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When many people hear "philosophy of film" they think "philosophy through film." That is, they think of work on the philosophical contributions made by film.  This middle category is home to work that explores the philosophy found in movies and philosophy done in conjunction with a film. It contains both philosophy in film and philosophy through film. The most common approach is that addressing a single film. Less common, some address the philosophy of a filmmaker. And, even less common, some work on the philosophical insights to be had from particular genres of film, such screwball comedy and the western.

Key works The special issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism on the philosophy of film (Smith & Wartenberg 2006) features several essays exploring the philosophic potential of film.  The exchange between Livingston 2006 and Smuts 2009 provides a good introduction to question, Can film do philosophy? Grau 2005 is an excellent example of philosophy through film.
Introductions Livingston 2010 provides an introduction to the area.
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  1. Groundhog Day and the Good Life.Diana Abad - 2012 - Film-Philosophy 16:149-164.
    Normal 0 21 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 One of the most important questions of moral philosophy is what makes a life a good life. A good way of approaching this issue is to watch the film Groundhog Day which can teach us a lot about what a good life consists in - and what not. While currently there are subjective and objective theories contending against each other about what a good life is, namely hedonism and desire satisfaction theories on the (...)
  2. Dis-)Continuities From "Within" the West. "A Double Set of Glasses": Stanley Kubrick and the Midrashic Mode of Interpretation.Nathan Abrams - 2012 - In Saër Maty Bâ & Will Higbee (eds.), De-Westernizing Film Studies. Routledge.
  3. Reviews Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman: On Film as Philosophy . By Paisley Livingston. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, £32.50. [REVIEW]John Adams - 2010 - Philosophy 85 (3):409-413.
  4. What is There Really in the World?" Forms of Theory, Evidence and Truth in Fahrenheit 9/11: A Philosophical and Intuitionist Realist Approach. [REVIEW]Ian Aitken - 2009 - In Warren Buckland (ed.), Film Theory and Contemporary Hollywood Movies. Routledge.
  5. Is Film the Alien Other to Philosophy?: Philosophy as Film in Mulhall's On Film.Nathan Andersen - 2005 - Film and Philosophy 9:1.
  6. Is Film the Alien Other to Philosophy?, on Stephen Mulhall On Film.Nathan Andersen - 2003 - Film-Philosophy 7 (3).
    Stephen Mulhall _On Film_ London and New York: Routledge, 2002 ISBN 0-415-24796-9 142 pp.
  7. Smoke and the Practice of Philosophy.J. H. Atchley - 2008 - Film and Philosophy 12:41.
  8. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, Edited by Paisley Livingston and Carl Plantinga. [REVIEW]Paloma Atencia-Linares - 2010 - Disputatio:317--320.
  9. Alien Ways of Thinking.Julian Baggini - 2005 - Film and Philosophy 9:12.
  10. Alien Ways of Thinking, on Stephen Mulhall On Film.Julian Baggini - 2003 - Film-Philosophy 7 (3).
    Stephen Mulhall _On Film_ London and New York: Routledge, 2002 ISBN 0-415-24796-9 142 pp.
  11. Les Belles Images? Mid-Life Crisis and Old Age in Tamara Jenkins' The Savages.Susan Bainbrigge - 2012 - In Jean-Pierre Boulé & Ursula Tidd (eds.), Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective. Berghahn Books.
  12. Have You Taken Your Rorschach Test?, on The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real, Edited by William Irwin.Jon Baldwin - 2005 - Film-Philosophy 9 (3).
  13. If a Film Did Philosophy We Wouldn't Understand It.Daniel Barnett - 2007 - Film-Philosophy 11 (3):138-146.
  14. The First Rule of Fight Club.Nancy Bauer - 2011 - In Thomas Wartenberg (ed.), Fight Club. Routledge.
  15. Cogito Ergo Film: Plato, Descartes, and Fight Club.Nancy Bauer - 2005 - In Rupert Read & Jerry Goodenough (eds.), Film as Philosophy: Essays on Cinema After Wittgenstein and Cavell. Palgrave-Macmillan.
  16. Thinking with Cinema: Deleuze and Film Theory.Jeffrey Bell - 1997 - Film-Philosophy 1 (1).
    on 'Gilles Deleuze, Philosopher of Cinema', special issue of the journal Iris.
  17. Happy Together? : Generic Hybridity in 2046 and In the Mood for Love.Gary Bettinson - 2009 - In Warren Buckland (ed.), Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 167.
