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Heidegger and Brad Pitt


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I just saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button last night, and was struck by the prominence of Heideggerian themes in it. I know a lot of students out there are hopped up on Heidegger — one of you should write a paper on the Heideggerian elements in the movie. Some of the themes I saw: the overall significance of time for Dasein (Button’s aging process as the reverse of everyone elses’s, and the questions it raised; the backward-running clock); technological enframement (contrast between the old nursing home and the newer hospital, buttons vs. zippers); importance of care (again, the feeling of the old nursing home, as well as the nuggets of wisdom Button learns along the way); finally, the great need for editing.



  1. source says:

    It’s number 23 on my Netflix queue, but if it’s got Heidegger I’m definitely taking it up to six or seven.


  2. I love Alicia Keys sooo much! she is the best singer in the world and “no one” is her best song and my favorite!


  3. Huenemann says:

    Oralia: Ooooo, I know! She’s just so dasein!


  4. To me, the best thing that Brad Pitt’s has ever done was giving these homes for the victim of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He is a hero. I admire you for that


  5. Kyle Deyo says:

    Brad Pitt is such a fantastic father. You can tell by the photos you see when he spends time with all the children. He has a kind heart. He is beautiful in and out. Keep it up Brad!


  6. Huenemann says:

    Good Lord. That’ll teach me to post anything with “Brad Pitt” in the title.


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