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By Robert Sinnerbrink By Robert Sinnerbrink
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Description: This title gives a critical exploration of analytic and Continental philosophies of film, which puts film-philosophy into practice with detailed discussions of three filmmakers. The relationship between film and philosophy has become a topic of intense intellectual interest. But how should we understand this relationship? Can philosophy renew our understanding of film? Can film challenge or even transform how we understand philosophy? "New Philosophies of Film" explores these questions in relation to both analytic and Continental philosophies of film, arguing that the best way to overcome the mutual antagonism between these approaches is by constructing a more pluralist film-philosophy grounded in detailed engagement with particular films and filmmakers. Sinnerbrink not only provides lucid critical analyses of the exciting developments and contentious debates in the new philosophies of film, but also showcases how a pluralist film-philosophy works in the case of three challenging contemporary filmmakers: Terrence Malick, David Lynch, and Lars von Trier. "New Philosophies of Film" thus puts interdisciplinary inquiry on film and philosophy into practice, and should be of great interest to students and researchers working across the disciplines of philosophy, film theory, and cultural studies.

Review: New Philosophies of Film is an ambitious attempt to overcome the Analytic-Continental divide in theorizing about film and to develop a new understanding of the relationship between film and philosophy. Beginning with a critical overview of recent developments in the philosophy of film and ending with interpretations that present film as a new mode of thinking, this book breaks new ground and will have to be reckoned with by anyone interested in film and philosophy. Thomas E Wartenberg, Professor of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA.

Contents: Introduction: Why Philosophy of Film Now?; Part I: The Analytic-Cognitivist Turn; 1. The Empire Strikes Back: From "Grand Theory" to the New Film Ontology; 2. The Bad and the Beautiful: Narrative, Character Engagement, and Genre; 3. Artificial Intelligence: Cognitivism Goes to the Movies; Part II: The 'Continental'-Romantic Paradigm; 4. From Ontology to Appreciation: Cavellian Romanticism; 5. Time, Affect, and the Brain: Deleuzian Cinematic Thinking; 6. Who's Afraid of Ideology Critique? The New Political Film Aesthetics; Part III: Cinematic Thinking; 7. From Badlands to New Worlds: Terrence Malick's Cinematic Poetry; 8. Cinematic Ideas: David Lynch as Film-Philosopher; 9. Beyond Dogme: Lars von Trier's Romantic Irony; Conclusion: From Philosophy of Film to Film-Philosophy; Filmography; Bibliography; Index.

Author Biography: Robert Sinnerbrink is Lecturer in Philosophy at Macquarie University, Australia. He is the author of Understanding Hegelianism (Acumen, 2007), and co-editor of Critique Today (Brill, 2006), and published articles on Malick, Lynch, and von Trier in journals including Film-Philosophy, Projections: The Journal of Movies and Mind, and Senses of Cinema.

Description: This title gives a critical exploration of analytic and Continental philosophies of film, which puts film-philosophy into practice with detailed discussions of three filmmakers. The relationship between film and philosophy has become a topic of intense intellectual interest. But how should we understand this relationship? Can philosophy renew our understanding of film? Can film challenge or even transform how we understand philosophy? "New Philosophies of Film" explores these questions in relation to both analytic and Continental philosophies of film, arguing that the best way to overcome the mutual antagonism between these approaches is by constructing a more pluralist film-philosophy grounded in detailed engagement with particular films and filmmakers. Sinnerbrink not only provides lucid critical analyses of the exciting developments and contentious debates in the new philosophies of film, but also showcases how a pluralist film-philosophy works in the case of three challenging contemporary filmmakers: Terrence Malick, David Lynch, and Lars von Trier. "New Philosophies of Film" thus puts interdisciplinary inquiry on film and philosophy into practice, and should be of great interest to students and researchers working across the disciplines of philosophy, film theory, and cultural studies.

Review: New Philosophies of Film is an ambitious attempt to overcome the Analytic-Continental divide in theorizing about film and to develop a new understanding of the relationship between film and philosophy. Beginning with a critical overview of recent developments in the philosophy of film and ending with interpretations that present film as a new mode of thinking, this book breaks new ground and will have to be reckoned with by anyone interested in film and philosophy. Thomas E Wartenberg, Professor of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA.

Contents: Introduction: Why Philosophy of Film Now?; Part I: The Analytic-Cognitivist Turn; 1. The Empire Strikes Back: From "Grand Theory" to the New Film Ontology; 2. The Bad and the Beautiful: Narrative, Character Engagement, and Genre; 3. Artificial Intelligence: Cognitivism Goes to the Movies; Part II: The 'Continental'-Romantic Paradigm; 4. From Ontology to Appreciation: Cavellian Romanticism; 5. Time, Affect, and the Brain: Deleuzian Cinematic Thinking; 6. Who's Afraid of Ideology Critique? The New Political Film Aesthetics; Part III: Cinematic Thinking; 7. From Badlands to New Worlds: Terrence Malick's Cinematic Poetry; 8. Cinematic Ideas: David Lynch as Film-Philosopher; 9. Beyond Dogme: Lars von Trier's Romantic Irony; Conclusion: From Philosophy of Film to Film-Philosophy; Filmography; Bibliography; Index.

Author Biography: Robert Sinnerbrink is Lecturer in Philosophy at Macquarie University, Australia. He is the author of Understanding Hegelianism (Acumen, 2007), and co-editor of Critique Today (Brill, 2006), and published articles on Malick, Lynch, and von Trier in journals including Film-Philosophy, Projections: The Journal of Movies and Mind, and Senses of Cinema.

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SKU 9781441153432
Author(s) Sinnerbrink, Robert
Subtitle Thinking Images
Publisher(s) Continuum Publishing Corporation
Format Paperback
Original publication date 1 Oct 2011
Number of pages 264

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