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    Aristotle’s Poetics is the first philosophical account of an art form and is the foundational text in the history of aesthetics. The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Poetics is an accessible guide to this often dense and cryptic work. Angela Curran introduces and assesses: Aristotle’s life and the background to the Poetics the ideas and text of the Poetics , including mimēsis ; poetic technē; the definition of tragedy; the elements of poetic composition; the Poetics’ recommend…Read more
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    The Philosophy of Film: Introductory Text and Readings (edited book)
    with Thomas E. Wartenberg
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2005.
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    Silly Questions and Arguments for the Implicit, Cinematic Narrator
    In Noël Carroll, Laura T. Di Summa & Shawn Loht (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of the Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures, Springer. pp. 97-118. 2019.
    My chapter aims to advance the debate on a problem often raised by philosophers who are skeptical of implied narrators in movies. This is the concern that positing such elusive narrators gives rise to absurd imaginings (Gaut 2004: 242; Carroll 2006: 179-180). Friends of the implied cinematic narrator reply that the questions critics raise about the workings of the implied cinematic narrator are "silly ones" to ask. I examine how the "absurd imaginings" problem arises for all the central argument…Read more
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    Medium-Involving Explanations and the Philosophy of Film
    British Journal of Aesthetics 52 (2): 191-195. 2012.
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    Review of Dan Flory, Philosophy, Black Film, Film Noir (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (3). 2009.
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    Review: Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman: On Film as Philosophy by livingston, paisley (review)
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (2): 253-255. 2011.
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    In Paisley Livingston & Carl Plantinga (eds.), Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Film, Routledge. 2008.
    This paper focuses on philosophical issues regarding Bertolt Brecht's engagement with film. Topics that are discussed include: Brecht's influence on filmmaking and film theory; the claim that Brecht held that mainstream films place viewers under the "illusion" that what they are watching on screen is real; Brecht's rejection of empathy; and the linkage of film form and socially critical content.
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    Sovereign Virtue
    International Studies in Philosophy 27 (2): 143-144. 1995.
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    Can horror films be tragic? From an Aristotelian point of view, the answer would seem to be no. For it is hard to see how a film that places a monster at the center of the plot could evoke pity and fear in the audience. This paper argues that some films belong to both horror and tragedy, and so can be accommodated as tragedies according to Aristotle's framework in the Poetics.
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    with Carol Donelan
    In Paisley Livingston & Carl Plantinga (eds.), Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Film, Routledge. 2008.
    "Gender" is a term that refers to the behavioral, social and psychological traits typically associated with being male or female. This article examines some central issues in the study of gender in film, including the link between filmic conventions and social ideology; gender and the viewer's emotional response to film; and challenges by cognitivist philosophers of film to the claim that movies effect the viewer through mobilizing unconscious responses.
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    Issues in Aristotelian Essentialism
    Dissertation, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 1992.
    Scholars agree that Aristotle held a view that has been called "Aristotelian Essentialism" , but disagree about what this thesis entails. I reconstruct as the view that there are certain individuals, namely substances, that have essences, and that essences are to be understood as "explanatorily basic" features of an individual--features of an individual substance that serve as part of a scientific explanation of the presence of other features of that individual, but are not themselves explained …Read more
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    Sovereign Virtue: Aristotle on the Relation Between Virtue and Prosperity (review)
    International Studies in Philosophy 27 (2): 143-144. 1995.
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    This paper focuses on the debate over two central claims regarding cinematic narration: the claim that there are implicit cinematic narrators and the thesis that when we watch movies, we imagine seeing the events and characters in the film fiction. I examine what a consideration of the indeterminate nature of fictional narration, that is, what is specified by the fiction about how we come to imagine the story events, can contribute to the debate on these issues. It is argued that consideration o…Read more
  • Aristóteles y la "Poética"
    Ediciones Cátedra. 2019.
    La "Poética" de Aristóteles es la primera investigación filosófica sobre una forma de arte y un texto fundacional de la historia de la estética. Es una de las obras de Aristóteles más ampliamente leídas y ha atraído el interés de un gran número de comentaristas filosóficos y literarios. El significado de sus ideas clave, especialmente el concepto de catarsis, ha sido objeto de acaloradas disputas y ha ejercido una enorme y prolongada influencia. Muchos autores han seguido las recomendaciones de …Read more