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Film as Philosophy

2017

Bernd Herzogenrath, Editor

Film as Philosophy

Film studies meets philosophy as never before

Assembling leading scholars from across the globe, Film as Philosophy presents research that leads film studies and philosophy into a productive dialogue. A major step toward establishing a media philosophy that puts the status, role, and function of film into a new perspective, this book removes representational techniques from the center of inquiry, replacing these with the medium’s ability to “think.”

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 “think”? 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, Jørgen 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 Münsterberg, Béla Balázs, André Bazin, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, Stanley Cavell, Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, 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’s ability to “think.” Hence it accords film with “agency,” 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; Noël 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 Ó 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.

Film as Philosophy

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.

Film as Philosophy

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 Antiphilosophy: 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