Philosophy and Film

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Course Objective

The objective of the course to respond to the cinematic image with the conceptual resources of philosophy. This is not a course in film appreciation. We shall learn to speak and write about what we see. We shall discuss some of the seminal philosophical works on Cinema.

Course Content

This course develops the conceptual resources of philosophy to respond to the cinematic image. The topics include: Ontology of the cinematic Image; cognitive and phenomenological approaches to perception and imagination; relationship between representation and reality and between seeing and saying; space, time and image; movement and animation, memory, history, narrative; anthropology of images, truth in cinema; Cinema as art; Cinema’s relationship to painting and literature; cinema and technology, the digital image.
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