Examined LifeAstra Taylor

Philosophy is a living, active discipline. An impressive group of contemporary thinkers talk about their work and how it relates to today's society. 'Examined Life' takes philosophy out of the closed off world of academics and brings it back to the hectic life of the street. Join some of the great thinkers of our time and discover the power of philosophy to change the way we see the world around us.

This documentary follows various modern thinkers, from fields ranging from ethics to cultural philosophy, in locations related to their work and ideas. For example, ethicist Peter Singer talks about the limits of consumer society on the expensive and trendy Fifth Avenue. Cornel West, a noted African-American intellectual, compares philosophy to jazz and blues while driving through Manhattan. Slavoj Žižek denounces popular ecological issues from London's rubbish dumps. Michael Hardt, Judith Butler, Martha Nussbaum and Kwame Anthony Appiah also pass by in this kaleidoscope of contemporary philosophy.


This film is part of...

International selection

International competition for best documentary. The winning film is awarded the Canvas Jury Award and will be longlisted for the Academy Awards.



Screening times
Buy tickets

Filminfo

Directed by Astra Taylor
Canada
2008 87 min.
English
No subtitles


Programme

International selection

credits
Director

Astra Taylor

Script

Astra Taylor

Production company

Sphinx production

Cinematography

John M. Tran

Editing

Robert Kennedy

Music

Heather McIntosh

Contact info
Bekijk Contact info
(en screener)