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Philosophy and the Patience of Film in Cavell and Nancy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Daniele Rugo
    Pages 1-11
  3. Daniele Rugo
    Pages 13-71
  4. Daniele Rugo
    Pages 73-117
  5. Daniele Rugo
    Pages 119-160
  6. Daniele Rugo
    Pages 161-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-196

About this book


Philosophy and the Patience of Film presents a comparative study of the work of Jean-Luc Nancy and Stanley Cavell. It discusses the effect of their philosophical engagement with film, and proposes that the interaction between philosophy and film produces a power of patience capable of turning our negation of the world into a relation with it.

Through detailed readings of cinematic works ranging from Hollywood classics to contemporary Iranian cinema, this book describes the interaction between film and philosophy as a productive friction from which the concept of patience emerges as a demand for thinking.

Daniele Rugo explains how Nancy and Cavell's relationship with film demands the surrendering of philosophical mastery, and that it is precisely this act in view of the world that brings Cavell and Nancy to the study of film. While clarifying the nature of their engagement with film this book suggests that film does not represent the world, but 'realizes' it. This realization provides a scene of instruction for philosophy.


Romanticism Continental Philosophy Stanley Cavell Jean-Luc Nancy Martin Heidegger Ludwig Wittgenstein Hollywood

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Social Sciences, Media & Comm.Brunel UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Daniele Rugo is Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, Media & Communications at Brunel University, London. He is the author of Jean-Luc Nancy and the Thinking of Otherness (2013). His articles have appeared in Angelaki, Continental Philosophy Review, Film-Philosophy and Studies in European Cinema.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Philosophy and the Patience of Film in Cavell and Nancy
  • Authors Daniele Rugo
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-58059-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84544-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-58060-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 196
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aesthetics
    Film Theory
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“The book … leaves the reader with a taste for reflection’s pleasures, for what it can do when it does not run amok. It is a reminder that thought, too, might help show how different different things are.” (Kathleen Kelley, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 39 (2), 2019)

“The book is an excellent overview of the mutual concerns of Stanley Cavell and Jean-Luc Nancy … . The Patience of Film will be most useful to philosophers and film scholars looking for new connections between continental and analytic or postanalytic traditions, since the book’s primary contribution is the way that it brings Nancy and Cavell together through detailed readings of their work.” (Chelsea Birks, Symposium,, August, 2018)

“In this dense study Rugo (communication and media studies, Brunel Univ., UK) examines aspects of the film writings of Stanley Cavell and Jean-Luc Nancy in parallel. … This is a book for specialists.” (C. D. Kay, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)