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Philosophy of the Arts


How to use film in philosophy, and to think philosophically about films.

The boredom of computerisation

Listening to the radio is not just about the music. JazzFM, SkyRadio, and many other radio stations broadcast randomly chosen selections from a selection of music. Perhaps the initial selection…

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Up In the Air (2009)

Thoughts I formulated about living in-between persons, put into a film. Very consistently. Clooney is great; one, also, gets the impression the film is about him. (IMDB)

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Iconising the Holocaust

Perhaps, Claude Lanzmann, in his review of Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, assumes that representations of the Holocaust of necessity become iconic images, assuming, also, that some images shouldn’t be allowed to:…

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Representing a token of a type

“But how can he tell what the holocaust was, if he is telling the story of a German who saved 1300 jews, while the overwhelming majority of the jews was not saved? Even when he shows the moment of the deportation to the Cracau ghetto, or the camp officer shooting at the deported, how can he do justice, even then, to the normalcy of the procedure of murder, the machinery of the extermination? It did not go like that for everyone. In Treblinka, or in Auschwitz, the possibility of salvation was inconceivable.” (Lanzmann). … (read on)

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Iconische Ironie

Voor degenen die afgelopen college moesten missen: we hebben naar een YouTube-filmpje gekeken: Der Untergang (Personeelsuitje). Hierin wordt op hilarische wijze de draak gestoken met de manier waarop Hitler en…

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