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Author: Such, Dávid| Date: 30. 11. -1. | Type: Article, Essay | Subject: Consciousness – Dream – Film | Published: Metropolis - 2012 / 2 - Consciousness – Dream – Film

Filmic thought-experiments
Reading moving images’ dream and mind concepts from the point of view of analytical philosophy

Analytical philosophy descended from a great revolution of the early twentieth century that turned philosophy into rigorous logical analysis of our fundamental concepts, like ‘being’, ‘knowledge’ or ‘good’.

In this philosophical tradition there isn’t any topic called the philosophy of dreams or problem of dreams. Instead there are various epistemological, metaphysical or mind-philosophical issues which are somehow related to dreams. The reason is that dreaming is more an extreme state of mind, within which the correct application of our everyday concepts is radically questioned, than a single phenomenon, consequently in movies concerning dreams there are a number of ways to utilize them.

As the author argues, these extreme conditions can give philosophical impression to a film, because the viewer is forced to reflect on the application of his/her concepts in new and unfamiliar circumstances.

This proposal is illustrated with presentation of several ‘case study’ from some famous movies. Furthermore the author compares the concept of the world represented in these films with the so called ‘thought-experiments’, which can be described as argumentative or illustrative tools in the exposition of philosophical problems in analytical philosophy functioning as extreme cases, where the application of an analysed concept become insecure and therefore requires revision and re-definition.

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