Stanley Cavell

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Richard Eldridge, Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy Richard Eldridge
Cambridge University Press, 2003 M02 24 - 248 pages
Stanley Cavell has been one of the most creative and independent of contemporary philosophical voices. At the core of his thought is the view that skepticism is not a theoretical position to be refuted by philosophical theory but is a reflection of the fundamental limits of human knowledge of the self, of others and of the external world that must be accepted. This volume is the first attempt systematically and accessibly to describe and assess the full range of Cavell's work. There are new accounts of Cavell's contribution to the philosophy of mind and language, the theory of action, ethics, aesthetics, Romanticism, American philosophy. Richard Eldridge is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philsophy Department at Swarthmore College. He is author of The Persistence of Romanticism (Cambridge, 2001), On Moral Personhood: Philosophy, Literature, Criticism, and Self-Understanding (Chicago, 1989) and Leading a Human Life: Wittengenstein, Intentionality, and Romanticism (Chicago, 1997), which won the 1998 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Book Prize awarded by the American Conference on Romanticism. He is the editor of Beyond Representation: Philosophy and Poetic Imagination (Cambridge, 1996).
 

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Contents

Introduction Between Acknowledgment and Avoidance
1
Stanley Cavell and Ethics
15
The Names of Action
48
Stanley Cavells Vision of the Normativity of Language Grammar Criteria and Rules
79
Aesthetics Modernism Literature Cavells Transformations of Philosophy
107
A Second Primavera Cavell German Philosophy and Romanticism
143
Cavell on American Philosophy and the Idea of America
172
Disowning Knowledge Cavell on Shakespeare
190
Cavell on Film Television and Opera
206
Brief Annotated Bibliography of Works by and about Stanley Cavell
239
Index
245
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