• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

“The creation of film was as if meant for philosophy – meant to reorient everything philosophy has said about reality and its representation, about art and imitation, about greatness and conventionality, about judgement and pleasure, about scepticism and transcendence, about language and expression” (Stanley Cavell, Contesting Tears).

This course aims to explore the hypothesis that film may reorientate philosophy, even as philosophy may illuminate film.

The course will proceed by viewing films in conjunction with philosophical texts with a view to their mutual illumination. Some texts will be philosophically inspired commentaries on film or treatments of the intersections of film and philosophy. Others are selected for a philosophical content that resonates with and is ‘reoriented’ by the film viewed. The course also examines philosophical approaches to the aesthetics and phenomenology of film and looks at the idea that in the twentieth century our understanding of materiality, images and representation is fundamentally transformed by the experience of cinema.

Indicative Assessment

One 2,500 word essay, plus other components chosen from shorter written exercises, tutorial participation and tutorial presentations.

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A one-hour lecture, a one hour tutorial and a screening per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 Units of Philosophy (PHIL) or Film (FILM) Courses.

Preliminary Reading

* Chris Falzon, Philosophy Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Philosophy (Routledge, London and New York 2002)




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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