Owl of Minerva film series

This spring the Philosophy Club film series explores puzzles about the existence and nature of evil:

·       When is it appropriate to call a person or action evil, as opposed to very, very bad?

·       In order to call an action evil does it have to be caused by an evil person?

·       Are all human beings capable of evil or only a few?

·       How does an evil society or political system come to be? Are the rulers of an evil society always responsible for its condition or can the seeds of evil be planted by the unorganized actions and attitudes of its citizens?

·       Does evil exist only because good people do nothing to prevent it?

·       If God exists, why do so many good people suffer evil while the morally depraved often do not?

All films will be screened in BCSB auditorium (room 101) starting at 6:30pm.




Wed Jan 17, 6:30p – Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton).  BCSB 101.

Wed Jan 24, 6:30p – Au Hasard Balthazar (1966, Robert Bresson).  BCSB 101.


Wed Feb 7, 6:30p – Lord of the Flies (1963, Peter Brook).  BCSB 101.

Wed Feb 21, 6:30p – The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan) (1960, Ingmar Bergman). BCSB 101.

Wed Mar 7, 6:30p – Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989, Woody Allen). BCSB 101.


Wed Mar 21, 6:30p – Conspiracy (2001, Frank Pierson). BCSB 101.

Wed Apr 4, 6:30p – The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band) (2009, Michael Haneke). BCSB 101.


Wed Apr 18, 6:30p – Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985, Elem Klimov). BCSB 101.

Wed May 2, 6:30p – God on Trial (2008, Andy de Emmony). BCSB 101.


Students can enroll in PHIL 1950: Philosophy in Current Events, Text, and Film and receive 1 semester hour of credit for attending the film screenings (and/or philosophy club meetings and departmental colloquia), and writing a brief ICON discussion post on each.  

The Owl of Minerva Theater would not be possible without the help of our undergraduate Philosophy Interns.