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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film





ISBN 9780415493949
Published March 2, 2011 by Routledge
692 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film is the first comprehensive volume to explore the main themes, topics, thinkers and issues in philosophy and film. The Companion features sixty specially commissioned chapters from international scholars and is divided into four clear parts:

  • issues and concepts
  • authors and trends
  • genres
  • film as philosophy.

Part one is a comprehensive section examining key concepts, including chapters on acting, censorship, character, depiction, ethics, genre, interpretation, narrative, reception and spectatorship and style. Part two covers authors and scholars of film and significant theories Part three examines genres such as documentary, experimental cinema, horror, comedy and tragedy. Part four includes chapters on key directors such as Tarkovsky, Bergman and Terrence Malick and on particular films, including Memento.

Each chapter includes a section of annotated further reading and is cross-referenced to related entries.

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy of film, aesthetics and film and cinema studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Issues and Concepts  1. Acting  Johannes Riis  2. Authorship  Aaron Meskin  3. Censorship  Susan Dwyer  4. Consciousness  Murray Smith  5. Definition of 'Cinema' Trevor Ponech  6. Depiction  Robert Hopkins  7. Digital Cinema  Berys Gaut  8. Emotion and Affect  Carl Plantinga  9. Empathy and Character Engagement  Amy Coplan  10. Ethics  Folke Tersman  11. Film as Art  Robert Stecker  12. Formalism Katherine Thomson-Jones  13. Gender  Angela Curran and Carol Donelan  14. Genre Brian Laetz and Dominic McIver Lopes  15. Interpretation  George Wilson  16. Medium Kevin Sweeney  17. Music  Jeff Smith  18. Narration  Noël Carroll  19. Narrative Closure  Noël Carroll  20. Ontology  David Davies  21. Race  Dan Flory  22. Realism  Andrew Kania  23. Spectatorship  Carl Plantinga  24. Sound  Giorgio Biancorosso  25. Style  Noël Carroll  26. Violence  Stephen Prince  Part 2: Authors and Trends  27. Rudolph Arnheim  Jinhee Choi  28. Walter Benjamin  Stéphane Symons  29. David Bordwell  Patrick Colm Hogan  30. Bertolt Brecht  Angela Curran  31. Noël Carroll  Jonathan Frome  32. Stanley Cavell  William Rothman  33. Cognitive Theory  David Bordwell  34. Gilles Deleuze  Ronald Bogue  35. Sergei Eisenstein David Bordwell  36. Christian Metz  Francesco Casetti  37. Jean Mitry  Brian Lewis  38. Edgar Morin  Dudley Andrew  39. Hugo Munsterberg  Don Fredericksen  40. Phenomenology  Vivian Sobchack  41. Psychoanalysis  Richard Allen  42. Semiotics and Semiology  Joseph Kickasola  43. Ludwig Wittgenstein  Malcolm Turvey  Part 3: Genres and Other Types  44. Dogme 95  Mette Hjort  45. Documentary  Carl Plantinga  46. Horror  Aaron Smuts  47. Pornography  Susan Dwyer  48. Avant-garde Film  Maureen Turim  49. Tragedy and Comedy  Deborah Knight  Part 4: Film as Philosophy  50. Film as Philosophy  Thomas E. Wartenberg  51. Ingmar Bergman Paisley Livingston  52. Terrence Malick  David Davies  53. Andrei Tarkovsky  András Bálint Kovács  54. Why Be Moral?  Christopher Falzon  55. Skepticism  Richard Fumerton  56. Personal Identity  Deborah Knight  57. Practical Wisdom and the Good Ground of Gettysburg  Joseph Kupfer  58. The Five Obstructions  Mette Hjort  59. Gattaca  Neven Sesardic  60. Memento  Andrew Kania.  Index

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Reviews

'A fascinating, rich volume offering dazzling insights and incisive commentary on every page, the book not only covers a wide range of concerns and concepts but is also organized and presented in a clear, straightforward manner. Every serious student of film will want this book, which could also serve as a text in advanced film-theory classes. Summing Up: Highly recommended.' - CHOICE

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film features incisive, illuminating, well-documented essays authored by a wide range of established major players and a new generation of philosophers of film. This book will be a godsend for teachers of the subject at all levels as well as an indispensable reference volume for anyone interested in exploring the invitation to philosophical reflection that the medium of film inexorably extends to us.’ - Nancy Bauer, Tufts University, USA

‘This volume distinguishes itself from its competitors by the richness of insight that results from its willingness to acknowledge and explore the sheer variety of ways in which cinema calls for, and can even put in question, the standing interests and concerns of philosophers’.- Stephen Mulhall, New College Oxford, UK