Prof. Nancy Bauer
Philosophy and Film
Miner 1 (basement)
What follows is, as I say in the first sentence, a fragment of a paper of mine on the films
(This is, roughly speaking, the kind of paper—the genre of paper, if you like—that
I’m asking you to produce for your final project.)
The journal assignment for this week is to respond to
the claims I make in this paper in any way you like.
You may contest them or tweak them or provide
further evidence for them or even ask questions about them.
Occasionally in the paper I refer to “Husserl.”
This is Edmund Husserl, the founder, in the early 20
century, of a philosophical movement called “phenomenology.”
As I mentioned in class earlier in the
term, when we were working on Sartre’s
Being and Nothingness
, phenomenology is essentially a style
of philosophizing that proceeds by analyzing the data of consciousness.
(Husserl occasionally identifies
Descartes as the first phenomenologist, insofar as Descartes begins to rid himself of skeptical doubt by
inspecting his mind and noticing that he cannot doubt that he is thinking.)
Heidegger was a student of
Husserl’s, and part of the goal of the longer version of my paper is to distinguish Heidegger’s
phenomenology, particularly his phenomenology of time (that is, what time
to us, how we
experience it) from that of his teacher.
Don’t worry if you don’t quite follow what I’m saying when I
compare Heidegger and Husserl, but of course feel free to ask me to elaborate, if you like.
This is a fragment of a paper on Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed pair of films
. In the earlier film, which was released in 1995, two strangers, a young American man named Jesse (played by Ethan
Hawke) and a young Parisian woman named Celine (played by Julie Delpy), find themselves falling in love as they spend a
night walking around Vienna and talking. At the end of the film, as a new day is dawning, the pair tear themselves away
from one another to return to their respective homes, half a world away; in an attempt to be realistic about their prospects,
they do not exchange phone numbers or addresses or even last names but vow to meet again in Vienna six months to the day
, which was released in 2004, nine years after the earlier film, opens with Jesse making an appearance at
the famous Left Bank bookstore Shakespeare and Company to promote his first novel, which he has entitled
book is about a man and woman who spend one glorious night together wandering around Vienna before going their separate