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Fate, freedom and anime-worldliness: from Heidegger and Nishida to anime-philosophy

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posted on 2022-03-29, 01:11 authored by Philip Gordon Martin
Recent philosophy has begun a fruitful relationship with the challenges posed by film. Oneform of this encounter, sometimes termed 'film-philosophy', explores general and aesthetic questions about film and its relationship to philosophy, such as why film matters, if film can engage in philosophical thinking, what philosophical concerns may be relevant in our experience of film, and how film may change the way we think about philosophising.However, such inquiries have held an overwhelming bias towards traditional 'live-action' film. This brief dissertation will open up the field to a heretofore neglected form of audiovisual media: Japanese anime. I will develop a concept of anime-worlds from Thomas Lamarre's media theory and philosophy of technology alongside Daniel Yacavone's film-philosophy in order to explore how anime can be philosophical and the ways in which it can engage in reflective philosophical thought. I will demonstrate the value of this approach by addressing specific examples of anime and examining how they develop ideas of fate and freedom. This will be accomplished through the deployment of a hermeneutic framework extracted from readings of fate, freedom and worldliness in the philosophies of Martin Heidegger and theKyōto School. Through this engagement, anime will reveal new ways of understanding the relationship between philosophy and film media. Anime has its own special contributions to make to philosophy, and to understand these (beyond film-philosophy) we must embarkdown the path of anime-philosophy.


Table of Contents

Introduction -- Chapter 1. Enclosure, disclosure and technics : Heidegger and the laying bare of potentialities -- Chapter 2. Passing through nothingness : teleology and dialectic in the Kyōto School -- Chapter 3. Anime-worlds and anime-philosophy : fate, freedom and animetics -- Conclusion: Towards anime-philosophy : decoding anime-worlds.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 62-69

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy

Department, Centre or School

Department of Philosophy

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Robert Sinnerbrink


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