Toward a naturalized narrative bioethics

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As regards plots I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots. And as I think a plot desirable and almost necessary, I have this extra grudge against life. - Ivy Compton-Burnett. For someone trying to find a variety of details about movies, the Internet Movie Database is an exceptional resource. At this Web site one can find a film’s certification, full cast and crew, production companies, trivia, external reviews, trailers, photo gallery, and writing credits. One can also find plot summaries. Interestingly some films have more than one plot summary, for the database in a manner typical of the antiauthoritarian leanings of the Internet permits anyone to add a plot summary in a film’s listing. Look for example at two summaries for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ( One is written by jhailey. A man awakes disheveled; impulsively, he skips work, heading instead to the shore. On this chilly February day, a woman in orange, hair dyed blue, chats him up: she’s Clementine, he’s Joel, shy and sad; by day’s end, he likes her. The next night she takes him to the frozen Charles River. After, as he drops her off, she asks to sleep at his place, and she runs up to get her toothbrush. Strange things occur: their meeting was not entirely chance, they have a history neither remembers. Our seeing how the lacunae came to be and their discovery of the memory loss take the rest of the film.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNaturalized Bioethics
Subtitle of host publicationToward Responsible Knowing and Practice
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781139167499
ISBN (Print)9780521895248
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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  • General Arts and Humanities


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