Marlboro College


“Fight Club” Discussion With Nancy Bauer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

MARLBORO, Vermont--The philosophy in the controversial film “Fight Club” will be analyzed by Nancy Bauer, assistant professor of philosophy at Tufts University, on Thursday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

Using “Fight Club” as her inspiration, Bauer will examine correlations with Plato’s allegory of the cave and Descarte’s cogito, two revolutionary moments in the history of philosophy. Bauer’s talk, “Cogito, Ergo Film: Plato, Descartes and ‘Fight Club,’” will explore the unreliability of knowledge provided by everyday experience.

In conjuction with Bauer’s lecture, “Fight Club” will be shown December 1, at 8:00 p.m. in the dining hall at Marlboro College. Based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, the film stars Edward Norton, Jr. as a disaffected member of society and Brad Pitt as the charismatic man who changes his life. Their decision to fight each other as a form of escapism snowballs into the proliferation of local Fight Clubs and then into an out-of-control nationwide fascist group. Also starring Helena Bonham-Carter and Meat Loaf, the film is rated R.

Bauer began to connect “Fight Club” to philosophy during her tenure as a Radcliff Institute Fellow at Harvard in 2002. She received the 2001 Tufts University Professor of the Year award, and specializes in continental and feminist philosophy and film studies.

Bauer earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University, a M.A. in theological studies from Harvard University, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges. Bauer’s published books include Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophy, and Feminism and the upcoming How to Do Things With Pornography .

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644.


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