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New Takes in Film-Philosophy offers a space for the advancement of the film-philosophy debate by some of its major figures. Fifteen leading academics from Philosophy and Film Studies develop new approaches to film-philosophy, broaden theoretical analyses of the topic and map out problems and possibilities for its future.

The collection examines theoretical issues about the relationship between film and philosophy; looks at the relationships film-philosophy has to other media such as photography and literature; and applies theoretical approaches to particular films and directors.

Written in a clear style that assumes no previous knowledge of any particular philosopher, this collection will appeal to advanced students and scholars in philosophy, film studies, cultural studies, media studies and the arts.


Description

New Takes in Film-Philosophy offers a space for the advancement of the film-philosophy debate by some of its major figures. Fifteen leading academics from Philosophy and Film Studies develop new approaches to film-philosophy, broaden theoretical analyses of the topic and map out problems and possibilities for its future.

The collection examines theoretical issues about the relationship between film and philosophy; looks at the relationships film-philosophy has to other media such as photography and literature; and applies theoretical approaches to particular films and directors.

Written in a clear style that assumes no previous knowledge of any particular philosopher, this collection will appeal to advanced students and scholars in philosophy, film studies, cultural studies, media studies and the arts.


Reviews

'New Takes in Film-Philosophy is a distinguished collection of essays on the philosophy of film, which offers an invaluable overview of the ongoing debates about whether films can do philosophy and if they are appropriate subjects for philosophical analysis. Illustrating a multiplicity of philosophical approaches to film, the essays explore the boundaries of film-philosophy and offer insightful readings of particular films.'
- Daniel Shaw, Lock Haven University, USA

'The encounter between the cinema and philosophy has been crucial to the development of thinking about film and to thinking itself. This volume gathers some of the pivotal writers in the area and provides a diverse, accessible and sophisticated introduction to the major debates surrounding film-philosophy. The articles range from general theoretical discussion to close film analysis and together articulate a new solution to the problematic divide between analytic and continental philosophy. The chapters by Thomas Wartenberg, Robert Sinnerbrink and Andrew Klevan are required reading for anyone interested in cinema or philosophy.'
- David Sorfa, Liverpool John Moores University, UK


Contents

Introduction: Philosophy of Film or Film-Philosophy?; H.Carel & G.Tuck
PART I: APPROACHES
On the Very Possibility of Film-PhilosophY; T.Wartenberg
Film Can't Philosophise (and Neither Can Philosophy): Cinematic Non-Philosophy; J.Mullarkey
Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Cinema? Notes towards a Romantic Film-Philosophy; R.Sinnerbrink
Reconsidering the Shameful Face of Philosophy; C.Constable
What is Philosophical Criticism?; A.Klevan
PART II: READINGS
Learning from the Movies: The Coen Brothers and Moral Truth; J.Baggini
In the Grip of Grief: the Materiality of Mourning in Vital; H.Carel
Fleshing Out the Image: Phenomenology, Pedagogy, and Derek Jarman's Blue; V.Sobchack
A Kiss in the Tunnel: Dialectics, Phenomenology and Sexual Representation; G.Tuck
A Bleak Burlesque: Haneke's Funny Games; A.McGettigan
PART III: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES: FORM AND MATTER
What Post-Photographic Film Calls Thinking; S.Mulhall
Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Non-Cognitive Affective Responses to Film and Literature; A.Coplan & D.Matravers
Confronting Negativity: Cinema and Adorno; H.Ford
The Physiology of Momentary Angels: towards a Reception Aesthetics of Media; K.Littau
Index


Authors

HAVI CAREL is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in the Department of Politics, University of the West of England, UK. She is the author of Illness (Acumen, 2008) and Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger (Rodopi, 2006), and co-edited What Philosophy Is: Contemporary Philosophy in Action (Continuum, 2004). She has also published widely in Philosophy journals and essay collections.
 
GREG TUCK is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of Culture, Media& Drama, University of the West of England, UK. He is the co-editor of Neo-Noir (forthcoming from Wallflower Press) and is writing a monograph for Palgrave, Philosophy, Cinema and Sex (forthcoming 2010).