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Title: The double life of the self and the other : Krzysztof Kieślowski's French cinema in Ricoeurian and Nancean terms
Author: Pawłowicz-Weychan, Marta
ISNI:       0000 0004 9353 6620
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis proposes a new interpretation of Kieślowski's French cinema, that is based on two philosophical theories offered by Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Luc Nancy. It focuses on the problem of personal identity and asserts that the four films, The Three Colours trilogy (1993-1994) and The Double Life of Veronique (1991), present two perspectives on the relationship between the self and the other. The two approaches to personal identity in Kieślowski's French cinema are understood to unite two corresponding philosophical theories by Ricoeur and Nancy. The common ground between the two cinematic perspectives lies in their support for the necessity of other beings in one's separate existence. On the one hand, in Blue and White the other is constitutive of the self when read in Ricoeurian terms. On the other hand, although a Nancean interpretation of Red and The Double Life of Veronique lacks the possibility of identifying either the self or the other, it still requires their co-existence or being-with. These approaches are not mutually exclusive and can be considered to be two different positions on the impossibility of understanding a person in terms of the Cartesian cogito. Although these two positions on subjectivity are distinctly different, they are proved to be consistent with each other. Consequently, Kieślowski's cinema may be understood to offer the Nancean vision of co-existence as the only meaning of the world presented in his films, but at the same time challenging the ethical limits set by Ricoeur for a person, by surpassing both these thresholds and oneself for the other.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Motion pictures