Combined Academic Publishers

Film as Philosophy

9781517900502: Hardback
Release Date: 21st March 2017

9781517900519: Paperback
Release Date: 21st March 2017

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 384

University Of Minnesota Press

Film as Philosophy

Film and philosophy have much in common, and books have been written on film and philosophy. But can films be, or do, philosophy? Can they \u201cthink\u201d? Film as Philosophy is the first book to explore this fascinating question historically, thematically, and methodically.Bringing together leading scholars from universities across the globe, Film as Philosophy presents major new research that leads film studies and philosophy into a productive dialogue. It provides a uniquely sweeping, historical overview of the confluence of film and philosophy for more than a century, considering films from Jean Renoir, Lars von Trier, J\u00f8rgen Leth, David Lynch, Michael Haneke, and others; the written works of filmmakers who also theorized on the medium, including Sergei Eisenstein and Jean Epstein; and others who have written on cinema, including Hugo M\u00fcnsterberg, B\u00e9la Bal\u00e1zs, Andr\u00e9 Bazin, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, Stanley Cavell, Alain Badiou, Jacques Ranci\u00e8re, and many more. Representing a major step toward establishing a media philosophy that puts the status, role, and function of film into a new perspective, Film as Philosophy removes representational techniques from the center of inquiry, replacing these with the medium\u2019s ability to \u201cthink.\u201d Hence it accords film with \u201cagency,\u201d and the dialogue between it and philosophy (and even neuroscience) is negotiated anew.Contributors: Nicole Brenez, U of Paris 3–Sorbonne; Elisabeth Bronfen, U of Zurich; No\u00ebl Carroll, CUNY; Tom Conley, Harvard U; Angela Dalle Vacche, Georgia Institute of Technology; Gregory Flaxman, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Alex Ling, Western Sydney U; Adrian Martin, Monash U; John \u00d3 Maoilearca, Kingston U, London; Robert Sinnerbrink, Macquarie U, Sydney; Murray Smith, U of Kent, Canterbury; Julia Vassilieva, Monash U, Melbourne; Christophe Wall-Romana, U of Minnesota; and Thomas E. Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College.
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Film and philosophy have much in common, and books have been written on film and philosophy. But can films be, or do, philosophy? Can they \u201cthink\u201d? Film as Philosophy is the first book to explore this fascinating question historically, thematically, and methodically.Bringing together leading scholars from universities across the globe, Film as Philosophy presents major new research that leads film studies and philosophy into a productive dialogue. It provides a uniquely sweeping, historical overview of the confluence of film and philosophy for more than a century, considering films from Jean Renoir, Lars von Trier, J\u00f8rgen Leth, David Lynch, Michael Haneke, and others; the written works of filmmakers who also theorized on the medium, including Sergei Eisenstein and Jean Epstein; and others who have written on cinema, including Hugo M\u00fcnsterberg, B\u00e9la Bal\u00e1zs, Andr\u00e9 Bazin, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, Stanley Cavell, Alain Badiou, Jacques Ranci\u00e8re, and many more. Representing a major step toward establishing a media philosophy that puts the status, role, and function of film into a new perspective, Film as Philosophy removes representational techniques from the center of inquiry, replacing these with the medium\u2019s ability to \u201cthink.\u201d Hence it accords film with \u201cagency,\u201d and the dialogue between it and philosophy (and even neuroscience) is negotiated anew.Contributors: Nicole Brenez, U of Paris 3–Sorbonne; Elisabeth Bronfen, U of Zurich; No\u00ebl Carroll, CUNY; Tom Conley, Harvard U; Angela Dalle Vacche, Georgia Institute of Technology; Gregory Flaxman, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Alex Ling, Western Sydney U; Adrian Martin, Monash U; John \u00d3 Maoilearca, Kingston U, London; Robert Sinnerbrink, Macquarie U, Sydney; Murray Smith, U of Kent, Canterbury; Julia Vassilieva, Monash U, Melbourne; Christophe Wall-Romana, U of Minnesota; and Thomas E. Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College.

Contents
Introduction. Film and/as Philosophy: An Elective Affinity?
Bernd Herzogenrath
1. Striking Poses: Gesture, Image, and Remake in the Cinematic Bergson
John Ó Maoilearca
2. Hugo Münsterberg, Film, and Philosophy
Robert Sinnerbrink
3. Different, Even Wholly Irrational Arguments: The Film-Philosophy of Béla Balázs
Adrian Martin
4. This is Your Brain on Cinema: Antonin Artaud
Gregory Flaxman
5. From Lyrosophy to “Anti-Philosophy”: The Thought of Cinema in Jean Epstein
Christophe Wall-Romana
6. Montage Eisenstein: Mind the Gap
Julia Vassilieva
7. André Bazin’s Film Theory and the History of Ideas
Angela Dalle Vacche
8. Strange Topologics: Deleuze Takes a Ride Down David Lynch’s Lost Highway
Bernd Herzogenrath
9. Hurray for Hollywood: Philosophy and Cinema According to Stanley Cavell
Elisabeth Bronfen
10. Thinking Cinema with Alain Badiou
Alex Ling
11. Thinking as Feast: Raymonde Carasco
Nicole Brenez
12. Rancière’s Film Theory as Deviation
Tom Conley
13. Movie-Made Philosophy
Noël Carroll
14. “Not Time’s Fool”: Marriage as an Ethical Relationship in Michael Haneke’s Amour
Thomas E. Wartenberg
15. Experience and Explanation in the Cinema
Murray Smith
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Index

Bernd Herzogenrath is professor of American literature and culture at Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is the author of An Art of Desire: Reading Paul Auster and An American Body|Politic: A Deleuzian Approach.

"The essays in this superb collection show how contradictory and even imaginary the field is. Highly recommended."—CHOICE

"Film As Philosophy offers the reader a productive set of ideas for navigating today’s post-everything landscape."—Leonardo