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Ahlat Ağacı ve Var-Kalma Çabası
The Wild Pear Tree and Conatus

Author(s): Harun Mustafa Töle
Subject(s): Early Modern Philosophy, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Serdar Öztürk
Keywords: Nuri Bilge Ceylan; The Wild Pear Tree; Spinoza; Conatus; Encounters; Joy; Sadness;

Summary/Abstract: This study analyzes the film, Ahlat Ağacı (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2018), through the concept of “the inclination to persist in its own being [conatus]” which occupies a significant place in the philosophy of Spiniza. The aim of the study is to examine the relation between the film and the concept of conatus. The study, discussing the concept of conatus over the last film of Ceylan who is among the most prominent director in Turkish cinema, reveals that there can be connections between the film and the philosophy of Spinoza by tracing the main characters’ conatus in the province, their wills, confrontations, happiness and sadness with the fundamental concepts of the philosophy of Spinoza.

  • Issue Year: 4/2019
  • Issue No: Sp. Iss
  • Page Range: 5-25
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Turkish