Filmosophy/film as philosophy

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave handbook of the philosophy of film and motion pictures
EditorsNoël Carroll, Laura T. Di Summa-Knoop, Shawn Loht
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783030196011
ISBN (Print)9783030196004
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Cavell
  • Deleuze
  • film-philosophy
  • Mulhall
  • Wartenberg


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