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CALL FOR PAPERS

English: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz: Roman In...
English: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz: Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

POLISH JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY

The Polish Journal of Philosophy (PJP) is a peer reviewed journal publishing valuable contributions on any aspect of philosophy. The principal aim of PJP is to promote the best of the living Polish philosophical tradition, especially the Lvov-Warsaw School of analytic philosophy and the phenomenological school of Roman Ingarden. PJP is edited and published at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków.

We invite the submission of articles on any aspect of philosophy, provided that they are not of a primarily expository or historical character. The articles should not exceed the length of 8,000 words and should conform to the specific guidelines provided on our website http://www.pjp.edu.pl. You are welcome to send us either electronic or printed copy of your paper, addressed to the Editorial Office (see contact details). Please make sure that all personal data or institutional affiliations are removed from the submitted version in order that we may send it on for a blind-review. The Polish Journal of Philosophy has been given NAT category by the European Science Foundation and is indexed on the ERIH list.

We aim to give authors our decision within twelve weeks. Once accepted, the paper is expected to appear within a calendar year. For further information please consult our website or write to us at editor@pjp.edu.pl.

 

Contact details:

Polish Journal of Philosophy

Jagiellonian University
Jagiellonian University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Institute of Philosophy

Jagiellonian University
Grodzka 52
PL-31-044 Kraków
http://www.pjp.edu.pl

editor@pjp.edu.pl

 

Foyle’s War

Cover of "Shane"
Cover of Shane

One way I have found to add pizzazz to the classroom experience is to show appropriate movies for analysis. It is easy to use movies to bring out the features of various ethical theories. One might, e.g., show Shane and compare it with High Noon to bring out the differences between consequentialism and a duty based deontological system. Or, build a thought experiment around a more recent film: Imagine it possible to develop a perfume that would bring about universal love when released on the world. Further imagine that to develop this perfume would require the murder of a dozen young women in order to extract their “essence”.  A dozen deaths to eliminate hatred among billions of people – the end of war and barbarism.  (Sound familiar? Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) Should we murder a dozen to save millions? Would a utilitarian ethic justify these murders? [Source]

Well I am retired now and do not have a captive audience to try films, but if I did I would certainly use the three part post war episodes of Foyle’s War. The moral questions raised in those episodes are interesting and fundamental. Those questions probe the nature of meta-ethics: is consequentialism the best approach to deciding what to do? Is there an absolute set of rules that should be followed? When theory and practice collide what to do? Does the end justify the means (always, sometimes, never) ? If truth is the first casualty in war is principle far behind?

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