The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures

  • Noël Carroll
  • Laura T. Di Summa
  • Shawn Loht

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. The Medium in Film and Motion Pictures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Noël Carroll
      Pages 29-47
    3. Nick Wiltsher, Aaron Meskin
      Pages 49-69
    4. Patrick Keating
      Pages 71-93
  3. The Structure of Film and Motion Pictures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Patrick Keating
      Pages 119-141
    3. Karen Pearlman
      Pages 143-163
    4. David Davies
      Pages 165-187
    5. Paloma Atencia-Linares
      Pages 189-214
    6. Ted Nannicelli
      Pages 215-234
  4. Approaches and Schools

  5. Philosophy Through Film

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 467-467
    2. Thomas E. Wartenberg
      Pages 491-511
    3. Robert Sinnerbrink
      Pages 513-539
  6. Auteur Theory, the Avant-Garde and New Filmmakers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 541-541
    2. Tom Gunning
      Pages 551-571
    3. Malcolm Turvey
      Pages 573-600
  7. Documentary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 601-601
    2. Laura T. Di Summa
      Pages 627-650
  8. Movies and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 651-651
    2. Zoë Cunliffe
      Pages 653-675
    3. Lewis R. Gordon
      Pages 677-697
    4. Jacob M. Held
      Pages 721-755
    5. Sheryl Tuttle Ross
      Pages 757-780
  9. Movies and the Arts

  10. Emotions and Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 843-843
    2. Jonathan Gilmore
      Pages 845-863
    3. Jesse Prinz
      Pages 893-921
    4. Nickolas Pappas
      Pages 923-945
  11. Alternative Media

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 947-947

About this book


This handbook brings together essays in the philosophy of film and motion pictures from authorities across the spectrum. It boasts contributions from philosophers and film theorists alike, with many essays employing pluralist approaches to this interdisciplinary subject. Core areas treated include film ontology, film structure, psychology, authorship, narrative, and viewer emotion. Emerging areas of interest, including virtual reality, video games, and nonfictional and autobiographical film also have dedicated chapters. Other areas of focus include the film medium’s intersection with contemporary social issues, film’s kinship to other art forms, and the influence of historically seminal schools of thought in the philosophy of film. Of emphasis in many of the essays is the relationship and overlap of analytic and continental perspectives in this subject.


Film and Philosophy Motion Pictures Pornography Cinema and the other arts Post-Structuralism

Editors and affiliations

  • Noël Carroll
    • 1
  • Laura T. Di Summa
    • 2
  • Shawn Loht
    • 3
  1. 1.The Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.William Paterson UniversityWayneUSA
  3. 3.Baton Rouge Community CollegeBaton RougeUSA

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