Entertaining Unhappiness

This essay sets out reflections on happiness that, it is argued, can be drawn from the 2013 film Blue Jasmine. In doing so, it seeks to demonstrate a certain epistemic potential of sound film; specifically, in the present case, a philosophical and psychological potential. It is argued that this kind of potential resides in a filmmaker’s ability to realistically represent aspects of the world that can otherwise rarely, if ever, be experienced so reflectively.

To appear in Craig Fox and Britt Harrison, eds, Philosophy of Film Without Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, exp. 2022)

[On communication]

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[On examples]

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[On paradoxes]

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[On the nature of intuition]

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[On skill and intuition]

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