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Philosophy at the Showroom: June film 'The Dark Knight Rises' (2012)

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Philosophy at the Showroom is a series of sessions probing the philosophical questions raised by some of cinema's most intriguing films, and discussing books that have philosophical themes (either philosophical texts, or other works that raise philosophical questions). Our obligations to others, heroism, death, and the functioning of the mind are just some of the themes these screenings and the book events have explored.

The talks will not presuppose any prior knowledge of philosophy, and we hope they will lead to the development of a thriving community of those interested in the subject in the city. Following the showing of the film, there will then be a short talk from a philosopher, and then general discussion. You will need to pay the usual Showroom ticket charge for seeing the film.

June's Session

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) introduced by Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis (School of Law)

Thursday 28th June *Please note change to usual start time: 5.45pm*

Theme: Conservatism and reaction

Dark Knight Rises is about the restoration of hierarchy and order following up a nihilistic resurrection by Gotham City's underclass under Bane's leadership. Characterised variously as a 'fascistic masterpiece' or a 'right-wing blockbuster', the film raises deep issues about social order, the nature of political rule and the justification of hierarchy. Is crashing Bane's nihilistic and short-lived Reign of Terror a reactionary fantasy or, rather, a critique of the idea that the only thing that can justify contemporary political orders is fear of the uncontrollable masses?

Tickets are available directly from the Showroom and are £4.50 for anyone under 26

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