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Film (the Forum)

23 May 2017, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

“Film is made for philosophy”, wrote Stanley Cavell, “it shifts or puts different light on whatever philosophy has said about appearance and reality, about actors and characters, about scepticism and dogmatism, about presence and absence”. Does the language of cinema lend itself to questions of metaphysics and mortality? How can a character, a close up, or a cut represent a concept? In this panel, a filmmaker, a film critic, and a philosopher explore the ways in which film has engaged with philosophy and ask how far we might consider film itself a philosophical medium.

Lenny Abrahamson, filmmaker, director of Adam & Paul (2004), Frank (2014), and the Oscar-winning Room (2015)
Maximilian de Gaynesford, Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading
Francine Stock, writer, critic, and broadcaster, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme

Shahidha Bari, Lecturer in Romanticism in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London and Fellow, Forum for European Philosophy Fellow


23 May 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Sheikh Zayed Theatre
New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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