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This module explores the new and rapidly developing field of Film-Philosophy. The module aims to give those of you without a philosophical background the means to consider aspects of key philosophical works, such as Plato's Republic and Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. The module will examine the diverse ways in which these different philosophical writings have been taken up and applied to film, focusing on the work of key theorists including Thomas Wartenberg and Stanley Cavell. Film is allocated a variety of roles in philosophical writing - from acting as a good example of a particular philosophical argument to actively adapting and changing the philosophical system that it references. The module will enable us to consider a key question: ‘in what ways can film do philosophy?’


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Prof. Catherine Constable