Mendacity, Rule Consequentialist Ethics and The Ploughman's Lunch

Film-Philosophy 26 (1):26-43 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This article examines Ian McEwan's script for director Richard Eyre's film, The Ploughman's Lunch, the title of which alludes to a deceptive, post-World War II advertising campaign that promulgated a false narrative about British tradition. McEwan's script, and Eyre's film adaptation of it, offer a prescient exposé of Britain's culture of mendacity in the 1980s in ways that draw on rule-consequentialist ethics to maintain that lying on the personal, professional, and political level has a pernicious effect on society. McEwan's work on the film also marks a crucial turning point in the author's career, one in which he first begins to explore complex ethical and moral conundrums that would figure prominently in his major fiction.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,363

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

School Lunch Curriculum.A. G. Rud & Shannon Gleason - 2018 - In Suzanne Rice & A. G. Rud (eds.), Educational Dimensions of School Lunch: Critical Perspectives. Springer Verlag. pp. 173-187.
Introduction.Suzanne Rice & A. G. Rud - 2018 - In Suzanne Rice & A. G. Rud (eds.), Educational Dimensions of School Lunch: Critical Perspectives. Springer Verlag. pp. 1-10.
Rules and Their Reasons: Mill on Morality and Instrumental Rationality.Ben Eggleston - 2011 - In Ben Eggleston, Dale E. Miller & David Weinstein (eds.), John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life. Oxford University Press. pp. 71-93.
The Expressive Case against Plurality Rule.Daniel Wodak - 2019 - Journal of Political Philosophy 27 (3):363-387.
The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics.Martin Jay - 2010 - University of Virginia Press.

Analytics

Added to PP
2022-02-25

Downloads
7 (#1,045,094)

6 months
4 (#184,465)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

The Right and the Good. By R. Robinson. [REVIEW]W. D. Ross - 1930 - International Journal of Ethics 41:343.
The Right and the Good.W. D. Ross - 1931 - Mind 40 (159):341-354.
On truth, lies, and bullshit.Harry Frankfurt - 2009 - In Clancy Martin (ed.), The Philosophy of Deception. Oxford University Press. pp. 37.

Add more references