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Ethics at the Cinema$
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Ward E. Jones and Samantha Vice

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320398

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320398.001.0001

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Love and Friendship in the Balance

Love and Friendship in the Balance

The Case of Jules et Jim

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Ethics at the Cinema

Karen Hanson

Oxford University Press

Focusing on Truffaut’s Jules et Jim, this paper considers the way in which film can provoke or contribute to philosophical reflection on the conduct of life. The themes of friendship, love, and marriage are explored through the film, and the film is explored through some pertinent philosophical texts that illuminate these themes—e.g., Aristotle on friendship and marriage, Plato on the family, and Rousseau, Hobbes and Locke on social contracts. In addition, it is suggested that film can sometimes effectively interrogate, not just be illuminated by, a philosophical text.

Keywords:   Jules et Jim, ethical reflection, love, friendship, marriage, Francois Truffaut, moral perfectionism

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