Philosophy in Film: 28 Days Later

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: On Campus, King Hall 3014

Why do we take pleasure in Tragedy? Why do some of us enjoy listening to the sadness of a song, or staring at the portrayal of a horror scene? This brief essay by Hume Of Tragedy will help articulate the question and look into what “seems an unaccountable pleasure which the spectators of a well-written tragedy receive from sorrow, terror, anxiety, and other passions, that are in themselves disagreeable and uneasy.”

If you have gained an interpretation of Tragedy from elsewhere such as: Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche, etc., that too would be a welcomed take on the film but not at all necessary. The only prerequisite is that you experience the pain and joy of Tragedy. Many films eloquently display sorrow, terror, anxiety as: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, and Godrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi, as several others illustrate Tragedy beautifully. Good films are careful studies of human nature with the added distance of being  “just a story” that may be needed to seduce one in, as well as provide the nerve to look closer. Here the genre of post apocalyptic zombie movies might serve as thee exemplar par excellence; and so with that in mind we should watch and discuss the film 28 Days Later directed by Danny Boyle. You do not want to miss out!


2 thoughts on “Philosophy in Film: 28 Days Later

  1. Not sure if anyone was aware of this but there is a direct reference to this film and how a specific scene illustrates an aspect of Spinoza’s philosophy in Dr. Jay Conway’s book…

    1. Thanks for mentioning that…
      We did, but it is worth bringing up again here that Conway writes about this moment in the film; a beautifully reassuring scene where a family of horses are ridding seemingly unaffected by all the rage the virus has caused our population; illustrating that different bodies have different powers to resist destructions. Even pointing to interesting ways of speaking of the living dead as not only metaphorical …crazy cool shit.

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