Incorporate films, TV episodes, podcasts, and other media that include plots or conversations related to ethics and the activity of
Incorporate films, TV episodes, podcasts, and other media that include plots or conversations related to ethics and the activity of philosophical inquiry as an in-class activity. By viewing popular media, students understand that philosophical ideas and ethical issues are part of everyday, contemporary life. The suggested film and questions offer an opportunity for reflection on why the textual material matters, which can be used as the basis for discussion or assessment.
a. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) 107 minutes. In this film, Robert McNamara reflects on his military experience in the Pacific Theater during World War II, discusses his tenure as Secretary of Defense under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and presents eleven lessons learned from those experiences.
b. Many of the topics in this chapter are found in McNamara's eleven lessons; students can find these concepts in action. In addition to illustrating the major concepts of this chapter, the film also brings to students' attention a major figure in recent American history.
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