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By Felicity Colman

A fantastic advent for college kids, movie, thought and Philosophy brings jointly major students to supply a transparent, special evaluate of the main thinkers who've formed the sector of movie philosophy. From continental philosophers to analytical philosophers, film-makers, movie reviewers, sociologists, and cultural theorists, the essays show how philosophy will be utilized to movie research and the way movie can be utilized to demonstrate philosophical difficulties. yet most significantly, the essays discover how cinema has formed modern philosophy and the way philosophy has ended in a reappraisal of movie. This assortment will turn out a useful reference and advisor to readers attracted to a deeper figuring out of the problems and insights awarded through the philosophy of movie.

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In Flusser s view, we may be running out of time to grasp the New World coming into being around us, but we nonetheless have the chance to seize the day and reboot our­ selves into a state of advanced consciousness. "One of my commitments is to teach people, as far as I can, to ask the right questions, not to become victims of the image, but to use the image as a tool for critical analysis" (Flusser 1988). For the world of techno-images is, for Flusser, concrete and therefore usable, and in this he opposes Baudrillard: Baudrillard believes that we are living in a world where the simulations hide reality.

So, contra Carroll, Miinsterberg s film-mind analogy can be illuminating because it draws on our ordinary experience of perception, attention, emotion and imagination, all of which we must presuppose in understanding and enjoying any kind of film. To this phenomenological remark I shall add an aesthetic pendant. Wicclair and Carroll both assume that Miinsterberg is making an epistemological or ontological claim rather than an aesthetic one concerning the relative "superiority" of film art over theatrical presentation.

30 2 VILEM FLUSSER Adrian Martin Vilem Flusser was born in Prague on 12 May 1920. He grew up in a family of Jewish intellectuals, and began studying philosophy in 1939. Facing the German Occupation, he and his wife Edith first fled to London, and then settled in Brazil. During the 1940s and 1950s, he worked in industry. In 1959 he became Lecturer in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Sao Paulo, and began publishing his first academic essays and newspaper articles. His first book, Lingua e realidade (Language and reality), appeared in 1963.

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