First and practically speaking, film as a medium is an exceptionally rich pedagogic tool which can encourage students brought up in a visual culture to engage with philosophy.
Beyond that, it reinvigorates a number of philosophical debates in aesthetics and philosophy of art.
It also contributes to contemporary debates in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics.
And finally it can serve to push philosophy to confront its residual iconoclasm that makes some of its practitioners fearful of images and the imaginary.
However uncanny the view of Plato’s cave as a metaphor for cinema seems, it is clear that the movies offer far more than illusion.