  18. Loyalty, Utility, and Integrity in Casablanca: The Use of Film in Explicating Philosophical Disputes Concerning Utilitarianism.Thomas Bivins - 2007 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 22 (2 & 3):132 – 150.
    Can concepts such as loyalty and integrity remain intrinsically valuable personal traits even as we devote ourselves to that which requires the loyalty in the first place (the greater good)? Does utilitarian deliberation rest on too extreme a notion of impartiality - one that focuses exclusively on the consequences of actions, leaving people, in the words of Bernard Williams, "mere faceless numbers"? Using the film Casablanca as an extended analogy, this article attempts to reconcile the concept of loyalty to a (...)
  19. Please Make More Films, on The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America , Edited by Hannah Patterso.John Bleasdale - 2005 - Film-Philosophy 9 (4).
    _The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America_ Edited by Hannah Patterson London: Wallflower Press, 2003 ISBN 1-903364-75-2 195 pp.
  20. Claire Denis's Chocolat and the Politics of Desire.Jean-Pierre Boulé - 2012 - In Jean-Pierre Boulé & Ursula Tidd (eds.), Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective. Berghahn Books.
  21. Cédric Klapisch's The Spanish Apartment and Russian Dolls in Nausea's Mirror.Jean-Pierre Boulé - 2011 - In Jean-Pierre Boulé & Enda McCaffrey (eds.), Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective. Berghahn Books.
  22. Introduction.Jean-Pierre Boulé & Enda McCaffrey - 2011 - In Jean-Pierre Boulé & Enda McCaffrey (eds.), Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective. Berghahn Books.
  23. Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective.Jean-Pierre Boulé & Enda McCaffrey (eds.) - 2011 - Berghahn Books.
    At the heart of this volume is the assertion that Sartrean existentialism, most prominent in the 1940s, particularly in France, is still relevant as a way of ...
  24. Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective.Jean-Pierre Boulé & Ursula Tidd (eds.) - 2012 - Berghahn Books.
    This book is an attempt to redress this balance and reopen the dialogue between Beauvoir's writings and film studies.
  25. Introduction.Jean-Pierre Boulé & Ursula Tidd - 2012 - In Jean-Pierre Boulé & Ursula Tidd (eds.), Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective. Berghahn Books.
  26. Horror's Philosophic Auteurs: Heidegger, the Uncanny, and Jacques Tourneur's Horror Films.Curtis Bowman - 2003 - In Steven Jay Schneider & Daniel Shaw (eds.), Dark Thoughts: Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror. Scarecrow Press.
  27. Theorizing Bruce Lee: Film-Fantasy-Fighting-Philosophy.Paul Bowman - 2010 - Rodopi.
    ' Armoured with his philosophical nunchakus, Bowman goes to battle with anyone who may doubt Lee's ongoing importance, and this book will undoubtedly become ...
  28. Film Review Etienne!: A Film About the Little Things in Life. [REVIEW]Katrina A. Bramstedt - 2009 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (4):513-514.
  29. The Thanatoria of Soylent Green: On Reconciling the Good Life with the Good Death.Matthew Burstein - 2009 - In Sandra Shapshay (ed.), Bioethics at the Movies. Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 275.
  30. New Takes in Film-Philosophy.Havi Carel & Greg Tuck (eds.) - 2011 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    New Takes in Film-Philosophy offers a space for the advancement of the film-philosophy debate by some of its major figures. Fifteen leading academics from Philosophy and Film Studies develop new approaches to film-philosophy, broaden theoretical analyses of the topic and map out problems and possibilities for its future. The collection examines theoretical issues about the relationship between film and philosophy; looks at the relationships film-philosophy has to other media such as photography and literature; and applies theoretical approaches to particular films (...)
  31. Film as Philosophy.Havi Carel & Greg Tuck - 2010 - The Philosophers' Magazine 50 (50):30-31.
    More people desperately require an organ than become donors themselves. When discussing organ donation, people mainly consider the question whether they want to donate, whereas empirically they are more likely to be on the receiving end. So it is rational for each of us to join the organ donor register and to agree to donate our relative’s organs, if we are ever in that situation.
  32. Philosophy in the Moving Image: Response to Bruce Russell.Noel Carroll - 2008 - Film and Philosophy.
  33. The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film.Stanley Cavell - 1979 - Harvard University Press.
  34. Pourquoi Un Septième Art?: Cinéma Et Philosophie.Jean-Yves Chateau - 2008 - Presses Universitaires de France.
  35. La Philosophie D’Après le Cinéma.Hugo Clémot - 2013 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 69 (3-4):431-450.
