Philosophy through Film Questions by 3pWS7hv

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									                         Philosophy through Film Questions
Name____________________________________________ Period _____ Date ______________
                                     The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Instructions: These questions appear on slides during the film, and they are meant to be answered during it.

             ***FOCUS on how Descartes’ skepticism relates to the film***
1. The main character's name is Douglas Hall. At this point in the film, how do you think
Doug would describe his world and his place in it? ________________________________
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2. Describe the technology used in this film. What does it allow the characters to do? _____
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3. At about 62:00 minutes into the film, Doug says that the people in the system are “real”
and that he is tired of playing with their “lives,” explaining that he wants to shut down the
computer. However, his partner Jason Whitney, says that’s how they were designed—a
“bunch of electronic circuits” and thus not real. Do you agree with Doug or Jason? Explain.
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4. The movie opens with Descartes’ famous quote, “I think therefore I am” (Cogito ergo
sum). However, the director of this film Josef Rusnak said that this film can be summed up
with the following quote: “I think therefore I am – don’t bet on it!” What’s his
point?____________________________________________________________________
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5. Based on what you've seen so far, how does Ashton's consciousness transfer into
Whitney's body? ____________________________________________________________
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6. If you lived in a “fake” world like the one that is described in this film, would you want
to know or not? Explain. _____________________________________________________
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7. Are there things in life that you can absolutely be sure of? If so, on what do you base
this belief? If not, why?______________________________________________________
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