The purpose of this essay is to argue that Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Ridley Scott, 2007) has cognitive value which is inseparable from its value as a work of cinema. I introduce the cinematic philosophy and aesthetic cognitivist debates in §1. §2 sets out my position: that the Final Cut provides lucid phenomenological knowledge of the absence of a necessary relation between humanity and human beings. I outline the distinctive features of the narrative’s peripeteia in §3, showing that the film conveys the knowledge in question in virtue of its combination of depiction and narrativity.
|Published - 23 Dec 2016