Philosophy in Film: The Seventh Seal

THE SEVENTH SEAL [1957] Image

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Time: 6:10pm ā€“ 9:30pm
Location: On Campus, Room King Hall B1013

Next in our series of open discussions about philosophy in film is the classic, The Seventh Seal directed by Ingmar Bergman.

“Is it so terribly inconceivable to comprehend God with one’s senses? Why does He hide in a cloud of half-promises and unseen miracles? How can we believe in the faithful when we lack faith? What will happen to us who want to believe, but can not? What about those who neither want to nor can believe? Why can’t I kill God in me? Why does He live on in me in a humiliating way …despite my wanting to evict Him from my heart? Why is He, despite all, a mocking reality I can’t be rid of.”

So we hope to see you next Wednesday for the discussion, or check out The Seventh Seal and reply what you think about the flick here.

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2 thoughts on “Philosophy in Film: The Seventh Seal

  1. The members of the club had a really informative discussion on this film. One point I failed to mention is how the unique social paradigm (or pressure) behind the debate on a divine authority is itself a true challenge to the epistemological structures that bind a society. No matter what position an individual takes on a divine entity that supposedly presides over and influences our actions, it is that very dialogue (preferably open) that brings awareness to our very own social ties and relations. So, should the question be a matter of what we know (about ourselves in a social context), rather than what we believe (regarding the hidden structures of the world) that may better enrich our social and political relations? Personally, if the question regarding God and spirituality is unable to address issues pertaining to our social affairs (versus metaphysical), then I fail to see the philosophical import of contentions arising over differences of faith and belief. However, the issue is arguably greater than the limited context by which I perceive it.Great discussion overall, and I look forward to the next movie night!

  2. I did not get to see the whole film yet-Boy this is what I call a MATTERING RELATION! I had fun with the moviea sort of taboo/grim subject so artistically conceived.

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