Straw Dogs and The Human Mind

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Seeing the trailer for the upcoming remake of Straw Dogs made me think about the brilliant original film and about the shockingly violent and brutal lengths that a previously cowardly mathematician goes to to defend his home from invasion against threatening workmen, two of whom have already raped his wife. And whenever I think about that movie it always makes me ask profound questions about the human condition. Like how deranged does someone have to be to watch the scenes above and think, “there’s a kids Christmas movie about an 8 year old boy in this story!”

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Stacy Kennedy

    Amy is raped by two of the men, not one.

    And whenever I think about that movie it always makes me ask profound questions about the human condition.

    Seems to me the film has plenty to say about heteronormative male anxieties. Which tend to be conflated with “The human condition”.

    Like how deranged does someone have to be to watch scenes like the ones I’ve included below and think, “there’s a kids Christmas movie about an 8 year old boy in this story!”

    My favorite Thanksgiving movie is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Great family dinner scene.

  • http://peicurmudgeon.wordpress.com/ peicurmudgeon

    The concept of seeing a children’s movie inside an existing story has troubled me for years. I mean, who at Disney read Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and said “That’s a great carton”, and then sold it to the management. Perhaps the same person who read the story of the Romanov’s and created Anastasia. That takes some really creative thinking.

  • Stacy Kennedy

    You’re welcome, Dan.


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