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Trust in the World: A Philosophy of Film

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2018.01.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Josef Früchtl, Trust in the World: A Philosophy of Film, Sarah L. Kirkby (tr.), Routledge, 2018, 182 pp., $140.00 (hbk) ISBN 9781138708785. Reviewed by Joseph Mai, Clemson University Josef Früchtl's book, which originally appeared in German as Vertrauen in die Welt in 2013, is a complex and thoughtful addition to the ever-growing field of film and philosophy. Früchtl explores the idea, first formulated by Gilles Deleuze, that cinema is an art form capable of establishing trust in the world. This is an interesting and original proposition, which suggests that the cinema might bring a widely relevant cultural response to a philosophical problem: the world-negating tendencies of skepticism. As Früchtl reminds us, skepticism is a central strain of the Western philosophical and religious tradition, ranging from Plato's theory of forms to Christianity's insistence on two worlds. Descartes' division between the. . .

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