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Palgrave Macmillan

A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television

ISBN 9781137014191
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

In response to the significant increase of judgment and judgmentalism in contemporary film and television, A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television investigates the evolving connections between the aesthetics and ethics of judgment. The volume ultimately contemplates whether we should, and can, do without judgment, questions that are just the beginning of a much-needed re-examination. The individual contributions of the collection all work towards a very specific focus on judgment that is unprecedented in its transdisciplinary composition and contemporary relevance. By exploring examples of entertainment that aim to instigate judgment, A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television advances the as yet underdeveloped area of research into television and philosophy.

Silke Panse is Lecturer for Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. She has published on documentary film and television in relation to art and continental philosophy in Third Text, Reading CSI (2007), Rethinking Documentary (2008), Blind Movies (2009), Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human (2013) and The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Documentary Cinema (2014). She is co-organizer of the AHRC funded Screening Nature Network: Flora, Fauna and the Moving Image (2013-).

Dennis Rothermel is Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Chico, USA. He conducts research in continental philosophy and cinema studies. He has published on Joel and Ethan Coen, Clint Eastwood, John Ford, Bertrand Tavernier, Julie Taymor, True Blood, 'Slow Food, Slow Film', 'Heroic Endurance', 'Anti-War War Films', and 'Grievability and Precariousness'.

1. Judgment between Ethics and Aesthetics: An Introduction; Silke Panse and Dennis Rothermel
2. The Judging Spectator in the Image; Silke Panse
3. The Tones of Judgment in Local Evening News; Dennis Rothermel
4. 'I'm Passionate, Lord Sugar:' Young Entrepreneurs, Critical Judgment and Emotional Labor in Young Apprentice; Anita Biressi and Heather Nunn
5. Amateur Biopolitics: Generalization of a Practice, Limits of a Concept; André Brasil and Cezar Migliorin
6. Peirce's Better Triad; Brian Winston
7. A Judgment on Judgment: Milošević On Trial; Jon Kear
8. Screen Truth; Claire Colebrook
9. Judging Cinema: Peter Greenaway's Visual J'accuse; Alan Singer
10. Cinematic Judgment and Universal Communicability: On Benjamin and Kant with Metz; Richard Rushton
11. Constructing the Non-Judgmental Event: Bruno Ganz's Affective Ethics in Knife in the Head and in The White City; Colin Gardner
12. Judgment and the Disappeared Subject in The Headless Woman; Bev Zalcock
13. Without Judgment: A Feminist Reading of the Immanent Ethics and Aesthetics in Morvern Callar; Teresa Rizzo
14. Biting Critiques: Paranormal Romance and Moral Judgment in True Blood, Twilight, and The Vampire Diaries; Lynn Marie Houston

Anita Biressi, University of Roehampton, UK
André Brasil, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Colin Gardner, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Lynn Houston, State University of New York, Orange, USA
Jon Kear, University of Kent, UK
Cezar Migliorin, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
Heather Nunn, University of Roehampton, UK
Silke Panse, University for the Creative Arts, UK
Dennis Rothermel, California State University, Chico, USA
Teresa Rizzo, University of Sydney, Australia
Richard Rushton, University of Lancaster, UK
Alan Singer, Temple University in Philadelphia, USA
Brian Winston, University of Lincoln, UK
Bev Zalcock, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK


"Film and Media Studies has tended to shy away from the idea of judgement but, as this collection of essays edited by Panse and Rothermel makes clear, judgement is an integral aspect of how film and media works. Judgement is a two way street – we judge what we see on the screen and in turn it judges us. This outstanding collection explores in depth the practical and theoretical issues raised by the problem of judgement." – Ian Buchanan, University of Wollongong, Australia
"This collection not only documents in manifold ways how judging and judgment permeates the production and reception of contemporary moving images, which Kant's Critique of Judgment never could have predicted. It also initiates the reader into exactly this philosophy in an extremely elegant and informed way." - Diedrich Diederichsen, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
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