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Film and Philosophy
Pinpoint the creative crossroad between film and philosophy. See cinema as a subjective experience. Engage in cinematic thinking. Consider the viewpoints of philosophers and filmmakers. Question how and why film has a special way of affecting the viewer.
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- 24 Feb 2020
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able students to:
- examine and appraise developments in philosophy of film that deal with theoretical problems as well as broader philosophical, ethical and cultural issues
- analyse and evaluate the relationship between film and philosophy in contemporary culture.
- investigate and theorise primary and secondary sources and articulate a well-argued philosophical discussion in an essay format.
- apply and explore philosophical theories to specific film/TV examples.
- What is Philosophy of Film/Film-Philosophy?
- Ontologies of the Moving Image
- Understanding Film Narrative
- Cognitivism Goes to the Movies
- Affect and Emotion in Cinema
- Cinematic Ethics
- Film as Philosophy: Pro and Contra
- Film Philosophy Case Studies
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-PHIX365-Film and Philosophy
You must complete some Level 1 and 2 studies before starting this subject. Prior study in Philosophy is recommended.
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Some films will need to be purchased or hired
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as PHI350, PHIX365 Film and Philosophy.
What can philosophy teach us about cinema? What can cinema show us about philosophy? This subject explores these questions by investigating philosophical, aesthetic, and ethical aspects of our engagement with cinema. We will examine how film itself can explore philosophical problems in visual and narrative terms. We begin with the problems of cinematic representation, visual perception, and the ontology of the moving image. We analyse how film represents our subjective experience by exploring the phenomenology of perception and movement, emotional engagement and time-consciousness, moral psychology and ethical transformation. We study how films can express moral ideas, stage philosophical 'thought experiments', focusing on the provocative claim that films can 'do philosophy' by cinematic means. We consider how narrative and documentary film can contribute to our understanding of love and happiness, personal and cultural identity, environmental challenges and globalisation. Finally, we examine recent developments in film-philosophy responding to digital media and the aesthetics of long-form television series. Overall, the unit aims to show not only how philosophy can help us understand film but how cinema can help us become more imaginative and ethical thinkers.
- Participation (15%)
- Journal (25%)
- Quizzes (20%)
- Essay (40%)
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