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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 16, 2016

Film and Phenomenology

Regina-Nino Mion
Pages 269-293
DOI: 10.5840/studphaen20161610

Husserl and Cinematographic Depictive Images
The Conflict between the Actor and the Character

According to John Brough, we can use Husserl’s theory of image consciousness to explain the conflict between the actor and the character in cinematographic depictions in terms of an empirical conflict between the “image object” and the “physical thing.” I disagree with him and I shall show that the conflict between the actor and the character can only be explained in terms of a non-empirical conflict between two “image subjects.” The empirical conflict that concerns the subject is between how the actor or the character appears in image consciousness and how it appears or would appear in perception, that is, between the “image subject” and the “subject as it appears in perception.”

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