Cavellian meditations: how to do things with film and philosophy

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Stanley Cavell's writing on film has been an important inspiration for the recent 'philosophical turn' in film theory. But few studies have explored the significance of Cavell's style of writing, how it communicates his distinctive manner of thinking with film. This article explores Cavell's style as a way of doing philosophy, and suggests that his attempt to capture the aesthetic experience of film in evocative prose makes an important contribution to developing new ways of thinking in film-philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-69
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Cavell
  • style
  • aesthetics
  • film-philosophy


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