Reading and Film Group

Our Reading and Film Group takes place every Monday evening at 7pm. The group follows a block schedule, starting with two weeks of reading groups at 7pm at Teviot, New Amphion (Map). This is followed by a film screening at 6:30pm (location is announced each week), in relation to the relevant philosophical issues.

Reading and Film Group Spring 2020



13/1Film: The Witch (2015) dir. Robert EggersWitchcraft
20/1Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici
27/1The Crucible by Arthur Miller
3/2The Visible Man or the Culture of Film by Bela BalazsPhilosophy of FIlm
10/2The Decay of Cinema by Susan Sontag
17/2Film: Salaam Cinema (1995) dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf
24/2Notes on Camp by Susan SontagCamp
2/3The World in the Evening by Christopher Isherwood
9/3The Structure of Iki by Kuku ShuzoJapanese Philosophy
16/3In Praise of Shadows by Jun'Ichiro Tanizaki
23/3Paris is Burning (1990) dir. Jennie LivingstonCamp Film (Due to industrial action, we've chosen to move this screening as to not force students to cross picket lines)
30/3Late Spring (1949) dir. Yasujiro OzuJapanese Philosophy Film

Details about the Film/ Reading Group Structure:

  • Our main goal is to work through the core argument of each text and, patience and time permitting, some of the nuances, objections, and responses.
  • The reading group will progress in blocks of  2 readings and 1 film, and we have set films and readings that are related or linked together in some way.  However,  each week is entirely comprehensible in isolation. Even if you are interested in only one of the papers, or just the film, or both of the papers but not the film, you are still more than welcome to attend!
  • Don’t be intimidated by any of the texts. It is rare that a philosophical text will be completely clear to the reader upon first attempt. Ideas and arguments will need to be teased out through further thinking and sometimes repeated reading, especially if the writing is overly technical or pompous (something not uncommon in this discipline).
  • We still encourage those interested to come to the reading group even if they have not read the text in its entirety, or they are uncertain about the core argument. The  point of the reading group is to facilitate understanding of the reading in a comfortable setting, so do not be afraid if you have questions or want to go over certain things more slowly or in more detail.
  • For more technical, in-depth guidelines on how to read a philosophy paper, we recommend Jim Pryor’s guide.