Ethics through Fiction and Film

What can great books and films teach us about moral complexity and the human experience? How do creative genres engage, provoke, or challenge our values or vision in ways that abstract philosophical analysis cannot? What can we learn from each other by reading books and watching films together? These are the questions that animate the Oxford Character Project’s Ethics through Fiction and Film initiative, which meets each term to discuss novels and films that prompt moral reflection and raise complex ethical questions.

In 2018-19 academic year we considered the books listed below, along with their film adaptations.

To express your interest in joining us in the 2019-20 academic year, please contact Dr Jonathan Brant:

Sense and Sensibility

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    Jane Austen

    Sense and Sensibility

    Oxford University Press 2008

    Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility along with the 1995 film adaptation directed by Ang Lee.

Brideshead Revisited

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    Evelyn Waugh

    Brideshead revisited

    Penguin 2000

Lord of the Flies

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    William Golding

    Lord of the Flies

    Faber and Faber 1954