1st Edition

Philosophy and Film Bridging Divides

Edited By Christina Rawls, Diana Neiva, Steven S. Gouveia Copyright 2019
    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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 (Routledge, 2021)