I showed Examined Life to my Intro class (as a sort of “See what’s happening in the world of philosophy today”) – I have to say that I have never seen anyone more annoying than Avital Ronell. Who is she? I knew everyone in that documentary, but her. I thought framing it all with Cornell West was brilliant. Martha Nussbaum was very interesting as well, but I’m pretty sure if this Ronell woman were to be cut out of the film, it would not change a bit. I think if I ever show it again I’ll just skip her because it’s painful to sit through her ramblings and all.
I think you can buy a DVD from amazon in February of 2010. I highly recommend it if you’re teaching anything Intro to Philosophy.