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Philosophy and Film
Bridging Divides

ISBN 9781138351691
Published April 29, 2019 by Routledge
400 Pages

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Book Description

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)

Malcolm Turvey

Chapter 2: The World Viewed and the World Lived: Stanley Cavell and Film as the Moving Image of Skepticism

Jônadas Techio

Chapter 3: The Morph-Image: Four Forms of Post-Cinema

Steen Ledet Christiansen

Chapter 4: Deleuze’s Cronosigns

Susana Viegas

Part II: The Film as Philosophy Debate

Chapter 5: The Bold Thesis Retired: On Cinema as Philosophy

Paisley Livingston

Chapter 6: Film as Philosophical Thought Experiment: Some Challenges and Opportunities

Tom McClelland

Chapter 7: Are there Definite Objections to Film as Philosophy? Metaphilosophical considerations

Diana Neiva

Chapter 8: Philosophical Dimensions of Cinematic Experience

David Davies

Part III: The Philosophical Value of Film

Chapter 9: Philosophical Experience and Experimental Film

Christopher Falzon

Chapter 10: Filmmaking as self-writing: Federico Fellini’s (1963)

Roberto Mordacci

Chapter 11: Film and Ethics

Robert Sinnerbrink

Part IV: Cinematic Experience

Chapter 12: Movies, Narration and the Emotions

Noël Carroll

Chapter 13: Predictive Processing and the Experimental Solution for the Paradox of Fiction

Dina Mendonça

Chapter 14: The lived experience of Motion Pictures: A Phenomenological Approach to Cinema

Hanna Trindade

Part V: Interpreting Cinematic Works

Chapter 15: The Blade Runner Question: From Philosophy to Myth

Deborah Knight

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

Oana Serban

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

Hunter Vaughn

Chapter 20: Metaphysical Alter-Egos: Matheson, Dunne and the View From Somewhere

John Ó Maoilearca

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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).