Monsters, Mobsters, and Metaphysics: Philosophical Issues in Film

We love our gangster movies, especially in Chicago. And we pay good money to be frightened and terrified in our horror films. But deeper themes emerge when we explore the philosophical ideas embedded in Hollywood movies and TV shows. How are values and ethical convictions contrasted and challenged in these movies? What do they say about meaning? How are ideas like nihilism, existentialism, hedonism, alienation, and even justice and happiness conveyed in stories like The Godfather, Goodfellas, The Shining, The Thing, The Walking Dead, and so on? In this program, Dr. Stephen Asma will analyze the philosophical ideas in the particular genres of horror and gangster films.