Filming Concepts, Thinking Images: On Wonder, Montage and Disruption in an Image-Saturated World


This article explores the relation between cinema and philosophy through the lens of interest shown by some filmmakers in the lives and works of philosophers. It begins by delving into contemporary perspectives on the relationship between philosophy and cinema. In order to assess how the constitutive dissimilarity of the two terms and the ways in which they can be brought together are at the origin of speculative short circuits and experiences of wonder, it brings together the works of thinkers – Cavell, Benjamin, and Kracauer; and filmmakers Rossellini, Montaldo, Keaton, and Jarman. Reflecting on the aesthetic and cultural impact of cinema is all the more important given the current omnipresence of images and prosthetic technologies that, with their incessant solicitations, threaten the processes of apprehension, learning, and conveying of knowledge. Thinking and perceiving differently thus becomes an essential function of cinema, one keenly performed in Safaa Fathy’s Derrida’s Elsewhere, analyzed in the last two sections.


film, philosophy, wonder, speculative short circuit, montage, disruption

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Baldi, Vania, and Nélio Conceição. “Filming Concepts, Thinking Images: On Wonder, Montage and Disruption in an Image-Saturated World.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 6, no. 2 (2022):  70-85. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2022.0017.


Vania Baldi
Prof. ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, CIES-IUL,
Av. das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal;
Digital Media and Interaction Centre, Universidade de Aveiro,
3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

Nélio Conceição
IFILNOVA – Nova Institute of Philosophy, Nova University of Lisbon,
Avenida de Berna 26C, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal


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