Diegetic Ethical Systems and Moral Choices: Telling Wrong from Right in Fictional Worlds: Black Death (Christopher Smith, 2010) - Proliferating Ethical Encounters in Film and Media, University of Glasgow

Sorfa, D. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Description

The turn to ethics in Film Studies has broadened and strengthened a specific interdisciplinary concern. It has also provided a platform for consideration of issues of relevance for the contemporary globalised world. This is particularly evident in the ever increasing range of films to which explorations of ethics are pertinent. This workshop seeks to build upon this body of work on ethics in cinema: expanding and proliferating its applications across a range of film and media outputs, diversifying the range of philosophical or theoretical approaches taken to ethical issues, and questioning and challenging existing methodologies and conclusions with regard to film and ethics. Dr David Sorfa Diegetic Ethical Systems and Moral Choices: Telling Wrong from Right in Fictional Worlds: Black Death (Christopher Smith, 2010) There is a confusion in the use of the word "ethics" beyond which it may be easy to move. If we bracket off ethics to mean the ethical system within which moral choices can be made we are no longer caught in the trap of endlessly imagining what it might be like to act "ethically" since all actions must take place within an ethical framework. All actions are always already ethical, but some are morally right and others morally wrong. Clearly this begs the question of whether it is a simple matter to identify relevant ethical systems (cf. Lyotard's differend) and to apply their logic to individual actions. I will explore this way of understanding ethics and morality by considering the rules of the diegetic universe in the imagined medieval world of Black Death (Christopher Smith, 2010) which occupies a fantastic space (in Todorov's strict sense).
Period26 Oct 2013
Event typeWorkshop
LocationGlasgow, United Kingdom

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Systems Theory
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Film-Philosophy