What am I? Am I my mind or my body? What (if anything) makes me the same person I was yesterday, and will be tomorrow? This season of thought-provoking films explores the puzzles of identity and the nature of the self in an attempt to better understand what it means to be a person.
Our second screening in this season on the philosophy of identity and the self is Christopher Nolan's Memento.
As the result of a violent attack, Leonard Shelby (Guy Pierce) suffers from a rare disorder which means that he can no longer form new memories. Christopher Nolan’s neo-noir psychological thriller unfolds in reverse chronological order, following Leonard’s attempt to track down his attacker and his wife’s killer using photographs and a complex system of notes. Memento urges us to consider the crucial role of memory in determining our identity and provides valuable insight into the nature of the self.
Each film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by an accessible and informal post-screening talk by James Mooney, lecturer in film and philosophy and Director for Access and Outreach at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning.