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Russell Blackford, University of Newcastle Philosophers and blockbusters There are at least three reasons why philosophers take an interest in hugely popular cultural products such Hollywood
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Russell Blackford, University of Newcastle Philosophers and blockbusters There are at least three reasons why philosophers take an interest in hugely popular cultural products such Hollywood blockbuster action movies. First is a kind of (non-objectionable) opportunism. At least some of these movies, etc., grapple with philosophical issues: usually moral issues, but sometimes metaphysical and epistemological ones, such as those relating to personal identity or to the problems of appearance versus reality. If these are brought to public attention in very popular forms, it provides an opportunity for philosophers to discuss – and perhaps clarify – them. There’s nothing wrong with that: the exercise may be enjoyable, and even educational, all round, though the various discussions that follow may not tell us much about the actual merits of the movie (book, video game, or whatever) that acted as the springboard. Second, there might be more to the exercise than mere opportunism.. . .

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