Cinematic philosophy: Experiential affirmation in Memento

Rafe McGregor

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This article demonstrates that Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000) meets both conditions of Paisley Livingston's bold thesis of cinema as philosophy. I delineate my argument in terms of Aaron Smuts's clarifications of Livingston's conditions. The results condition, which is concerned with the nature of the philosophical content, is developed in relation to Berys Gaut's conception of narrational confirmation, which I designate 'experiential affirmation.' Because experiential affirmation is a function of cinematic depiction, it meets Livingston's means condition, which is concerned with the capacities of the medium or art form. I address two objections to my argument and conclude with a brief commentary on the implications for the broader relationship between film and philosophy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-66
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


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