When the Twain Shall Meet: On the Divide Between Analytic and Continental Film Philosophy

  • John Ó Maoilearca


The purpose of this chapter is to analyze both the history and different meta-philosophies lying at the heart of the divide between Analytic and Continental film philosophy. It charts the genealogy of two philosophical “worldviews” so to speak, while also updating and tempering the “divide” with examples of contemporary practice from working film philosophers that transcend various divisions, both thematic and conceptual. Beyond the function of surveying where film philosophy has come from alongside how it has developed more recently, the chapter, therefore, also forwards the proposition that, among contemporary practitioners of film philosophy, there is a vast amount to share from all sides in what they practice or actually do rather than in what they say about what they do (especially as the latter is aligned with certain avowed philosophical lineages that place more emphasis on difference rather than commonality).


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  1. 1.Kingston School of ArtKingston UniversityLondonUK

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