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"THE BOURNE IDENTITY" by. Tony Gilroy. Based on the novel by. Robert Ludlum. PARIS DRAFT 9/20/ DARKNESS. THE SOUND OF WIND AND SPRAY. Read The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1) Book PDF. The man has been shot many times, but he lives. Who wants to kill him, and why? The man can't remember. He can't even remember his name. As he begins to.
For example, he is not capable of justifying his claim about how far and how fast he can run. The only source for such a justification would be his memory of having done this, but he has none. They are being uttered spontaneously in response to the names said by Marie. He has similarly lost the grounds, in losing his memory, for his beliefs about the tracing of phone calls and the identity of hotels with 6 large vaults as well as the proposition that suitcases filled with bonds should be placed in hotel safes.
These propositions are not merely the random facts that one acquires through ordinary education and experience Bourne has lost most of his knowledge-that of such facts. They are uttered while performing the tasks of his profession. They form as much a part of knowing-how to be a spy and assassin as his abilities to wield a gun and escape pursuers. There are a couple of places where Ryle seems to recognize examples of what I am calling propositional knowledge-how.
Now, Jason Bourne is a fictional character.
He is only useful for our current purposes if he can draw our attention to cases of propositional knowledge-how in the real world. To take one example, consider our ordinary facility with numbers. When I am able to say automatically that I will need 70 sheets of paper in order to make 10 copies of a 7- page paper, I am exhibiting knowledge-how even though it is exhibited by my 7 propounding of a proposition.
It would take some deliberation to recover or discover some justification for this proposition. When I first learned to multiply, I exhibited this knowledge by reciting my multiplication tables in the 3rd grade.
When I did this I was exhibiting knowledge-that; I could justify these propositions by the multiplication table that I studied and my memory of it.
But my ordinary utterances of propositions about multiplication are best seen as exhibitions of knowledge-how. I want to conclude with a consideration of another sort of example of knowledge- how. But first, I need to point out the majority of our knowledge is implicit. Most of our knowledge-that we never articulate. Our knowledge-how can be similarly implicit or, as Ryle expresses it, it is possessed dispositionally.
We attribute implicit knowledge to others based on what they do say in the case of knowledge-that or do in the case of knowledge-how. Ludwig Wittgenstein discussed a certain kind of implicit knowledge. Nevertheless, all of us would assent to their truth. Until then, they are examples of implicit knowledge. However, we have never performed an investigation that provided us with evidence of their truth, and even if we were to, any evidence we discovered would likely be no more certain then the proposition it was meant to support.
To regard these propositions in this way is superior to, for example, taking them to be self-evident, that is, somehow internally justified. But one of the ways that Wittgenstein elaborates on this characterization generates its own problems. Unfortunately, this has suggested to many that they are arbitrary and conventional, and as such, unsecured, easily exchangeable, and so on, and that they infect all the propositions they supposedly ground with the same qualities.
This is, in part, a consequence of conceiving them as examples of knowledge- that. However, if we conceive of them as examples of propositional knowledge-how, then such worries over their lack of justification or groundlessness would disappear. He is also capable of inflicting substantial violence. However, he does not emerge unscathed from the torrent of spilled blood. As a man, as a lover, he is unsure of who he is, perpetually doubting himself and experiencing violent flashbacks he cannot control.
In Port Noir, Dr. Geoffrey Washburn tells Bourne that his pain will signal him to stop and listen to his surfacing memories.
The conflict here is that Bourne does not stop when he is injured or in the kind of pain that would cause any other man to give up. One way in which Bourne's superhuman qualities can seem justified is in the backstory about his training and missions as part of Operation Medusa, the clandestine special operations group he served in during the Vietnam War. The history of the Vietnam War is incredibly bloody. Soldiers committed inconceivable acts of violence against Vietnamese civilians and, as a result, were ruined in mind and body.
Perhaps Ludlum intended Bourne's capacity to inflict and endure violence to be a heroic trait. Or possibly his almost superhuman tolerance was meant to prove his damaged psyche.
Though, as a writer, Ludlum seems to revel in the violence and gore of Bourne's journey.
However, the effect of Jason Bourne spending the majority of the novel aghast at the idea that he could be a ruthless assassin is a residual sorrow for those who have been to war. This is at the heart of The Bourne Identity.
A consequence of war, for individuals, is the discovery of their own capacity for violence, something powerful enough to ruin a human psyche.
The office of the president had not recovered from the Watergate conspiracy and President Richard Nixon's subsequent resignation The arms race with the U. The Vietnam War's high casualty rate and lack of popular support left the idea of American exceptionality in serious doubt. Ludlum 's novel explores this lack of faith and trust in the government and the political system as a whole. When his wife and two children were killed, he joined a paramilitary Special forces unit in Vietnam.
During one mission, he discovered and executed the double agent Jason Bourne. He took the name years later when he was recruited for Treadstone. At the novel's end, it is revealed that "Bourne" has recovered from the encounter with Carlos and probably lives together with St. He remains the only one to ever have seen the face of Carlos and may be able to recognize him as a public figure, but is unable to do so due to his erratic memory.
As a consequence, he is protected day and night by armed watchmen, in the hope he will one day recover enough to identify Carlos. The plot closes with him remembering his first name. The idea behind the Bourne trilogy came after he had a bout of temporary amnesia.
After his first book, The Scarlatti Inheritance , was published, he could not remember 12 hours of his life. This event, combined with thrilling real-life spy stories, inspired him to write the Jason Bourne trilogy. In the novel, the name is portrayed as the random last name of a double agent.
ABC News speculated that the name was actually "most likely" inspired by Ansel Bourne , a famous 19th-century psychology case due to his experience of a probable dissociative fugue. Brown" ; after two months, he woke up with no memories of this new life, but with memories recovered up to this time and returned to his old life.
The rare and controversial dissociative fugue has been described "a state in which an individual has lost their identity" by Harvard psychologist Daniel Schacter. They go on functioning automatically. Ludlum wrote two sequels to The Bourne Identity: The story was also partially adapted in the Tamil language film Vetri Vizha starring Kamal Haasan.
The film The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon , Franka Potente and Chris Cooper has largely modernized the material and is only very loosely based on the central premise of the novel. The music video , directed by Dick Maas , features a storyline with lead singer Barry Hay as an espionage agent gone rogue who is inevitably apprehended by three henchmen played by the other members of the band. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the novel. For the movie based on the novel, see The Bourne Identity film.
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