Philosophers in the Movies

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Following Wolf's link to Helen Mirren as Ayn Rand, gave me this:

Five of the ten films are about Nietzsche. Also, despite the actual ideas of most of these,  I found it typically sad that their "official" review of The Passion of Ayn Rand was such a slur:


The rather eccentric (especially in her thinking) author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" becomes involved with a much younger, and married man... to the dismay of those close to her. (104 mins.)

Take Socrates…  In The Clouds, he is satirized as offering "wrong logic" that can be used to disprove obvious truths.  In The Clouds, the father of the wastrel youth wants Socrates to teach him "wrong logic" so that he can argue away his creditors. Meanwhile, Socrates is in a washtub hung from the ceiling so that he can be closer to the highest truths.  Just sayin'… by what standard is any philosopher not guilty of "eccentric" ideas?

We saw Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure back in the 1980s, and we still speak of "philosophizing with So-crates." Like when my wife is going to ask me what I have been doing all afternoon, I am going to say "philosophizing with So-crates and my Objectivist friends."

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Have a look at "Agora"   It is about Hypatia,  mathematician,  philosopher and victim of Christian evil.

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