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The Philosophy of Motion Pictures : Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts - Noel Carroll

The Philosophy of Motion Pictures

Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts


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The philosophy of motion pictures has typically been explored in a top-down fashion. The essence of motion pictures is identified - usually understood in terms of photographic film - and every other feature of the film is weighed in relation to that essence.<br> <br> Philosophy of Motion Pictures offers a new approach, championing the concept of the moving image in a more freestyle manner. Motion pictures are defined in a way that not only embraces the media in which moving images exist, but which also affirms the variety of purposes they may legitimately serve. Characterizations of key cinematic elements -- the shot, the sequence, the erotetic narrative, and its modes of affective address -- are not deduced from first principles, but rather from topic to topic in a piecemeal fashion. The result is a more pluralistic review of this emerging field of study than is found in more conventional texts on film theory.<br> <br> Topics include film as art, medium specificity, defining the moving image, representation, editing, narrative, emotion and evaluation. These topics reflect the legacy of traditional film theory for the contemporary philosophy of the moving image, while suggesting a new direction for theorizing the motion picture.

"As the very first introduction to philosophy of film... ThePhilosophy of Motion Pictures is ideal for generating new andwider philosophical interest in film as a technologically evolvingart form. ...[The book] does beautifully what any goodintroduction should: It leaves us with a sense of deeperunderstanding but also an eagerness to continue the conversation."(Katherine Thomson-Jones, Journal of Aesthetics and ArtCriticism (vol. 66, issue 4))

"Carroll is arguably the foremost philosopher of film writingtoday. With the assistance of a handful of other philosophers, hehas created a vital and lively philosophical specialty out of afield that was mostly moribund prior to the 1980s. ThePhilosophy of Motion Pictures deserves study by anyoneseriously interested in the philosophy of film. The clarity withwhich it is written and the broad scope of its concerns make it abook that deserves serious attention and discussion." (BritishJournal of Aesthetics)

"One of the more insightful scholarly approaches to cinema inrecent years. The book explores film...with several interestingand intellectually stimulating and satisfying chapters."(RogueCinema.com)

"Scholarly, detailed and thoroughly-argued ... .It is a finebook. Persuasive and informative and will undoubtedly become a keytext in cinematic studies." (Metapsychology)

"Carroll provides a useful compendium of the central problemsand ruling concepts in contemporary film aesthetics. Recommended."(Choice)


Introduction: From Film Theory to the Philosophy of the Moving Image.

1. Film as Art.

2. Medium Specificity.

3. What Is Cinema?.

4. The Moving Picture ? the Shot.

5. Moving Images ? Cinematic Sequencing and Narration.

6. Affect and the Moving Image.

7. Evaluation.

Select Bibliography.


ISBN: 9781405120258
ISBN-10: 1405120258
Series: Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 241
Published: 1st September 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.22  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1