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Text and Spectacle in The Matrix Franchise

Bruce Isaacs

Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Toward a New Film Aesthetic

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...Conceptualizing the Spectacle Aesthetic Understood in its totality, the spectacle is both the outcome and the goal of the dominant mode of production. It is not something added to the real world—not a decorative element, so to speak...

The Cinematic Real: Image, Text, Culture

Bruce Isaacs

Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Toward a New Film Aesthetic

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...The Spectacle Aesthetic, Or the Cinematic Real In talking about cinema, I have been talking about life as well; however, I do not want to make too many claims. I am not arguing that this perspective offers in some sense a better view...

A Notion of Film Aesthetics

Bruce Isaacs

Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Toward a New Film Aesthetic

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...Engaging the Aesthetic Impulse Contemporary cultural formations have been theorized through postmodern ideas of fragmentation, distillation, and a “politics of difference” that has questioned fixed notions of identity and subjectivity. How...

Toward a Theory of Popular Culture

Bruce Isaacs

Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Toward a New Film Aesthetic

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...Culture as Functionality If we are asked to believe that all literature is “ideology,” in the crude sense that its dominant intention (and then our only response) is the communication or imposition of “social” or “political” meanings...

Coda. From Doubt to Acknowledgment, or: The Philosophical Significance of Skepticism Films Revisited

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...The coda wraps up this book’s journey through the problematic yet fascinating relation between film, philosophy, and skepticism. In lieu of a conclusion, and as a call for continuing film-philosophical reflection, it takes up Stanley...

Tools for Philosophical Film Analysis

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Chapter 8 develops tools for philosophical film analysis. The chapter claims that film-philosophical discourse has, so far, neglected methodological issues concerning the philosophical analysis of films. The approach presented here roughly...

Varieties of Skepticism Films

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Chapter 7 uses a wide range of film examples for developing the typology of skepticism films, which adapts Davidson’s model of triangulation and broadly distinguishes between external world skepticism films, self-knowledge skepticism films,...

Varieties of Philosophical Skepticism: Knowledge, Acknowledgment, and Trust

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Chapter 4 outlines the function of skepticist ideas and thought experiments in traditional philosophical discourse, particularly in Cavell’s works, and uses Donald Davidson’s model of triangulation—which distinguishes knowledge...

Introduction: Skepticism Films. A Certain Tendency in Contemporary Cinema

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...The Introduction (chapter 1) outlines the topic of the book. By combining a historical outline of the roots of skepticist thought with cinema’s perennial preoccupation with exploring the boundaries between illusion and reality, it proposes...

Remediating Philosophy, or: The Media of Philosophical Thought

Philipp Schmerheim

Philipp Schmerheim is Lecturer in Children’s Media Research at the University of Bremen, Germany, and Adjunct Lecturer for Film-Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research focuses on film-philosophy, philosophical film analysis, the history and analysis of children’s film, and theories of intermediality. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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skepticism films : knowing and doubting the world in contemporary cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Based on the insights of chapter 2, chapter 3 takes a shot at the more radical position that films can be hierarchically (equal) audiovisual expressions of philosophical thought in their own right. The chapter suggests a transmedial...