This article attempts to reframe the concepts of want and need, typical of screenwriting studies, in terms of Stanley Cavell’s Emersonian perfectionism, and follows up some of the philosophical and cultural-historical implications of this reframing. The article Bbeginsning with a discussion of the difficulties and opportunities of an interdisciplinary inquiry that crosses the now well-guarded boundaries between philosophy of film, film studies, and screenwriting manuals,. Itthe article then goes on to provides a literature review ofn the concepts of want and need. It considers the limitations of existing attempts to philosophically ground these concepts philosophically in terms of Aristoteliean virtue ethics, and argues that Cavell’s notion of moral perfectionism is a more fit candidate for the task. Finally, it refers to the analytical framework of Howard S. Becker’s sociology of the arts to provide a hypothesis on the relation between the perfectionism of the screenwriting concepts of want and need and American culture. Overall, the article intends sets out both to deepen our philosophical and cultural-historical understanding of the concepts of want and need, and to use them to extend Cavell’s analysis on the perfectionism of American cinema beyond the limits of the handful of authors and film genres he has takentook into account.

Want/Need: A Reassessment from the Pperspective of Stanley Cavell’s Emersonian Perfectionism

Raffaele Ariano
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This article attempts to reframe the concepts of want and need, typical of screenwriting studies, in terms of Stanley Cavell’s Emersonian perfectionism, and follows up some of the philosophical and cultural-historical implications of this reframing. The article Bbeginsning with a discussion of the difficulties and opportunities of an interdisciplinary inquiry that crosses the now well-guarded boundaries between philosophy of film, film studies, and screenwriting manuals,. Itthe article then goes on to provides a literature review ofn the concepts of want and need. It considers the limitations of existing attempts to philosophically ground these concepts philosophically in terms of Aristoteliean virtue ethics, and argues that Cavell’s notion of moral perfectionism is a more fit candidate for the task. Finally, it refers to the analytical framework of Howard S. Becker’s sociology of the arts to provide a hypothesis on the relation between the perfectionism of the screenwriting concepts of want and need and American culture. Overall, the article intends sets out both to deepen our philosophical and cultural-historical understanding of the concepts of want and need, and to use them to extend Cavell’s analysis on the perfectionism of American cinema beyond the limits of the handful of authors and film genres he has takentook into account.
Stanley Cavell, Pperfectionism, Want, Need, Screenwriting, Howard Becker
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