Wittgenstein at the Movies

Wittgenstein at the Movies : Cinematic Investigations

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Wittgenstein at the Movies is centered on in-depth explorations of two intriguing experimental films on Wittgenstein: Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein and Peter Forgacs' Wittgenstein Tractatus. The featured essays look at cinematic interpretations of Wittgenstein's life and philosophy in a manner bound to provoke the lively interest of Wittgenstein scholars, film theorists, students of film aesthetics and artistic modernism, and those concerned with the world of Cambridge in the first half of the twentieth century.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739148850
  • 9780739148853

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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 Peter Forgacs. 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 G. 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 Reviewshow more

About Bela Szabados

Bela Szabados is professor of philosophy at the University of Regina. He is co-editor of Wittgenstein Reads Weininger and co-author of Hypocrisy: Ethical Investigations and On the Track of Reason, among other publications. Christina Stojanova is assistant professor of media production and studies at the University of Regina.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Wittgenstein at the Movies: An Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Showing, Not Saying: Filming a Philosophical Genius Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Remarks on the Scripts for Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein Chapter 4 Chapter 3. The World Hued: Jarman and Wittgenstein on Colour Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Sketches of Landscapes: Wittgenstein after Wittgenstein Chapter 6 Chapter 5. "How It Was Then": Home Movies as History in Peter Forgacs's Meanwhile Somewhere... Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Meaning Through Pictures: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Peter Forgacs Chapter 8 Chapter 7. Beyond Text and Image: Peter Forgacs and his Wittgenstein Tractatusshow more