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“This book offers a welcome and original contribution to the field: a Wittgenstein-inspired humanistic approach to cinema that argues for a philosophy of film ‘without theory’… an original contribution to contemporary discussions of film and philosophy.”

– Dr Robert Sinnerbrink, Macquarie University, Australia.

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Philosophy of Film Without Theory is co-edited by Craig Fox and Britt Harrison. It is published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2023. Its contents are:

Introduction: Philosophy of Film, With and Without Theory – Craig Fox and Britt Harrison

PART ONE: DOING WITHOUT THEORY YET STILL DOING PHILOSOPHY

The Procrustean Bed of Theory: In Conversation with Richard Allen & Malcolm Turvey – Richard Allen, Malcolm, Turvey, Craig Fox, and Britt Harrison

It All Depends: Some Problems with Analytic Film Theorising from the Perspective of Ordinary Language Philosophy – Andrew Klevan

Lone Star: Ambiguity as a Philosophical Given, and a Philosophical Virtue – Katheryn Doran

No Theory in Marienbad – Constantine Sandis

Film and the Space-Time Continuum – Maximilian De Gaynesford

PART TWO: THE APPEAL OF – AND TO – WITTGENSTEIN

Ordinary Returns in Le notti di Cabiri – John Gibson

Wittgensteinian film-as-philosophy exemplified: Exploring the exploration of point-of-view in Cuaron’s space-exploration film Gravity – Rupert Read

On Films that Think by Seeing Frictionally: Toward a Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Film – Carla Carmona

PART THREE: REVISITING – AND RECONSIDERING – CAVELL

Knowing or Not-Knowing in the Cinema? A Response to Cavell – David Macarthur

Cavell, Experiences of Modernism, and Kamran Shirdel’s The Night it Rained – Craig Fox

The Same Again, Only a Little Different: Stanley Cavell’s Two Takes on The Philadelphia Story – William Rothman

PART FOUR: SEEING FACES, FINDING OTHERS

Seeing One Another Anew with Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors – Eran Guter and Inbal Guter

A Punctum Scene in Shoah – Rob van Gerwen

Mary Magdalene and Murdochian Film Phenomenology – Lucy Bolton

PART FIVE: CINEMATIC INVESTIGATIONS

Cinematic Invisibility: The Shower Scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho – James Conant

Entertaining Unhappiness – Sebastian Sunday

In Kieślowski’s Restaurant des Philosophes: determinism and free will under surveillance – Colin Heber-Percy

Loving The Characters, Caring for The Work: Long Term Engagement with TV Serials – Iris Vidmar Jovanović

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