Questioning Style

Robert Sinnerbrink*

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According to tradition, philosophy begins in wonder. We might add that it usually ends in one of two ways, either in self-assured mastery or in thoughtful perplexity. Philosophical reflection on film presents an intriguing variation on this theme. Here too we find wonder at the cinema: what it is or how it works, what makes it so arresting, enchanting, or overwhelming. Nonetheless, like traditional philosophical reflection on art – think of Plato’s anxiety over the role of poetry in the polis – philosophers of film often end up disenfranchising cinema by reducing it to an instrumental example or passive theoretical object. Alternatively, however, philosophy can engage in a thoughtful meditation that accompanies film, translating the experience it affords into a different register and in doing so perhaps also transforming itself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Language and Style of Film Criticism
EditorsAndrew Klevan
Place of PublicationHoboken
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780415560955
ISBN (Print)9780203817315
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


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