OF FILM" Book Series

Still from Hitchcock, I Confess

Philosophy of Film:  A New Book Series by Brill

General Editor: Thorsten Botz-Bornstein, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait


Over the last several decades an increasing number of people have studied film with a general interest in philosophy. Philos-sophia, the love of wisdom, is an attempt at interpreting or questioning human existence and the world in its entirety. Naturally film can be one of its subjects. In this series, philosophical writers account for their experience of specific films, directors, certain themes, or the phenomenon of film in general. Philosophy of film exceeds the schedule of mere interpretation and puts film in relationship with classical philosophical questions such as (its own) essence, truth, or beauty. Those reflections can also take the form of film aesthetics and film theory, which are philosophical inasmuch as their approaches are methodologically sophisticated and transgress pure empiricism. Benefiting from the intellectual wealth of the entire history of the humanities, this series is an ideal source for anyone interested in the philosophical dimensions of cinema.

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Editorial Board:


Nathan Andersen, Eckerd College

Costica Bradatan, Texas Tech University at Lubbock

John Caruana, Ryerson University

Rey Chow, Duke University

Hye Seung Chung, Colorado State University

Dan Flory, Montana State University

András Bálint Kovács, Budapest University (ELTE)

Jason C. Kuo, University of Maryland

Robert Sinnerbrink, Macquarie University

Daniel Shaw, Lock Haven University

Kevin Stoehr, Boston University

Hunter Vaughan, Oakland University

Call for Book Proposals


Submission Guidelines:


Monographs, edited volumes as well as "companions to" are welcome. The minimum length is 75000 words main text. Please send a book proposal to and 

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About Brill: Brill is an international academic publisher founded in Leiden, Netherlands in 1683. Brill today publishes more than 200 journals and around 700 new books and reference works each year. Link to Brill website


Important information for anybody considering publishing in this series:  Brill books can also be used as textbooks. Brill's MyBook program enables students to purchase a paperback copy of any book provided they have access to the e-book version. More about the MyBook program here.

So far published:

Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter:

Death in Documentaries: The Memento Mori Experience  (2017)

Moving Memento Mori Pictures explores how viewers experience documentary films as memento mori.  The Latin injunction memento mori is commonly rendered in English as “remember mortality” or, more directly, “remember that you must die.”  This powerful injunction is given in artifacts, including texts and images.  Memento mori instructs, entices, and moves a viewer toward consciousness of one’s final demise.  Memento mori appears widely in cultural history, including in art, literature, photography, and film, but relatively little sustained attention has been put upon them together.  Documentary films in particular may be seen to take memento mori as their charge – they instruct viewers in consciousness of mortality. Table of Contents

T. Botz-Bornstein and Giannis Stamatellos (eds.):

Plotinus and the Moving Image: Neoplatonism and Film Studies (2018)

Can the philosophy of Plotinus’ (204/5–270) be used for film studies? In this volume, twelve philosophers discuss Neoplatonic models of thinking in film and film theory. The result is an original contribution to the philosophy of film. Film is a unique medium for a rapprochement of our modern consciousness with the thought of this philosopher of Late Antiquity. The Neoplatonic vestige is worth exploring in the context of the newly emerging “Cinema of Contemplation.” Bergson’s and Deleuze’s time-image is compatible with Plotinus’ theory of time as a transitory movement of the soul. Plotinus’ search for the “intelligible” that can be grasped neither by mere sense perception nor by abstraction leads to a fluent way of seeing that is interesting for film theorists. Table of Contents

Shai Biderman and Michael Weinman (eds.):

Plato and the Moving Image (2019)

Plato and the Moving Image shows how and why  debates in the philosophy of film can be advanced through the study of the role of images in Plato’s dialogues, and, conversely, why Plato studies stands to benefit from a consideration of recent debates in the philosophy of film. Contributions range from a reading of Phaedo as a ghost story to thinking about climate change documentaries through Plato’s account of pleonexia. They suggest how philosophical aesthetics can be reoriented by attending anew to Plato’s deployment of images, particularly images that move. They also show how Plato’s deployment of images is integral to his practice as a literary artist. Table of Contents

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