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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
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• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
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• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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Being in the World, a documentary film on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger
and its relevance to contemporary life will be screening at UVU on Thursday,
September 16 at 2:30 pm (Library Auditorium, LI 120), and at BYU on Friday,
September 17th at 6 pm (Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium). Both screenings
will be followed by a question and answer session with the film’s director
Tao Ruspoli, and Mark Wrathall one of the philosophers featured in the film
(University of California, Riverside).

Being in the World is a celebration of human beings and our ability, through
the mastery of physical, intellectual and creative skills, to find meaning
in the world around us. Some of our most renowned philosophers, from Harvard
to Berkeley, take us on a gripping journey to meet modern day masters-people
who not only have learned to respond in a sensitive way to the requirements
of their craft, but have also gathered their communities in ways that our
technological age threatens to make obsolete.

The film won “Best Documentary” at the Vail Film Festival, and an audience
award at the Brooklyn film festival. It will be appearing at other film
festivals around the world in the coming months.

Tao Ruspoli is an Italian-American filmmaker, photographer, and musician.
Moviemaker magazine singled out Ruspoli as one of the 10 Young Filmmakers To
Watch in its spring 2008 issue. His feature narrative debut, Fix, was one of
10 feature films to screen in competition at the 2008 Slamdance Film
Festival and soon afterward at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
where Ruspoli was awarded the Heineken Red Star Award for “most innovative
and progressive filmmaker.” Fix also won the Festival Award for Best Film at
the 2008 Brooklyn Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and the 2008 Twin Rivers
Media Festival, as well as other prizes at several international festivals.

Mark Wrathall is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California,
Riverside. He is the author of Heidegger and Unconcealment: Truth,
Language, History
(Cambridge University Press, 2010) and How to Read
(Norton, 2006). He received a Ph.D. in philosophy at the
University of California Berkeley, and a J.D. from Harvard University. He
taught at BYU for 11 years before moving to his current position.

Mark Wrathall will also be speaking at BYU’s philosophy club at 11 am
Thursday morning (JFSB B032), and at UVU at 10 am Friday morning (in LI
120). The title of the BYU presentation is “Heidegger, Nietzsche, and the
Metaphysics of Truth.” The title of the UVU presentation is “An Education
in Thinking: Heidegger on Learning to Resist Technology.”

For more information on the film, visit the website at:


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