This volume collects twenty original essays on the philosophy of film. It uniquely brings together scholars working across a range of philosophical traditions and academic disciplines to broaden and advance debates on film and philosophy. The book includes contributions from a number of prominent philosophers of film including Noël Carroll, Chris Falzon, Deborah Knight, Paisley Livingston, Robert Sinnerbrink, Malcolm Turvey, and Thomas Wartenberg.
While the topics explored by the contributors are diverse, there are a number of thematic threads that connect them. Overall, the book seeks to bridge analytic and continental approaches to philosophy of film in fruitful ways. Moving to the individual essays, the first two sections offer novel takes on the philosophical value and the nature of film. The next section focuses on the film-as-philosophy debate. Section IV covers cinematic experience, while Section V includes interpretations of individual films that touch on questions of artificial intelligence, race and film, and cinema’s biopolitical potential. Finally, the last section proposes new avenues for future research on the moving image beyond film.
This book will appeal to a broad range of scholars working in film studies, theory, and philosophy.
Table of Contents
Thomas E. Wartenberg
Part I: The Nature of Film
Chapter 1: (Collapsed) Seeing-In and the (Im-)Possibility of Progress in Analytic Philosophy (of Film)
Chapter 2: The World Viewed and the World Lived: Stanley Cavell and Film as the Moving Image of Skepticism
Chapter 3: The Morph-Image: Four Forms of Post-Cinema
Steen Ledet Christiansen
Chapter 4: Deleuze’s Cronosigns
Part II: The Film as Philosophy Debate
Chapter 5: The Bold Thesis Retired: On Cinema as Philosophy
Chapter 6: Film as Philosophical Thought Experiment: Some Challenges and Opportunities
Chapter 7: Are there Definite Objections to Film as Philosophy? Metaphilosophical considerations
Chapter 8: Philosophical Dimensions of Cinematic Experience
Part III: The Philosophical Value of Film
Chapter 9: Philosophical Experience and Experimental Film
Chapter 10: Filmmaking as self-writing: Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963)
Chapter 11: Film and Ethics
Part IV: Cinematic Experience
Chapter 12: Movies, Narration and the Emotions
Chapter 13: Predictive Processing and the Experimental Solution for the Paradox of Fiction
Chapter 14: The lived experience of Motion Pictures: A Phenomenological Approach to Cinema
Part V: Interpreting Cinematic Works
Chapter 15: The Blade Runner Question: From Philosophy to Myth
Chapter 16: Race, Bodies and Lived Realities in Get Out and Black Panther
Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo
Chapter 17: Transnational Bio-Political Motives in Postmodern Cinema: Žižek and Badiou on Udi Aloni’s Forgiveness and Local Angel
Part VI: Further Debates
Chapter 18: Cinema and Television: The Art and Industry of Joint Works
Inês Rebanda Coelho
Chapter 19: Towards a Natural Screen Philosophy
Chapter 20: Metaphysical Alter-Egos: Matheson, Dunne and the View From Somewhere
John Ó Maoilearca
Christina Rawls is Professor of Philosophy at Roger Williams University, USA.
Diana Neiva is a Researcher at the Mind, Language, and Action Group of the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto, Portugal.
Steven S. Gouveia is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minho, Portugal. He is the co-editor of Perception, Cognition, and Aesthetics (forthcoming, Routledge).