The Philosophy of Film

1177 WordsJan 26, 20185 Pages
The philosophy of film is a quickly developing area of philosophical and aesthetic research. Philosophers have focused both on stylish issues about film as a creative medium - the theory of film - and addresses about the philosophical substance of films — films as philosophy. Thomas E. Wartenberg (Professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke College) did a great job in showing when a film illustrates a philosophic claim and how “The Matrix” make contribution to philosophy. In this paper, I will look at another film, “Blade Runner”, to see the connection between philosophy and film, then discuss the question: Are the Replicants human? Wartenberg addressed the question: “Can philosophy be screened?” (pg. 272) He then used thought experiment as a way that a film can represent philosophy. So what is “thought experiment”? Thought examinations include nonexistent situations in which the audience are asked to envision what things might be similar to if such-and-such were the situation. The individuals who feel that movies can really do philosophy show that fiction films can work as philosophical thought experiments and consequently qualify as philosophical. Wartenberg argues that it some fiction films as working in ways that thought experiments do, and thus they may be seen as doing philosophy. (pg. 276) He uses Wachowski Brothers’ 1999 hit, “The Matrix” as his example. The film addresses part of a big philosophical question, which is “what is reality?” What we see on screen is a
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