Philosophers on Film from Bergson to Badiou

A Critical Reader

Edited by Christopher Kul-Want

Columbia University Press

Philosophers on Film from Bergson to Badiou

Pub Date: October 2019

ISBN: 9780231176033

368 Pages

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Philosophers on Film from Bergson to Badiou

A Critical Reader

Edited by Christopher Kul-Want

Columbia University Press

Philosophers on Film from Bergson to Badiou is an anthology of writings on cinema and film by many of the major thinkers in continental philosophy. The book presents a selection of fundamental texts, each accompanied by an introduction and exposition by the editor, Christopher Kul-Want, that places the philosophers within a historical and intellectual framework of aesthetic and social thought.

Encompassing a range of intellectual traditions—Marxism, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, gender and affect theories—this critical reader features writings by Bergson, Benjamin, Adorno and Horkheimer, Merleau-Ponty, Baudrillard, Irigaray, Lyotard, Deleuze, Kristeva, Agamben, Žižek, Nancy, Cavell, Rancière, Badiou, Stiegler, and Silverman. Many of the texts discuss cinema as a mass medium; others develop phenomenological analyses of particular films. Reflecting upon the potential of films to challenge dominant forms of ideology, the anthology considers the ways in which they can disrupt the clichés of capitalist images and offer radical possibilities for creating new worlds of visceral experience outside the grasp of habitual forms of knowledge and subjectivity. Ranging from the early silent period of cinema through the classics of European and Hollywood cinema to the early twenty-first century, the films discussed offer a vivid sense of these philosophers’ concepts and ideas, casting new light on the history of cinema. This reader is an essential and valuable resource for a wide range of courses in film and philosophy.
The contemporary philosophers included in this anthology have been prominent in Anglophone discourse in the humanities over the last twenty years, yet their contributions to film theory have not been addressed in a systematic fashion. Philosophers on Film from Bergson to Badiou offers a coherent framework for approaching this diverse group of philosophers, and the summaries of the arguments of the individual selections are informed, accurate, and accessible. This anthology promises to serve an important function in cinema studies. Ronald Bogue, University of Georgia
An essential collection that gathers the most important works, both classical and contemporary, on film and philosophy. It covers all of the field’s complex configurations from the continental tradition: philosophy of film, philosophy in film, as well as film as philosophy. No serious film philosopher will be able to leave home without it. John Ó Maoilearca, Kingston University, London
This important and comprehensive collection offers a complex and carefully chosen series of texts that set out the difficult and urgent relations between film and philosophy, as well as between popular cultures and critical thinking over the last century. Christopher Kul-Want's introduction is a subtle and definitive guide through these crucial issues of modern culture that will enable the reader to find their own place among them. Adrian Rifkin, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Creative Evolution, by Henri Bergson
2. The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, by Walter Benjamin
3. The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception, by Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer
4. The Film and the New Psychology, by Maurice Merleau-Ponty
5. On Contemporary Alienation or the End of the Pact with the Devil, by Jean Baudrillard
6. The Looking Glass, from the Other Side, by Luce Irigaray
7. Acinema, by Jean-François Lyotard
8. Cinema I: The Movement-Image, by Gilles Deleuze
9. Cinema II: The Time-Image, by Gilles Deleuze
10. The Malady of Grief: Duras, by Julia Kristeva
11. Notes on Gesture, by Giorgio Agamben
12. “In His Bold Gaze My Ruin Is Writ Large”, by Slavoj Žižek
13. And Life Goes On: Life and Nothing More, by Jean-Luc Nancy
14. Contesting Tears, the Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman, by Stanley Cavell
15. From One Manhunt to Another: Fritz Lang Between Two Ages, by Jacques Rancière
16. Cinema as Philosophical Experimentation, by Alain Badiou
17. Cinematic Time, by Bernard Stiegler
18. The Miracle of Analogy: or, The History of Photography, Part 1, by Kaja Silverman
Selected Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Christopher Kul-Want is course leader of the MRes Art course and leader of the MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy pathway at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. He is the editor of Philosophers on Art from Kant to the Postmodernists: A Critical Reader (Columbia, 2010), to which this volume is a companion.