Philosophy and Film

Anthologies, Articles and Monographs on the Field


Allen, Richard and Smith, Murray. Film Theory and Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Carel, Havi and Greg Tuck, eds. New Takes in Film-Philosophy. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Carroll, Noël and Jinhee Choi, eds. Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures: An Anthology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2006.

Colman, Felicity, ed. Film, Theory and Philosophy. Durham: Acumen, 2009.

Frampton, Daniel. Filmosophy. London: Wallflower Press, 2006.

Freeland, Cynthia and Thomas Wartenberg, eds. Philosophy and Film. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Herzogenrath, Bernd, ed. Film as Philosophy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Jarvie, Ian. Philosophy of the Film: Epistemology, Ontology, Aesthetics. New York: Routledge, 1987.

Livingston, Paisley and Carl Plantinga, eds. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Marmysz, John. Cinematic Nihilism: Encounters, Confrontations, Overcomings, Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

Mullarkey, John. Refractions of Reality: Philosophy and the Moving Image. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Phillips, James, ed. Cinematic Thinking: Philosophical Approaches to the New Cinema. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008.

Rodowick, D.N. Philosophy's Artful Conversation. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015.

Rodowick, D.N. Elegy for Theory. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014.

Shamir, Tal. Cinematic Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Sinnerbrink, Robert. New Philosophies of Film: Thinking Images. London; New York : Continuum, 2011.

Wartenberg, Thomas. Thinking on Screen: Film as Philosophy. London; New York: Routledge, 2007.


Special Volume: "Contemporary Perspectives on Film and Philosophy," Contemporary Aesthetics 5 (2016)

Sorfa, David. "What is Film-Philosophy?" Film-Philosophy 20.1 (2016): 1-5.

Vaughan, Hunter. "What is the French Philosophy of Cinema? An Introduction." New Review of Film and Television Studies 8.1 (2010): 1-11.

Film and Philosophical Question/Contexts

Denson, Shane. Postnaturalism: Frankenstein, Film, and the Anthropotechnical Interface. Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag/Columbia UP, 2014.

Herzogenrath, Bernd, ed. Media Matter: The Materiality of Media, Matter as Medium. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017. (Section on Film-Matter)

Magerstädt, Sylvie. Philosophy, Myth, and Epic Cinema: Beyond Mere Illusion. New York; London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015.

Marmysz, John. Cinematic Nihilism: Encounters, Confrontations, Overcomings. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

Pamerleau, William C. Existentialist Cinema. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Panagia, Davide. Impressions of Hume: Cinematic Thinking and the Politics of Discontinuity. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013.

Perniola, Mario. “Toward a Philosophical Cinema.” In Art & Its Shadow. Trans. Massimo Verdicchio. 34-43. New York, NY: Continuum, 2004. 

Pollmann, Inga. Cinematic Vitalism: Film Theory and the Question of Life, Amsterdam University Press, Film Theory in Media History, March 2018.

Trifonova, Temenuga. Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime, Routledge, 2017.

Yacavone, Daniel. Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema. New York: Columbia University, 2014.