What am I? Am I my mind or my body? What (if anything) makes me the same person I was yesterday, and will be tomorrow? This season of thought-provoking films explores the puzzles of identity and the nature of the self in an attempt to better understand what it means to be a person.
Our final screening in this season on the philosophy of identity and the self is Peter Weir's The Truman Show.
Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) lives an apparently idyllic life in the small coastal town of Seahaven, unaware that his entire world is manufactured for the purpose of a reality television show, of which he is the star. Peter Weir’s satire addresses existential issues, causing us to reflect upon the extent to which our self is the product of circumstances outwith our control and question our ability to transcend them.
Each film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by an accessible and informal post-screening talk by James Mooney, lecturer in film and philosophy and Director for Access and Outreach at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning.