The human condition and the search for meaning will be the subject of a public talk by UWA Winthrop Professor of Philosophy Michael Levine this Tuesday 4 October. Professor Levine's talk will precede a screening of Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film Ikiru.
Filmed in black and white, Ikiru ostensibly tells the story of Kanji Watanabe, a bureaucrat who spends virtually his entire life working in a city office. Neither he nor anyone else in the office actually does anything much that is worthwhile or productive. After he learns he has terminal cancer, Watanabe becomes desolate. It is by means of this palpable despair that Watanabe becomes aware that he is faced with a problem that goes beyond his impending death. The nature of that problem will be the focus of Professor Levine's talk.
Michael Levine is Professor of philosophy at the University of Western Australia where he teaches a course on philosophy, film and aesthetics. His latest book is Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies with Damian Cox. He is currently working on regret and other emotions of self-assessment.
EVENT: Looking for meaning in all the wrong places - lecture and film screening
WHEN: 6pm, Tuesday 4 October 2011
WHERE: Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA. The nearest car park is P3 off Hackett Entrance 1.
COST: This is a free public event. All welcome.
Audrey Barton (UWA Institute of Advanced Studies) (+61 8) 6488 4797
W/Prof Michael Levine (Philosophy, UWA) (+61 8) 6488 2108