Cinema Consciousness: Elements of a Husserlian Approach to Film Image

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Dialoguing with Husserl’s manuscripts on Phantasy, Image Consciousness and Memory, this paper aims to shed light on some of the primary concepts defining his notion of image – such as “belief,” “presentification” (Vergegenwärtigung) and perzeptive Phantasie – and endeavors to show how such concepts could be profitably developed for the sake of a phenomenological description of film image. More in particular, these analyses aim to give a phenomenological account of the distinction between positing film images, presupposing a claim to reality – for example the ones we experience in a documentary attitude – and quasi-positing film images involved in artistic creation. The latter, despite their photographic relation to reality, are capable of giving rise to filmic “image-worlds” having intersubjective existence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-324
Number of pages29
JournalStudia Phaenomenologica
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Belief
  • Reality
  • Image
  • Phantasy
  • Perceptio


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