Filmosophy/Film as Philosophy

  • Robert Sinnerbrink


This chapter offers a critical discussion of the idea of filmosophy or film as philosophy (otherwise called “film-philosophy” or simply “film and philosophy”). I explore the debate surrounding the idea of “film as philosophy”, distinguishing this approach from more traditional philosophy of film, and suggesting that it has a long history going back to key figures in early film theory. I then focus on the seminal work of Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze, often described as the inaugurators of film-philosophy. Finally, I examine recent proposals concerning the idea of “film as philosophy”, which argue for a more transformative relationship between philosophy and cinema, and offer some concluding reflections on how we might respond to some of the objections raised against this approach.


Cavell Deleuze Film-philosophy Mulhall Wartenberg 


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  • Robert Sinnerbrink
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  1. 1.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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