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Film, Art, and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film

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2019.08.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Murray Smith, Film, Art, and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film, Oxford University Press, 2017, 294pp., $46.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780198790648. Reviewed by Trevor Ponech, McGill University At the end of his fascinating insider's tour of a third research culture at a crossroads of the humanities and natural sciences, Murray Smith reminds readers of a guiding precept that many in his core audience of philosophical aestheticians and cognitivist cinema scholars will have already endorsed before the expedition began. "Good empirical research," he says, "requires attention to its conceptual scaffolding, and good philosophical theorizing demands alertness to the relevance of empirical findings about the world" (223). The kind of regulated cross-border trade Smith envisages is partly facilitated by a recent wave of cognitive neuroscientific experimental investigations of movie spectatorship, including studies of empathy and emotional responsivity. Smith's "third culture" recognizes that our experiences of artworks are natural phenomena. It does not... Read More

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