Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality

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This is the first book to explore all central issues surrounding the relationship between the film-image and philosophy. It tackles the work of particular philosophers of film (Žižek, Deleuze and Cavell) as well as general philosophical positions (Cognitivist and Culturalist), and analyses the ability of film to teach and create philosophy.

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Overview

This is the first book to explore all central issues surrounding the relationship between the film-image and philosophy. It tackles the work of particular philosophers of film (Žižek, Deleuze and Cavell) as well as general philosophical positions (Cognitivist and Culturalist), and analyses the ability of film to teach and create philosophy.

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‘In this engaging, comprehensive, incisive work, Mullarkey addresses whether film can philosophize on its own, adding something original, rather than simply illustrating concepts that philosophers extract from their own discourse…An indispensible work for students/scholars in philosophy of film/art, aesthetics, and film studies.’ – D. W. Rothermel, CHOICE

'This book, in some sense, brings to an end a certain phase of film theorizing and instead looks toward something quite new: how theories have been written and how they may be written, how they fall into types, how these types are filling out not a logical grid but a grid of the anxieties we feel, and the defenses we erect toward the everyday. A wonderful, ground-breaking book.' - Edward Branigan (University of California, Santa Barbara), author of Projecting a Camera: Language-Games in Film Theory and Narrative Comprehension and Film

'Highly original both in its concern for avoiding the illustrative approach generally favoured by philosophers, and in the speculative ambition that looms behind the critical edge of its readings of contemporary film- philosophers. The very question "when does the film itself happen?" is a fundamental one, which is rarely addressed. Mullarkey is opening the door to a brand new type of philosophical engagement with films.' - Elie During (Université de Paris X-Nanterre), author of Matrix: Machine philosophique
 
'Mullarkey brings an informed, critical view to a number of theories from both the Continental tradition (his specialization) and the Anglo-American tradition...Refractions of Reality is an original and valuable contribution to the field of film philosophy...It is perhaps most valuable in its highly successful dislocation of the rigid, myopic perspective of so many contemporary theories' - Joseph Mai, Notre Dame Philosophy Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230285019
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN MULLARKEY is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee, Scotland. His publications include Bergson and Philosophy (1999) and Post-Continental Philosophy: An Outline (2006). He is an editor of Film-Philosophy.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface: The Film-Envy of Philosophy
Introduction: Nobody Knows Anything!
Illustrating Manuscripts
Bordwell and Other Cogitators
Žižek and the Cinema of Perversion
Deleuze's Kinematic Philosophy
Cavell, Badiou, and Other Ontologists
Expanded Cognitions and the Speeds of Cinema
Fabulation, Process and Event
Refractions of Reality Or, What is Thinking Anyway?
Conclusion: Code Unknown - A Bastard Theory for a Bastard Art
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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