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COGNITIVE FILM THEORY

Gregory Currie

in Arts and Minds

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199256280
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601712 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256284.003.0009
COGNITIVE FILM THEORY

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Cognitive film theory is reckoned a powerful and distinctive, if minority position in film studies. What does it say? Argues that Bordwell's constructivism about meaning and his account of perception are not essential components of the project, which is better characterized by commitment to theses calls rationalism and realism, and by a presumption in favour of folk psychology. Cognitivists — who might be better called rationalists — should not be too cognitive, especially in matters of perception.

Keywords: Bordwell; cognitivism; film; interpretation; perception; psychoanalysis

Chapter.  8009 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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