Love and Friendship in the Balance: The Case of Jules et Jim

Karen Hanson

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Focusing on Truffaut's Jules et Jim, this paper considers the way in which film can provoke or contribute to philosophical reflection on the conduct of life. The themes of friendship, love, and marriage are explored through the film, and the film is explored through some pertinent philosophical texts that illuminate these themes--e.g., Aristotle on friendship and marriage, Plato on the family, and Rousseau, Hobbes and Locke on social contracts. In addition, it is suggested that film can sometimes effectively interrogate, not just be illuminated by, a philosophical text.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthics at the Cinema
EditorsWard E Jones, Samantha Vice
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199869534
ISBN (Print)9780195320398
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Ethical reflection
  • Moral philosophy
  • Philosophy and film
  • Jules et Jim
  • Love
  • Marriage
  • Moral perfectionism
  • Ethics
  • Truffaut
  • Friendship
  • Social contracts


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