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Examined Life (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 20 November 2009 (UK)
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Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today's most ... See full summary »


Astra Taylor


Astra Taylor





Credited cast:
Kwame Anthony Appiah ... Self (as K. Anthony Appiah)
Judith Butler ... Self
Michael Hardt Michael Hardt ... Self
Martha Nussbaum Martha Nussbaum ... Self
Avital Ronell ... Self
Peter Singer ... Self
Sunaura Taylor Sunaura Taylor ... Self
Cornel West ... Self
Slavoj Zizek ... Self


Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today's most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas. Peter Singer's thoughts on the ethics of consumption are amplified against the backdrop of Fifth Avenue's posh boutiques. Michael Hardt ponders the nature of revolution while surrounded by symbols of wealth and leisure. Judith Butler and a friend stroll through San Francisco's Mission District questioning our culture's fixation on individualism. And while driving through Manhattan, Cornel West - perhaps America's best-known public intellectual - compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how intense and invigorating a life of the mind can be. Offering privileged moments with great thinkers from fields ranging from moral philosophy to cultural theory, Examined Life ... Written by Anonymous

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Philosophy is in the streets.




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Avital Ronell: This is something that Derrida has taught: if you feel that you've acquitted yourself honorably, then you're not so ethical. If you have a good conscience, then you're kind of worthless. Like, if you think, oh, I gave this homeless person five bucks, I'm great! then you're irresponsible. The responsible being is one who thinks they've never been responsible enough, they've never taken care enough of "the other". The other is so in excess of anything you can understand or grasp or reduce. This, ...
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Why are they running around and not focusing on the dialog ?
8 September 2019 | by yugalmaitSee all my reviews

Pretty frustating camera work, and direction.

For some reason, the film-makers decided that to keep the philosophers time and make them run around and make them talk in the ambient noise and in lack of focus.

Hard to focus on what the person is saying because of the stupid direction of forcing them to run around in order to talk.

Was so excited about this one, the entire thing was butchered by the director.

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Release Date:

20 November 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sorgulanmış yaşam See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


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$12,085, 1 March 2009

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Sphinx Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital


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