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What Is Film?


Julie N. Books

In What Is Film?, Julie N. Books critically evaluates three philosophical doctrines of film realism (transparency, illusionism, and perceptual realism) and defends her view that films are creative works of art. By examining contemporary films, such as computer-animated films and films with computer-generated images, Dr. Books shows how films are creative works of art, thereby undermining the long-held view that films are slavish recordings of reality. This book is ideal for academics and courses on the philosophy of film, film theory, film history, filmmaking, metaphysics, and the philosophy of art.
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JULIE N. BOOKS, Esq. received her A.B. with honors from Princeton University, her J.D. from The College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law, her M.A. in philosophy from New York University, and her Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of The Supersensible in Kant’s Critique of Judgment (2016).

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