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Summer 2018

All courses on this list are open to Alumni. Community members are eligible to take the courses listed below that are offered on the campus nearest to them. For information about eligibility, please visit our Community Audit page.

The following is a guide to Tufts University Summer Session undergraduate and graduate course numbers:

  • 0001 - 0099: undergraduate credit only
  • 0100 - 0199: undergraduate or graduate
  • 0200 & Up: strictly graduate

Notes:

  • Some course descriptions contain Tufts University information pertaining to fall and spring offerings of the same course. Where possible, summer specific information has been provided.
  • Pre-requisite and prior study/learning recommendations are indicated in course descriptions. Students who do not attend Tufts in the fall or spring terms should pay attention to these indications when making course selections. If you have questions, contact the instructor or sponsoring department.

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Title:   Philosophy & Film      

Course Number:      PHIL 0054B
Campus: Medford/Somer.   
Room: TBA

Course Description:

Introduction to the study of film as a philosophical medium.  Centers on film's capacity to bring out the ethical dimensions of the problem of distinguishing reality from illusion.  A classic or contemporary film paired with a philosophical text each week.
 
According to Hamlet, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in philosophy.  Maybe he was right.  What Hamlet couldn't know, however, was that today the dreams of philosophy may be made real by movies. Take some recent movies such as The Matrix, Inception, or Memento.  Or less recent ones, such as Blade Runner, 2001, or Clockwork Orange. They are all philosophical movies, that is, movies that bring out, and help us in understanding, some of the deepest problems that philosophers have been tackling: how can we be free if we are subject to the laws of nature? How can we be sure that the world we perceive as real is real?  Is there such a thing as the right answer to ethical dilemmas? And, finally, what is that makes cinema an art - and perhaps the most relevant art nowadays.
  

Instructor: Mario DeCaro           Instructor Website

Offered in: Second session
Class Dates: Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 to Friday, Aug 10, 2018
Day(s): MW           Times: 6:00-9:30 PM                     
Status: Open

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