Conclusion: Toward a Transdisciplinary Critical Theory of Film

  • Daniel White


The conclusion argues that film should be critically situated in the era of escalating crisis called the Anthropocene. Multiple commentaries now available on climate change and related environmental problems cry out for responses from across the arts and sciences to address the emerging human condition. Accordingly, a transdisciplinary and transcontextual critical theory is invoked to bring perspectives from the spectrum of knowledge into the service of human ecology and adaptation. For longer and broader philosophical perspectives, both classical Greek and Buddhist perspectives are recalled to provide a cross-cultural account of the problems of unity and variety, the one and the many, that underlie scientific models as well as artistic representations: the problems of knowledge, reality, and value for our time. The argument recalls the ideas of the prism and the Fibonacci spiral, discussed in Chap. 4, as guiding metaphors to comprehend the myriad ideas that must be brought into focus to negotiate the era. Finally, Lewis Carroll’s Alice at her famous game of croquet is imagined as a further metaphor for the dynamic complexity and artistry required to “play” the game of life in the biosphere—Gaia.


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  • Daniel White
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  1. 1.Honors CollegeFlorida Atlantic UniversityJupiterUSA

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