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phantasm

(in the philosophy of Plato) objective reality as distorted by perception
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Phantasm, from the animated theatrical release Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).

Phantasm

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An “Angel of Death” appears in Gotham City, a shrouded executioner with a skull-like faceplate, slicing through crimelords with a wrist-mounted scythe, then vanishing supernaturally into a wisp of fog. Batman is blamed for the murders, placing the Dark Knight in double jeopardy as he hunts down this vexing vigilante while evading an unremitting police force. Complicating his life is the return of Andrea Beaumont, the first love of the man behind the Bat-mask, Bruce Wayne. And thus begins one of Batman's most personal stories, his heart torn asunder by a flame that still flickers, and his flesh endangered by the blade of the merciless supervillain known as Phantasm. This most poignant of Batman stories … is a cartoon. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, a 76-minute animated film directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, was released theatrically on Christmas Day 1993. A spin-off of television's Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995), Phantasm was envisioned as a made-for-video feature but was upgraded to theatrical status shortly into its production (to producer Warner Bros.' chagrin; the movie performed poorly at the box office, but it later became a home-video favorite). Phantasm was inspired by the Reaper, the slayer in DC Comics' 1987 “Batman: Year Two” storyline. While not as graphic as comics' Reaper (to maintain the film's PG rating), Phantasm's screen presence was buttressed by atmospheric moodiness—the villain's emergence from and disappearance into the fog, plus eerie orchestral nuances by soundtrack composer Shirley Walker— that might have escaped the character had Phantasm originated on the comic-book page. Although the film's revelation (spoiler warning!) that Wayne's love interest Andrea (Dana Delany) was actually Phantasm surprised only the acutely naive (as well as a few little boys who bought the tie-in Phantasm action figure, removed its forbidding cloak, and gasped, “Hey, it's a girl!”), the exceptionally well-made, Art Deco-esque Mask of the Phantasm was, until the release of 2005's live-action Batman Begins, regarded by many Dark Knight devotees as the best Batman movie ever produced.
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A lo largo de sus escritos psicologicos no solo distingue muy cuidadosamente entre la capacidad, la actividad y el producto, sino que, en el caso del uso de phantasia, muchas veces cambia a phantasma para designar el producto y ocasionalmente usa phantastikon para la capacidad (De Anima 432a 31).
As far as temporal deixis is concerned, the temporal location is generally the present time; however, in keeping with the use of deixis am phantasma forms, confessional poets often operate the transfer of past scenes into the present.
These consider issues of interpretation, myth as informative phantasma, literal and deep meanings in myth, myths and allegories in The Republic, freedom in Platonic myth, and Plato's exoteric myths.
9," Notes and Queries 52 (2005): 190-92; Claudia Richter, "Performing God's Wrath: Tamburlaine, Calvinism, and the Phantasma of Terror," Shakespeare Jahrbuch 143 (2007): 52-70; and Richard F.
Tan es asi que el Aquinate, en seguimiento de Aristoteles, hace indispensable el phantasma para pensar: "si phantasmata se habent ad animam intellectivam sicut sensibile ad sensum, sicut sensus non potest sentire sine sensibilia, ita anima non potest intelligere sine phantasmata" (11).
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