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.
Awake is a science fiction thriller. A global catastrophe causes the human race to be unable to sleep. Officials race desperately to try to determine the cause of and the cure for this strange disease or affliction. A woman realizes her daughter can sleep and may be the only hope for solving this mystery and saving the world. Jill must decide whether to sacrifice her daughter for the sake of the whole.
Awake is an opportunity to discuss the conflict between self-interest and nepotism and utilitarian maximization of happiness. Students can debate whether Jill is obligated to save humanity or whether a moral argument can be made for protecting her own child.
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