The Cognitive Value of Blade Runner

Rafe McGregor

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-335
JournalAesthetic Investigations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


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