water inventions, etc.) It's a time to forget about work and enjoy oneself. The magic, if you like, arises from the sublimity of being in nature: her sheer power, awe, beauty; a connection is made and the self is sublimated to a degree. Then it's back to work. A quick step into the shade, however, reveals no large and cunning predators that might breach the limits of the sublime, moderate or nuisance threats often killed or relocated, and water that will make you sick. Beauty notwithstanding: Is this communing with nature? Does she even have a say?

      1 · November 27, 2013

  • Phil C

    The movie did not have enough time to examine the question. I actually like the discussion afterwards better.

    2 · November 26, 2013

  • Ron S.

    If I can find someone to go with me that can drive. My license says no driving after sunset.

    November 13, 2013

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