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.
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%), 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".