Critiquing Philosophy


We live in a world where there is a constant stream of new ideas coming at us. Each and every day, we have someone touting some sort of revolutionary concept in our ears. These ideas can often be deceiving because they seem acceptable and intuitive. However, if we are not careful about what kind of thinking we accept, we can get off the beaten path and get very confused. This can lead to very dangerous actions that may put someone in danger. As a result, it is very important to be wary of new philosophies.

Taking Philosophy to Heart


For example, in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope,” one of the main characters ends up murdering one of his friends because he took a philosophical idea too close to heart. The idea put forth that there are people in the world who are superior beings and consequently reserve the right to commit murder if they see fit. The main character in “Rope” considered himself to be one of those superior beings. Throughout the movie, he always refers to himself with an air of class and distinction. He is so taken in with this new philosophical notion that he ends up following it to the bitter end.

This idea of superior beings actually comes from a novel by the Russian Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky called “Crime and Punishment.” In it, the main character, also a murderer, writes an editorial about superior beings being able to murder “base” or “regular” people. This obviously is incorrect and turns out poorly for the protagonist of the book.


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