CFP: Plotinus and the Moving Image

Edited by Thorsten Botz-Bornstein and Giannis Stamatellos

To be published in the BRILL “Philosophy of Film” Series.

Deadline for abstracts: Sept. 30 2015. Deadline for final papers: June 30 2016.

Can Neoplatonic philosophy be used for film studies? Given the often-stated parallels between Plotinus’ and Bergson’s philosophies, it is surprising that Neoplatonism has provided relatively little input on philosophy of film. Curtis Hancock writes that the effects of Bergsonism are evident in pragmatism, psychology, and theology and that the decedents of Bergson have created a vestige of Neoplatonism that perdures into the late twentieth century. This vestige must also exist in film studies. Today, with the newly emerging “Cinema of Contemplation,” this Neoplatonic vestige is worth exploring. The following points (as well as others) can be developed:

1. Contemplation. Plotinus’ search for the “intelligible” that can be grasped neither by mere sense perception nor by abstraction or analysis, leads to “simple” contemplation: “Such vision is for those only who see with the soul’s sight—and at the vision, they will rejoice, and awe will fall upon them and a trouble deeper than all the rest could ever stir, for now they are moving in the realm of Truth” (“On Beauty,” Enn. I, 6, 4). Can a theory of “contemplative cinema” be built upon those ideas? Who contemplates? The viewer? The film? Read more here:!plotinus-and-film/c17gb

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