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'Response to Stanley Cavell's The World Viewed'

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posted on 22.09.2016 by Paul Jenner
Stanley Cavell’s The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology Film (1979 [1971]) is patient with the ways in which common sense is threatened by our experience of film. The book offers a perspective rather than an overview, foregrounding its own conditions – working mostly from the memory of films, for instance, and seeking to focus Cavell’s sense of a discontinuity in his moviegoing experience. Questions of cinematic ontology, held at an experiential level, join a broad philosophical-historical narrative concerning our lack of presentness to the world. Both of these strands develop preoccupations and discoveries found in Cavell’s reception of ordinary language philosophy. Disclosing the contours of the cinematic through juxtapositions with other media, in ways evoking both medium-specific and post-medium concerns, Cavell’s study of film further establishes the reach of his key term, ‘acknowledgment’.

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  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • English and Drama

Published in

Journal of Contemporary Painting

Volume

1

Issue

1

Citation

JENNER, P., 2015. 'Response to Stanley Cavell's The World Viewed'. Journal of Contemporary Painting, 1 (1), pp. 19-26.

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© Intellect Ltd

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Publication date

2015

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This paper was accepted for publication in the Journal of Contemporary Painting. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jcp.1.1.19_1

ISSN

2052-6695

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2052-6709

Language

en

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