This volume advances the contemporary debate on five central issues in the philosophy of film. These issues concern the relation between the art and technology of film, the nature of film realism, how narrative fiction films narrate, how we engage emotionally with films, and whether films can philosophize. Two new essays by leading figures in the field present different views on each issue. The paired essays contain significant points of both agreement and disagreement; new theories and frameworks are proposed at the same time as authors review the current state of debate. Given their combination of richness and clarity, the essays in this volume can effectively engage both students, undergraduate or graduate, and academic researchers.
Table of Contents
Introduction Katherine Thomson-Jones PART I: What is the relation between the art and the technology of film?1. Cinematic Art and Technology Berys Gaut 2. Movie Appreciation and the Digital Medium Katherine Thomson-Jones PART II: In what ways is film a realistic medium? 3. Imagined Seeing and Some Varieties of Cinematic Realism George M. Wilson 4. Realism in Film (and other representations) Robert Hopkins PART III: How do films work as narrative fictions? 5. Fictional Indeterminacy, Imagined Seeing and Cinematic Narration Angela Curran 6. Motion Picture Narration Noël Carroll PART IV: How do films engage our emotions? 7. Putting Cognition in its Place: Affect and the Experience of Narrative Film Carl Plantinga 8. A Neurophysiological Foundation for Cinematic Empathy Dan Shaw PART V: Can films philosophize? 9. Film-As-Philosophy: The Pro Position Thomas E. Wartenberg 10. Film, Philosophy, and the Varieties of Artistic Value Murray Smith
Katherine Thomson-Jones is an associate professor of philosphy at Oberlin College.