|Superman III (1983|
You can read the above clip from Superman III as a dumb blonde joke writ large or as an insightful riff on philosophy. I am guessing it is the former rather than the latter.
Playing the supposed ditzy lover of the film's villain, Lorelei reveals she is a fan of Immanuel Kant's transcendental philosophy - the eighteenth-century European thinker's idea that he could bring together two schools of thought - empiricism and rationalism. At least that's the general idea of the book Lorelei's caught reading - The Critique of Pure Reason.
Lorelei: How can he say that pure categories have no objective meaning in transcendental logic? What about synthetic unity?It looks like Lorelei has stumbled upon the truth of transcendental idealism - that things in themselves cannot really be known in of themselves. Or did she?
|Find resources on TpT to teach|
the difference between
empiricism and rationalism
I feel like books make occasional appearances in films. And when books do appear, it is hard not to think they weren't put there for a thematic purpose. So why do you think the creators of Superman III decided to insert a copy of Kant's book into the movie? Let me know in the comments.
PDF Copy for Printing