Mario De Caro, Enrico Terrone

Contemplation and Detachment. A Wittgensteinian Theory of Film's Aesthetic Value

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Keywords: Film; Wittgenstein; Scruton; Aesthetic Value; Detachment.

In this article we claim that the aesthetic interest of traditional fiction films does not only consist in the dramatic representation they record (as influentially claimed by Roger Scruton), but also in the cinematic presentation of their portrayed subjects as detached from the spectator's environment. In arguing for this claim, we refer to some remarks that can be found in Wittgenstein's "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" and other early work.

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