Teays, W. (2012). Seeing the light. Exploring ethics through movies . Malden, MA: Wiley-BlackWell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3287-2.

Teays, W. (2012). Seeing the light. Exploring ethics through movies . Malden, MA:... The average American citizen goes to the movies four times a year. In addition, many more have been watching movies at home, especially since flat-screen television became more affordable. In her new book on the relationship between ethics and cinema, Wanda Teays discusses over a hundred recent movies; so this extensive book offers something for everyone. Those who are not at home in the field of ethics might be surprised to find that some of the most popular movies have something to say about controversial philosophical concepts such as ‘authenticity’, ‘cultural relativism’, ‘evil’ or ‘happiness’. Teays deserves praise for bringing to our attention the dormant philosophical potential in a large number of 21 st century movies, albeit mostly American ones. She is among a growing number of authors that break the curious silence that surrounds the moral value of stories, both in educational practice and in academic fields that study the use of the arts, such as philosophy, education and literature. While pupils read novels and poems, attend plays and watch movies all the time, these activities are rarely justified from the point of view of moral education. The book is divided into three similarly structured sections: ‘The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Empirical Theology Brill

Teays, W. (2012). Seeing the light. Exploring ethics through movies . Malden, MA: Wiley-BlackWell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3287-2.

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Book Reviews
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0922-2936
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1570-9256
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10.1163/15709256-12341254
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The average American citizen goes to the movies four times a year. In addition, many more have been watching movies at home, especially since flat-screen television became more affordable. In her new book on the relationship between ethics and cinema, Wanda Teays discusses over a hundred recent movies; so this extensive book offers something for everyone. Those who are not at home in the field of ethics might be surprised to find that some of the most popular movies have something to say about controversial philosophical concepts such as ‘authenticity’, ‘cultural relativism’, ‘evil’ or ‘happiness’. Teays deserves praise for bringing to our attention the dormant philosophical potential in a large number of 21 st century movies, albeit mostly American ones. She is among a growing number of authors that break the curious silence that surrounds the moral value of stories, both in educational practice and in academic fields that study the use of the arts, such as philosophy, education and literature. While pupils read novels and poems, attend plays and watch movies all the time, these activities are rarely justified from the point of view of moral education. The book is divided into three similarly structured sections: ‘The

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Published: Jan 1, 2013

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