Philosophy in Movies: Free Will & Determinism
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
This film deals with the subject of brainwashing.
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
I haven't seen this remake of the old classic.
A Clockwork Orange (1972)
A criminal is brainwashed into being non-violent.
Minority Report (2002)
Potential criminals are identified and arrested before committing their crimes.
A man struggles to overcome his biological destiny.
Is a man disabled by short term memory loss really able to act freely?
The Adjustment Bureau (2011) (2011)
An affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart. Thanks to Xanadon't for the suggestion.
American History X (1998)
A violent neo-Nazi makes the unexpected choice to reject racism, anti-Semitism and violence.
Run Lola Run (1998)
This German film explores the idea that even small choices can alter the course of our lives. Thanks to Xanadon't for the suggestion.
I am seeking movies for a curriculum on Film Studies & Philosophy I'm writing for my homeschooled teen-ager and me. This section deals with determinism and free will. Are our choices determined for us, or do we have free will? Comments and suggestions are enthusiastically welcomed. :-)
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