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Two Theses on the Relationship between Film and Philosophy in Discussions of 21st Century Film Theory: Cinematic Philosophy or Philosophical Cinema?


In this article, two theses, film as philosophy and philosophy of film, are discussed. The article questions the essence of the cinematic medium, cinematic image, reality, virtu- ality, cinematic representation, and expression, the main issues of many film theories

– with regard to the two theses. First, through Daniel Frampton’s Filmosophy (2006), considered a radical way to comprehend cinema, the cinematic image and its relation to contemplative situations and different perceptual processes will be examined. Then the article argues that the concept of philosophy in action, employed in Stephen Mulhall’s On Film (2002) to point out autonomous images, is inadequate for an investigation of the possibility of pure images in cinema. Lastly, the argument against the thesis of film as philosophy is examined in the context of theories developed by Paisley Livingston, Thomas E. Wartenberg, David Davies, and Tom McClelland, and these theories are criticized as being inherently naive.

Keywords: Film as philosophy, philosophy of film, film-being, film-world