The Cinema as Instrument for Teaching Global Ethics
The use of movies as a tool for teaching ethics and bioethics has the virtue of drawing attention to several different issues, through an instrument of entertainment. With the help of the internet, one has access to a variety of interesting films, some of which are presented here. As it is common with movies, many of them are not original productions, and are based on another literary medium such as a play or a novel. That is the case of Death and the Maiden, An Enemy of the People and The Trial of God, which are originally plays, and A Clockwork Orange, which is a novel. Of the cases presented here, only Decalogue was originally intended as a movie. This only makes them even more intellectually rich, giving us the opportunity to discuss themes with global appeal such as Kantian versus utilitarian moral choices, free will, the divine beneficence, or even the role of a professor of ethics. The result is a very efficient way to engage the students’ attention, the first step towards a successful course of ethics.
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