The Cognitive Value of Blade Runner

Rafe McGregor

Abstract


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 debate in §1.  §2 sets out my position: that the Final Cut affirms the proposition there is no necessary relation between humanity and human beings.  I outline the combination of cinematic depiction with distinctive features of the narrative’s peripeteia in §3.  In §4, I explain the cognitive value of the peripeteia.


Keywords


Artistic Value, Blade Runner, Cinematic Philosophy, Cognitive Value, Narrative Representation

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