Logo Utrecht University

Philosophy of the Arts


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

Vision and Justice

People who lack a vision are bound to mistake politics for content, someone’s self-assured utterances for his understanding of things. We find such people all over the globe. Yet, some…

Read more

Lanzmann and Lang

Claude Lanzmann argued (a.o.) that the Shoah cannot be represented (photographically, I would want to add). He states this clearly in explaining what he would do had he found documentary…

Read more

Een zekere film en zijn gevolgen

Op televisie hoorde ik een woordvoerder uit Iran verzuchten dat het vertonen van de film hetzelfde was als een buitenlander hier op straat in elkaar slaan. Nederland zou dan toch…

Read more

Historical documentary footage

A natural sense of melancholia overcomes one easily when watching historical documentary footage. The people one watches are all but dead and gone. Their lives, however miserable or joyful, held…

Read more