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Wittgenstein at the Movies - Cinematic Investigations

authors Béla Szabados & Christina Stojanova, Steven Burns, Andrew Lugg, William Lexington Books 2011 _ABOUT Wittgeinstein Tractatus

Film makers in focus Derek Jarman and Péter Forgacs
 
A sparkling and provocative collection that explores the many connections between Wittgenstein and film.

Wittgenstein emphasized the role of showing beyond what can be said, and lamented his inability to present philosophy poetically. Movies are a medium for both of these techniques. Finally we have a collection of reflections on Wittgenstein in and at the movies that take these techniques seriously in concrete ways. The contributors are first-rate, and the topics are just what you would hope for. (James C. Klagge, Virginia Tech )

 

It is well know that Wittgenstein was a fan of Hollywood B-movies, using them to clear his mind. It is not so well known that in different places in his writings he expressed a more sophisticated film aesthetic: nor is it so well known that he has been the subject of two movies, directed one by Derek Jarman and the other by Péter Forgács. This volume of original essays edited by Szabados and Stojanova aims to bring these materials to a wider audience—and admirably succeeds. As Szabados has shown in other scholarly writings, Wittgentsein's philosophizing was intensely personal: the ideas, the man, and the life are inextricably linked. These essays show us all three and as well the links. The essays substantially advance our understanding of one of the most elusive figures in twentieth-century philosophy. (Roger A. Shiner, University of British Columbia Okanagan )

A sparkling and provocative collection that explores the many connections between Wittgenstein and film. Distinguished philosophers and film theorists provide unexpected and insightful perspectives on Wittgenstein's love of movies, their role in his life and work, and films about him. (David Stern, University of Iowa )

This book is a collection of essays from both philosophers and film studies scholars, each centered on some aspect of the intersection between Wittgenstein and film. As such, its appeal is potentially wider than that of typical philosophy books....What is unique and valuable is the integration of films into the discussions.

(Philosophy in Review )