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PHIL 5555 Quest for Authenticity: Philosophy and Film (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

From the beginnings of the New Left to present-day culture, the desire to be authentically one’s self has become commonplace. The concept of authenticity permeates the whole of culture. Whether in advertising, entertainment, political life, or the moral life, to be authentic is to be true to some higher standard; it is to be the genuine article. To speak about the desire to become an authentic human being suggests the need to overcome a dichotomy between what you are and what you want to be. It is to overcome both personal and cultural alienation. The purpose of this course will be to first render a philosophical understanding of what it means to be an authentic human being. Second, we will then explore how this quest for authenticity, properly understood, gets expressed through contemporary film.


Instructor(s): Brian J. Braman

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 03-Mar-14