I saw a movie a couple of days ago called The Examined Life. It is a documentary of sorts that follows around several contemporary theorists: Cornel West, Peter Singer, Judith Butler, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Slavoj Žižek and a few others with whose work I am not familiar–and allows them to talk about their ideas. There are no big revelations here–my friend who saw the movie with me noted that most of the scholars “just say what they always say”–but the film is pleasant enough and does provide, if nothing else, an interesting shapshot of intellectual life circa 2009.
I saw it in New York City, where I am currently spending my spring break. I’m not sure how wide of a distribution it will get, so keep an eye out for it.