The Examined Life

” Philosophy Documentary

The Examined Life

The documentary speaks with some of the world’s leading thinkers on how to apply philosophy to modern life.

Notable figures such as Cornel West, Peter Singer, Martha Nussbaum, Slavoj Zizek, and more are given 10 minutes each to discuss topics of personal interest, all set against the backdrop of life in a modern city.

The documentary is notable for covering a wide range of subject matter, including ethics in the 21st century, the impact of globalization, shifting concepts of political organization, the need for compassion in a shrinking world, and whether or not philosophy itself is the right tool to seek out a meaningful life.

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Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today’s most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas.

Peter Singer’s thoughts on the ethics of consumption are amplified against the backdrop of Fifth Avenue’s posh boutiques. Michael Hardt ponders the nature of revolution while surrounded by symbols of wealth and leisure.

Judith Butler and a friend stroll through San Francisco’s Mission District questioning our culture’s on individualism.

And while driving through Manhattan, Cornel West – perhaps America’s best-known public intellectual – compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how intense and invigorating a life of the mind can be.

Offering privileged moments with great thinkers from fields ranging from moral philosophy to cultural theory,

Examined Life reveals philosophy’s power to transform the way we see the world around us and imagine our place in it.

Episode 113: Jesus’s Parables | The Partially Examined Life | A …
Interpreting the Parables using texts from Paul Ricoeur, John Dominic Crossan, Paul Tillich, et al, with guest Law Ware.

Episode 110: Alfred North Whitehead – The Partially Examined Life
On “The Concept of Nature” (1920) about the connection between experience and science. We experience only events; everything else is an abstraction.

Examined Life | Film Reviews | Films | Spirituality & Practice
Astra Taylor, the director of this unusual and , understands the connection between walking and thinking. In this imaginatively wrought creation, she presents eight intellectuals each offering their own special …


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