    Resumo Pode um filme ser filosófico ? Para os filósofos analíticos esta questão dá origem àquilo que Paisley Livingston designou por “problema da paráfrase”, um dilema intratável para os adeptos da “tese audaciosa”, segundo a qual alguém pode envolver-se com a filosofia através do cinema. Este artigo defende que a prática corajosa de Stanley Cavell, de sempre procurar abordar a filosofia através do cinema, demonstra a importância de um baluarte sediado na autenticidade das análises conceptuais cinematográficas, que vieram a ser (...)
  36. Les Jeux Philosophiques de la Trilogie Matrix.Hugo Clémot - 2011 - Vrin.
    La trilogie Matrix a suscité une littérature philosophique très importante dans le monde entier. Plus de dix ans après la sortie du premier des trois films, il est temps de faire un bilan des meilleures contributions et de proposer une interprétation inédite qui s’appuie non seulement sur l’ensemble de la trilogie, mais aussi sur les courts métrages animés, les comic books et les jeux vidéo conçus pour accompagner les films. Cette approche prétend en outre apporter une réponse à la question (...)
  37. Selfless Cinema?: Ethics and French Documentary.Sarah Cooper - 2006 - Legenda.
  38. Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies.Damian Cox & Michael P. Levine - 2011 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    An introduction to philosophy through film, _Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies_ combines the exploration of fundamental philosophical issues with the experience of viewing films, and provides an engaging reading experience for undergraduate students, philosophy enthusiasts and film buffs alike. An in-depth yet accessible introduction to the philosophical issues raised by films, film spectatorship and film-making Provides 12 self-contained, close discussions of individual films from across genres Films discussed include Total Recall, Minority Report, La Promesse, Funny Games, Ikuru, The (...)
  39. Review: Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman: On Film as Philosophy by Livingston, Paisley. [REVIEW]Angela Curran - 2011 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (2):253-255.
  40. Review of Dan Flory, Philosophy, Black Film, Film Noir[REVIEW]Angela Curran - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (3).
  41. Le plan subjectif réversible: Sur le point de vue au cinéma à partir des écrits de Merleau-Ponty.Anna Caterina Dalmasso - 2016 - Studia Phaenomenologica 16:135-162.
    When I am watching a movie, I perceive on the screen a space, which is united and lived, even if it appears as fragmented and separated from the world in which I live. But is the space of the cinematic frame equivalent or commensurable with the one I see through my own eyes? Are they opposed to each other or do they merge together? The most amazing example of the possible convergence of gaze and frame the film realizes is the (...)
  42. How Movies Do Philosophy.Wack Daniel - 2014 - Film and Philosophy 18.
  43. Medium and the 'End of the Myths': Transformation of the Imagination in The World Viewed.Wack Daniel - 2013 - Conversations: A Journal of Cavellian Studies 1:43-66.
  44. Films of Situation. Being-Lost in Translation.Michelle R. Darnell - 2011 - In Jean-Pierre Boulé & Enda McCaffrey (eds.), Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective. Berghahn Books.
  45. Lost in Translation.Michelle R. Darnell - 2011 - In Jean-Pierre Boulé & Enda McCaffrey (eds.), Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective. Berghahn Books.
  46. Eastwood Reading Beauvoir Reading Eastwood: Ageing and Combative Self-Assertion in Gran Torino and Old Age.Oliver Davis - 2012 - In Jean-Pierre Boulé & Ursula Tidd (eds.), Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective. Berghahn Books.
  47. Terminator and Philosophy: I'll Be Back, Therefore I Am.Kevin S. Decker & Richard Brown (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley.
    A timely book that uses science fiction to provoke reflection and discussion on philosophical issues From the nature of mind to the ethics of AI and neural enhancement, science fiction thought experiments fire the philosophical imagination, encouraging us to think outside of the box about classic philosophical problems and even to envision new ones. Science Fiction and Philosophy explores puzzles about virtual reality, transhumanism, whether time travel is possible, the nature of artificial intelligence, and topics in neuroethics, among other timely (...)
  48. Identity, Agency & Tragedy.A. E. Denham & Franklin Worrell - 2013 - In Zina Giannopoulos (ed.), The Philosophy of Film: David Lynch. Routledge.
  49. What If We Are Post-Ethical? : Postmodernism's Ethics and Aesthetics.Lisa Downing - 2010 - In Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters. Routledge.
  50. Two Dogmas of Sartrean Existentialism.Matthew Eshleman - 2002 - Philosophy Today 46 (5):68-74.
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