Friday, April 25, 2014

Groundhog Day and Aristotle

Here's an interesting article, from Charles Murray, that suggests that 20-somethings might be better off skipping Aristotle's 'Ethics' and watching and rewatching the movie 'Groundhog Day'.  (I'm going to assume that everyone reading this has seen the movie, but if you haven't, you probably should.)  Murray says that 'Groundhog Day' represents an argument against hedonism and that interpretation has a lot going for it.  Anyway, I very much like the idea of picking out modern movies to highlight various philosophical approaches.  Movies represent a clear picture of 'culture', maybe the clearest out there today.  Certainly they speak to the widest audience.
I'm not arguing against reading Aristotle, but some framework to use as comparison is pretty useful.

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