[SydPhil] UNSW PHILOSOPHY WORK IN PROGRESS SEMINAR: Christopher Falzon on 'Experimental film and philosophical experience' | 29 October 2019

Heikki Ikaheimo h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au
Tue Oct 22 19:23:14 AEDT 2019

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Experimental film and philosophical experience

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Abstract:  Recent claims by philosophers and film theorists that there can be something like ‘film as philosophy’ have produced controversy. For some, the idea has to be rejected out of hand; others have argued that films can, within limits, ‘do’ philosophy. This talk looks at one influential view of this, that films can be said to do philosophy in the sense of working like the thought experiments that can be found in written philosophical texts. I will argue, rather, that film as experimental in this sense enlarges the possibilities for reflecting on one’s presuppositions in the light of experience. Moreover, I’ll suggest, this points to an expanded conception of what counts as philosophical reflection itself – to philosophy as an experimental practice of thought that transforms the thinker, and not primarily through the force of better argument, but through experiences that change how one thinks. This in turn provides a good way of thinking about the cinematic thought experiment as a form of philosophising. It is by portraying such transformative ‘philosophical experiences’ that films can be said to do philosophy.

Bio:    Chris Falzon is a Visiting Fellow in philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney. His research interests lie in twentieth-century French philosophy, especially the work of Foucault; and in film and philosophy. His latest book is Ethics Goes to the Movies (Routledge 2018).

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Speaker:   Chris Falzon, Visiting Fellow in Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW

Event Details:

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

12:30-1:30 pm
Room 310, Morven Brown

Kensington Campus, UNSW

This is a free event, all welcome.

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Contact: Heikki Ikäheimo
e: h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au<mailto:h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au>

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
UNSW Sydney,
NSW 2052

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