Movie as a Stimulus in Workshops for the Development of Critical Thinking

Friday, May 26 – 8

In workshops aimed at developing critical thinking, various creative stimuli are used to encourage participants to think. In more complex workshops, films are an ideal stimulus for initiating critical discussions. This holds true whether the workshops are designed for philosophy sessions with children, or for fostering critical thinking among adults, retirees, or attendees of philosophical cafes. In the lecture, I will demonstrate how certain films can be used as a stimulus for dialogue with different age groups. I will use the following examples:

  • Eleven-year-olds with Shrek (2001)
  • Fifteen-year-olds with City of Ember (2008)
  • Eighteen-year-olds with Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
  • Pensioners with The Truman Show (1998)

I will present the main questions that emerged during the discussion, the prevalent themes, the philosophical depth of the conversation, and how the participants understood the fundamental philosophical concepts that arose.

HR 🇭🇷 • Professor of philosophy at the University of Split FP || Full bio

Bruno Ćurko is a philosophy professor at the University of Split. He teaches ethics, critical thinking and philosophy of education, and leads workshops and projects on philosophy with children. He has authored and co-authored numerous books, articles, and educational materials.

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