Cosmos and Camus (inbunden)
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Cosmos and Camus (inbunden)

Cosmos and Camus

Science Fiction Film and the Absurd

Inbunden Engelska, 2020-06-30
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Over the last two decades, philosophers have been increasingly inclined to consider science fiction films as philosophical exercises that center on the nature of human consciousness and existence. Albert Camus' philosophy of the absurd, however, has almost never been employed as a constructive perspective that can reveal unexplored aspects of these films. This is surprising, since science fiction films seem to be packed with visions and dialogues that echo the Sisyphean universe.Cosmos and Camus endeavors to set foot in this uncharted terrain. Its first part introduces the main components of Camus' absurdity so that it can be easily applied to the analysis of the films later. Equipped with these Camusean essentials, the book delves into an indepth analysis of two first-encounter films (Contact and Arrival) and two A.I. films (A.I. and Her). These analyses yield more than an insightful reflection of the absurd contents in science fiction film. Indeed, imaginative collisions with nonhumans seem to tell us a lot about the nature of the absurd in the human condition, as well as raising the question of whether absurdity is exclusively a human matter. Ultimately, the interpretation of the films illuminates the films themselves just as much as it illuminates, challenges, and expands Camus' concept of absurdity.
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acknowledgments - abbreviations - introduction camus' absurd and science fiction film: a potential point of convergence? - part i camus' absurd: consciousness and limits - the redemptive power of absurd walls in The Stranger - "If I were a tree": Facing the limits of human existence in the myth of sisyphus - "A strange form of love": Responding to the limits of human existence in the myth of sisyphus and the rebel - Part II Science fiction films: Absurd at the edge of the cosmos - Introduction to Part II - When the silent universe speaks: Applying Camus' absurd to the alien encounters of contact and arrival - Dreams of the impossible: Applying Camus' absurd to the human/machine relations of a.i. artificial intelligence and her - The strangers: Reflections on the interrelations between Camus' absurd and sci-fi encounters with nonhumans - Bibliography - Index.