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McLuhan's Method: the Mad Hatter at Tea with Austin and Wittgenstein
What was McLuhan doing? How was he doing it? Was it important? Within this essay I try to answer those questions by linking what he said and did, and how he did it, with the ways and means of the seemingly dissimilar ...
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Induction? Flip a Coin, Twice if Needed
A simple solution to Hume's problem of induction, pragmatically construed.
'In a Moment of Brilliance': Heidegger's Horsemen, HIGH NOON and the Existential Sentiment of 'Westerns'
By evidence and common consent, great 'western' movies are mythical encompassing a Weltanschauung that has engaged viewers within diverse cultures for over a century. Questions recur, however. What makes them so? and why ...
'In My Mind's Ear': Misconstruing Sounds as Sights – a Philosophical and Cinematical Caution
The notion of 'imaging' music ought to perplex us philosophically, for 'to imagine' is a verb of visualisation. Hearing musical events may cause us to imagine things, and seeing things may cause us to think of hearing ...
Pudovkin's Precept: Coherence, Kant and 'Temporal Concentration'
In 1926, Vsevolod Pudovkin solved the fundamental problem of film design. More exactly, he showed filmmakers how to select and order the parts of a movie (its shots, scenes and sequences of them) to ensure that viewers can ...
Nelson Goodman's 'Theory of Symbols': an Exposition and Critique
Notes in outline form for a presentation on 13 February 1985 to the 'Media, Mind and Society' seminar of David R. Olson, Co-Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of the University of Toronto, on the ...
Pudovkin, Kant and the Principle of Perceptual Coherence
In 1926 Vsevolod Pudovkin, while making his first feature film, articulated a precept crucial to understanding how powerful movies are made. He did so by assimilating unwittingly the core of Kant's principle of experiential ...
Michelson, Morley and Me: How We See, Hear and Hear Movies
The Michelson-Morley experiment of 1887 was the watershed in our coming to understand how differently waves propagate. As such, it ought also to have been the watershed in our coming to understand how hearing differs from ...
Kant at the La Ciotat Station: the Arrival of the Lumière's Train
In 1787 Immanuel Kant published a second edition of his Critique of Pure Reason. Within a new preface he reaffirmed an identity that his critics had failed to comprehend: we and God encounter things differently rather than ...
Filmmaking, Logic and the Historical Reconstruction of the World
An assessment in historical context of how and what filmmakers, logicians and philosophers could have learned from one another about the rudiments of their crafts.