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With a philosopher’s eye: A ‘naive’ view on animation


Malpas, J, With a philosopher's eye: A naive' view on animation, Animation: an interdisciplinary journal, 9, (1) pp. 65-79. ISSN 1746-8477 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1746847713520521


Animation has never been a subject that has attracted much interest from philosophers. Indeed, one is hard-pressed to find any examples of philosophers working centrally within the discipline who have directly addressed the topic of animation. Someone like Thomas Lamarre, who must surely be counted one of the leading theorists of animation, comes from outside philosophy even though he also draws heavily on philosophical ideas and sources. Often when animation is directly addressed by philosophers, it is from within discussions of film or visual aesthetics (and frequently only as part of some larger discussion – e.g. Cavell, 1979, or Deleuze, 1986), or else, more commonly, in terms of the philosophical content for which particular animated works are taken as the vehicle (this seems especially true of the volumes in the Philosophy and Popular Culture series that address animation, e.g. Irwin et al., 2001, and Steiff and Tamplin, 2010). Often animation itself appears as a field onto which already existing philosophical approaches and concerns can be projected and inscribed – and to some extent this is true, notwithstanding its groundbreaking position in the field, of Alan Cholodenko’s seminal

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:anima, Hugo, image, life, movement, philosophy, place, time, topography
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Malpas, J (Professor Jeff Malpas)
ID Code:91804
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-05-30
Last Modified:2015-04-13

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