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Margrethe Bruun Vaage
University of Kent at Canterbury
  1. Fiction Film and the Varieties of Empathic Engagement.Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2010 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 34 (1):158-179.
    Mindreading, simulation, empathy and central imagining are often used interchangeably in current analytic philosophy, and typically defined as imagining what the other wants and believes – to run these states “off-line.” By imagining the other’s beliefs and desires, one will come to understand and predict his emotional and behavioural reactions. Many have suggested that films may trigger engagement in the characters’ perspectives, and one finds similar use of these terms in film theory. Imagining the characters’ states – with emphasis on (...)
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    The Antihero in American Television.Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2016 - Routledge.
    The antihero prevails in recent American drama television series. Characters such as mobster kingpin Tony Soprano, meth cook and gangster-in-the-making Walter White and serial killer Dexter Morgan are not morally good, so how do these television series make us engage in these morally bad main characters? And what does this tell us about our moral psychological make-up, and more specifically, about the moral psychology of fiction? Vaage argues that the fictional status of these series deactivates rational, deliberate moral evaluation, making (...)
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  3. Self-Reflection: Beyond Conventional Fiction Film Engagement.Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2009 - Nordicom Review 30:159-178.
    Idiosyncratic responses as more strictly personal responses to fiction film that vary across individual spectators. In philosophy of film, idiosyncratic responses are often deemed inappropriate, unwarranted and unintended by the film. One type of idiosyncratic response is when empathy with a character triggers the spectator to reflect on his own real life issues. Self-reflection can be triggered by egoistic drift, where the spectator starts imagining himself in the character’s shoes, by re-experiencing memories, or by unfamiliar experiences that draw the spectator’s (...)
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    Fictional Reliefs and Reality Checks.Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2013 - Screen 54 (2).
    The present paper explores the moral psychology of fiction conceptually through the paired concepts ‘fictional relief’ and ‘reality check’. I suggest that the spectator of fictional films and television series sees himself as relieved from some of the moral obligations the spectator of nonfiction films sees himself as subject to, such as considering the consequences of a character's actions and attitudes. A fictional attitude is disturbed when elements of nonfiction are inserted into the fiction, such as the documentary photographs in (...)
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    Don, Peggy, and Other Fictional Friends? Engaging with Characters in Television Series.Robert Blanchet & Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2012 - Projections 6 (2):18-41.
    As the frequent use of metaphors like friendship or relationship in academic and colloquial discourse on serial television suggests, long-term narratives seem to add something to the spectator's engagement with fictional characters that is not fully captured by terms such as empathy and sympathy. Drawing on philosophical accounts of friendship and psychological theories on the formation of close relationships, this article clarifies in what respect the friendship metaphor is warranted. The article proposes several hypotheses that will enhance cognitive theories of (...)
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  6. The Role of Empathy in Gregory Currie's Philosophy of Film.Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2009 - British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (2):109-128.
    Although Gregory Currie is often presented as a strong defender of empathic simulation as part of spectator engagement, this paper questions the importance of empathy in Currie's philosophy of film. Currie's account of the imagination is too propositional, and his account of a more sensuous and experiential kind of imagining is found wanting. While giving a convincing account of impersonal imagining in relation to fiction film, Currie does not sufficiently explain what empathy is, and what relation it has to other (...)
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    The Aesthetics of Football.Steffen Borge, Murray Smith & Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2015 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 9 (2):93-96.
  8. The Repulsive Rapist.Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2015 - In Lisa Zunshine (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Literary Studies.
    There are many murderer protagonists in recent American television series. Rape, however, is most often used to mark a character as clearly villainous—and more so than a murderer. This chapter argues that rape is morally disgusting. Nonetheless, in real life laws rape is not in the same way marked as being worse than murder. This chapter suggests that the explanation for this asymmetry between fiction and real-life moral psychology is that we as spectators rely more heavily on moral emotions when (...)
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    The Empathetic Film Spectator in Analytic Philosophy and Naturalized Phenomenology.Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2006 - Film and Philosophy 10:21.
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  10. Bokanmeldelser.Hallvard J. Fossheim, Margrethe Bruun Vaage & Øystein Lundestad - 2007 - Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 41 (3):257-264.
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  11. Fiksjon, Innlevelse Og Selvreferanse.Margrethe Bruun Vaage - 2005 - Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 40 (2):124-137.
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