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Unformatted text preview: PHILOSOPHY 364 – Summer 2011 Aesthetics of Film Instructor: Richard Dub E-mail: [email protected] Class location: Scott Hall 102 Class meeting time: TTh 6:00–9:55 Office: 1 Seminary Place, room 002 Office hours: W 4:00–5:30 Course Description and Goals This course is an introduction to the philosophy of film. We will discuss questions such as: What is film? Can film produce aesthetic value in ways that other artistic media can’t? Are motion pictures illusions? Is the intent of the director important in producing the meaning of a film? How and why do films move us emotionally? Can documentaries be free of bias? By the conclusion of the course, you will have: • become familiar with current debates in aesthetics. • become more knowledgable about what makes motion pictures unique. • become more adept at extracting arguments from philosophical papers and criticizing them. • discovered new ways to think about films and new ways to have discussions about them. Course Materials We’ll be reading two or three papers for each class. Reading the papers, and reading them suffi- ciently closely that you are prepared to discuss them, is mandatory. Readings will be available in a shared folder on Dropbox. If you don’t currently have a Dropbox account, you can sign up for free at http://db.tt/waBhdmI . Once you have an account, please send me the e-mail address that is linked to your account, and I will give you access to the shared folder. In the shared folder, you’ll also find additional optional readings for most classes. If you find the topic interesting, you may wish to read up on it further. You also might find these extra readings useful for writing your final paper. We’ll be watching a movie each week. Movies will be screened in-class every Tuesday. You might also wish to watch the movies at home. It might be a good idea to sign up for Netflix if you don’t already have an account. 1 Grading Final grades will be based on your choice of the following two grading schemes: 1. One-page response papers due each Tuesday: 20 percent. Short post-movie quizzes: 10 percent. Class participation and discussion: 20 percent. A final (9 to 12 page) paper: 50 percent. 2. One-page response papers due each Tuesday: 10 percent....
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